Local businesses and private individuals have come to the rescue of the Lennox Head Surf Club, which has been out of commission for over two years because of the condition of the kitchen and toilets.
The club, which is perched on the beach at Lennox Head and boasts some of the best views on the coast, used to be a vibrant venue, popular with locals for weddings, parties and community events.
But for the past few years it has been lying dormant and largely unused.
Now locals have rallied around the popular local venue, and come up with nearly enough funds to get her up and running again. According to Surf Club president Wayne Jones, it has been a very frustrating time for the club.
‘We used to be able to generate a significant stream of income from hiring the club facilities out and this money went back into its upkeep.
$10,800 raised so far
‘For the past few years we have been relying on bits and pieces of fundraising and it has meant that there has not been enough to carry out the very important works that need doing,’ he said.
Before it is allowed to open its doors for business again, the Club requires a completely new commercial-grade kitchen and six new toilets, estimated to cost around $15,000.
And, thanks to the donations of locals, those funds are about to become available.
‘We have been given $10,800 so far,’ said Mr Jones, ‘which means we are only just over $4000 short of our target.
‘For their contribution, each business will have their name painted on the wall of the Surf Club, so that everyone knows who is responsible for bringing it back to life, and giving it back to the community that treasured it so much over the years,’ Mr Jones said.
The donors are: The Golden Oldies Rugby Union Club, Somerville Laundry Lomax (Ballina), The Professionals Real Estate (Ballina), Taylor Byrne (Ballina), Mulcahy Lawyers, Tony Gilding (The Macadamia Castle), Holmes & Partners Chartered Accountants, Newcastle Permanent, The Lennox Wave, Sports Point Physiotherapy (Ballina), Lennox Head Indoor Bowlers and Colleen Moulder (private resident Lennox Head).
‘These donations mean that we should see her open for business again by this summer,’ Mr Jones added.
Anyone interested in making a contribution should contact Brian Dell on 0412 355 621.
Remy Tancred is the publisher of the Lennox Wave.