Surf club copes with power outage

THE Coffs Harbour Surf Club was plunged into darkness on its busiest day of the week, after an electricity failure interrupted power supplies on Sunday.

Battling through busy breakfast and lunch trades, the surf club’s restaurant and bar was without power for almost 12-hours.

Despite the drama, kitchen staff still managed to offer customers a limited menu, slaving away in the dark without the use of exhaust fans.

Coffee and tapped beer was off the menu and ‘Sunday Session’ musicians played their opening sets acoustically.

Restaurant and bar owner operator Nicole Manly said the outage happened after a faulty power board caught alight outside the club. “We would like to say a special big thank you to all of the clubbies involved, who helped us overcome the drama,” Ms Manly said.

“Especially Paul Stocks from Stocks and Hogan Core and Saw, who organised a generator for us to use while the power was out.

“It really was a hectic day, very chaotic and such a shame it happened on our busiest day of the week.

“A lot of customers stayed on, but a lot of people also went elsewhere, which is understandable given we couldn’t make coffees,” she said.

The loss of trading is the subject of an insurance claim.

Country Energy crews and electricians restored power shortly after 5pm.



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