Woolgoolga chasing country titles

WOOLGOOLGA Surf Lifesaving Club needs $25,000 to $30,000 per year for the next three summers.

In return, the club will guarantee 3000 visitors each January for a major sporting event that presents the region's surf and beach culture in spectacular fashion.

The club is seeking seed capital from Coffs Harbour City Council to aid their bid to host the New South Wales Country Surf Titles between 2010 and 2012 and a report on the matter will be presented at tonight's extraordinary meeting.

Hosting rights became available last weekend after Hastings-based Tacking Point SLSC completed its contract and while Cape Hawke SLSC (near Forster) is also said to be keen on obtaining the rights, the Woolgoolga bid has unique merits.

The club can boast valuable prior knowledge with a project of this type and size after successfully staging the titles in 2006.

Surf Club president Les Pepper met with council officers yesterday and came away full of confidence at the positive reception he'd received.

“Obviously, there are a few questions the council members may wish to have answered but I left the meeting feeling good about our chances of success,” he said.

“If council can assist by underwriting the amount we need, then we can formalise our proposal and start fundraising if we are chosen.”

While under the mantle of Tacking Point SLSC, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council contributed $15,000 each year to Surf Life Saving NSW for the rights.

But when expressions of interest for a new host site were sought, the increased amount was made known.

Woolgoolga SLSC will contribute the first $5000 each year with the remainder sought from other sources, including council.

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