Minnie surf club will not 'waver'

PROPOSED changes to the Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club's clubhouse roof caused a stir at a Clarence Valley Council Environment, Economic and Community Committee meeting in Maclean on Tuesday night.

At the meeting were a number of residents mainly opposed to the surf club's proposed modifications to the clubhouse design, particularly the intention to change the roof from a 'wave' design to a 'skillion' style.

Minnie Water resident Karen Armstrong addressed the council committee, speaking for several residents opposed to the changes.

She told councillors the wave roof design was an integral part of the residents' agreement to allow the surf club to go ahead.

However, Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club president Tony Benfield said Ms Armstrong was wrong.

“That's the perception of Karen Armstrong, who claims to be speaking on behalf of the people of Minnie Water,” he said.

“The wave roof wasn't the clincher that won the community. If we had the money we'd go with a wave roof, but the reality is we don't.”

Mr Benfield said the proposed change could save the club $80,000. He also fired back at accusations that the surf club didn't consult the community about the proposed changes.

“We're of the opinion that we've done enough consultation and we just want to get on with building the clubhouse,” he said.

“We respect the community's right to express their opinion but it has gone beyond what is reasonable.”

Clarence Valley Council received 33 submissions on the modified development application, 32 of which opposed it.

Crs Comben, Williamson and Tiley recommended the modifications be accepted, while Cr Howe dissented. The proposal goes before council on Tuesday.

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