PROPER SURF CLUB ON THE WAY AT LAST
By MEL MARTIN
FOR years the Red Rock-Corindi Surf Life Saving Club has operated out of a garage and a rusty old shipping container, but finally the news has come that this will be their last season without a clubhouse.
"We're reallly excited, this is so great for our members, it's been such a long time coming," club president Mark Aspinall said.
"We've been battling to get our clubhouse since we started patrolling in 1991."
The NSW Government announced $230,000 worth of funding to the Red Rock Corindi Surf Life Saving Club to build their new two-storey building, which will be used for training and storage space.
And it couldn't have come soon enough.
"This is the second year we've applied for this grant, but we missed out last year," Mr Aspinall said.
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"Operating out of a double garage makes it a bit difficult to do what we have to do, and we've got equipment all over the place, Grafton Woolgoolga, everywhere.
"We've got an old shipping container we use for storage at the back, but it's full of holes. Last year, we lost a rubber duckie because the rats got in and chewed it up."
Mr Aspinall said the clubhouse would be located at the same site as the existing facilities, within the caravan park, and he hopes the new facilities will help attract more members.
"I have a lot of respect for the members we've got, with what they've had to put up with," he said.
"Being a little country club, we always need more members, but at the moment it's a bit hard because we haven't got too much to offer without a clubhouse."
But the new clubhouse isn't built just yet ? with the total cost of the building being more than $340,000, plenty of fundraising still has to be done.
"If people are able to help with cash or material donations, we'd be really grateful," Mr Aspinall said.
Mr Aspinall said the funding announcement, together with the fact Red Rock is getting a Tower of Strength, is a great start to the season, as vandals had destroyed the club's observation deck to the point where parts of it would have to be dismantled.
And it seems the club's luck has well and truly turned ? they have also won a Yamaha grant, which will provide them with a brand new motor, complete with prop guard and propeller.
Under the NSW Government Surf Life Saving Facility Development Program, the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving also received funding, worth $120,000, to improve its facilities, including installing a lift to improve access for people with disabilities.
If you wish to help the Red Rock-Corindi Surf Life Saving Club with cash or material donations, call the club on 6649 1248.