At last, our own clubhouse

TWENTY one years after it was first planned, Red Rock has at last got its own surf clubhouse.

Members, former members and friends of Red Rock Corindi Surf Life Saving Club yesterday celebrated the opening of the two-storey $300,000 clubhouse, the culmination of more than two decades of planning.

Led by a pipe band, about 100 surf life savers and supporters marched from the Red Rock Park to the new clubhouse where inaugural Club President Gary McSkimming cut the tape to open the club.

Flag bearer for the occasion was another active inaugural member, Jim Fallon.

The official ceremony was followed by an Open Day and sausage sizzle at the new clubhouse, with a DVD showing past and current activities and a few cleansing ales for the hard-working members.

Current Club Vice-President and Acting President Wayne Scott also paid tribute to the work of Olive Bounty and his late wife, Irene Scott for their work in helping to get the club off the ground in 1989.

"In 1986 it was identified there was a need to have some sort of rescue organisation here and from 1986 to 1991 a life saving group raised funds to pay for lifeguards on the beach," Mr Scott said.

"For the first few years we had a two-bay garage, then we went to a four-bay garage and now we have doubled the footprint."

The NSW Government provided funds for the new building through a grant, matched by the club, but the rising price of building since the grant was awarded means the club is about $20,000 short.

Club Secretary Leane McLachlan's record breaking bingo call last week raised $7000 towards the shortfall, but more is needed.

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