Norman will be missed
By UTE SCHULENBERG
AFTER 17 years of patrolling Scotts Head Beach, Norman Eldridge is hanging up his volunteer's hat.
"I'm 80 years old now and I've had to give the fishing away," Mr Eldridge said.
"It's time to let some of the younger fellows have a go."
At last week's Nambucca Shire Council meeting, the mayor Cr George Hicks presented Mr Eldridge with a certificate of appreciation acknowledging his years of invaluable service.
"I've known Norm for a long time," Cr Hicks said.
"He's been fishing at Scotts Head for as long as I can remember, as well as voluntarily patrolling the beach and pulling people up if they are driving too fast."
He said Mr Eldridge's presence would be missed. Later in the meeting, the council debated beach access permit fees.
Cr Paula Flack said the $15 fee should be reviewed and increased to $18.
"I am concerned with the number of vehicles on the beach without permits," Cr Flack said.
"It is a huge task to check all vehicles during holiday times and there is a real risk regarding council liability.
"We should be looking at the issue of vehicles on beaches and how we manage that."
The director of engineering, Bruce Redman, said fees usually covered the costs of the repairs and maintenance of signs and tracks.
"This year was the first time we spent the full budget, often it is in surplus," Mr Redman said.
The council voted to keep the access fee at $15.
Cr Flack voted against the motion.