Backing for new Woopi surf club

THE Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club has initiated investigations into building a replacement clubhouse.

The surf club was built by volunteers in the early 1950s.

While it still has its original wooden floors the clubhouse has only limited storage space for a huge array of specialist sporting and lifesaving equipment including IRB boats, surf boats, skis and boards.

Much of that continues to be stored in and around the club's gymnasium.

Another challenge for the club is the mounting maintenance program. Only recently $12,000 was spent creating a new first floor fire escape.

The surf club president, Les Pepper, said early investigations had revealed that the current surf club was not built on all the available land and a new building could be 4.5 metres wider over two stories providing much needed facilities.

Cr John Arkan has already publicly supported a new surf club at Coffs Harbour City Council meetings.

“The club has been here for so long, it is an integral part of the community, and I would support any initiative to build a new facility,” he said. “I would call on the State and Federal members to also get on board.



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