Coffs surf club rescued by Council
A major fund-raising campaign by the club's members and supporters had seen it raise $200,000 towards the cost of improving the public amenities, entrance way, disabled access and Council Lifeguard facilities at the Park Beach site.
The NSW Government had provided a grant of $120,000 but a Federal Regional Partnership grant of $245,000 was knocked back by the new Rudd Government. As a result, the club put together a revised, smaller plan.
The new plan would still have faced a shortfall of $70,000, but council has now pledged to increase its contribution.
“The improvements originally drawn up by the club were aimed at providing a much better public facility - and one that could be used by even more members of the community - than ever before,” said Councillor Jenny Bonfield, Chair of Council's Corporate Business Committee.
“Council is very mindful of the enormous contribution the club, and all local lifesavers, make to the safety of the public and is happy to be able to find further funding for this very worthy project.”
COFFS Harbour City Council's Lifeguard Service is extending the Lifeguard patrol hours on Sawtell and Park Beaches from Monday, October 20, 2008.
“The start of daylight savings and longer afternoons has led to consistently high numbers of people going to the beach later in the day - especially Sawtell - and we want to make sure that they are as safe as possible,” said Greg Hackfath, Senior Lifeguard.
“So, as of today, we'll be patrolling Sawtell Beach from 9am until 5pm. In addition, Council's Lifeguard Service will also add an extra hour to the service at Park Beach by patrolling from 9am to 3pm.”