Drowning highlights need for clubhouse

By DAVID MOASE

THE drowning of an American woman on Saturday again highlighted Red Rock Corindi Surf Life Saving Club's need for a clubhouse, according to president Rod McSkimming. The club was formed 15 years ago after the drowning of a father and son, but still does not have a clubhouse to store equipment and hold club activities. Equipment is stored in a 6m x 6m shed in the caravan park. Mr McSkimming said while access to a clubhouse would probably not have saved the life of April Shuey, 23, on Saturday, it would have allowed club members to get to the scene quicker. They had to clear other equipment from the tightly packed shed to get to the rescue boat and then decided to launch the boat from the river rather than risk problems with a locked chain blocking access to Back Beach. Mr McSkimming said the appointment of Bob Fish as administrator of the Red Rock Reserve Trust earlier this year had not brought the clubhouse any closer to reality. "The administrator was directed to organise a meeting with interested parties but in six months he has not done anything," Mr McSkimming said. Mr Fish said he hoped community representatives at a meeting to be held next month could avoid further delays by committing to an immediate agreement on the club's future. Delegates from local, regional and State tiers of surf life saving will again appeal for a site on sand dunes, which would put the clubhouse clearly in view of swimming areas at Little and Back beaches. Red Rock Preservation Association member Gwyn Austen, who will be a delegate to next month's meeting, said the group supported the building of a clubhouse but not on the sand dunes.



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