After much discussion over recent years, the removal of a tree and the extension of an existing building, Lennox Head Lions finally have a new shed, at Skennars Head Sports Field.
A Community Building Grant for the shed was first approved in 2020. After reviewing many options, Ballina Shire Council allocated a site adjoining the existing buildings, beside the car park at Skennars Head Sports Field.
The new shed will be used to house the Lions BBQ trailer and all the equipment and goods used in various service activities throughout the year.
Helping Lions celebrate the opening of the shed were Tamara Smith, NSW Member for Ballina, who championed the cause, and Justine Elliot, Federal MP for Richmond, who has been supportive of Lions’ efforts.
Lions members were happy that regular sponsors were also able to attend the official opening, noting that many people willingly gave their time and effort to have the new shed come to fruition.
Under the guidance of Gerard Wilkinson, and assisted by Ben Farrow, Sales Director for Steeline, local Lions members and community volunteers worked together to build and fit out the shed.
Janelle Gaggin, President of Lennox Head Lions, thanked everyone who played a part in getting the project off the ground.
‘We are especially grateful for the grant and for the community members who gave of their time voluntarily,’ she said.
Tamara Smith thanked Lions for their wonderful efforts throughout recent years, especially in supporting those affected by flood, and congratulated the Lennox group on their recent award in Ballina’s Australia Day Celebrations.
Ms Smith cut the ribbon to officially open the shed, which Lions celebrated with a barbeque.
Gerard Wilkinson, who coordinated the purchase and building of the shed, acknowledged the many members of the club who supported the project in one way or another.
‘It was a long journey and we had a few scrapes and injuries along the way, but we got there,’ he said. ‘Now Lennox Head Lions can be so much better organised and ready for service than ever before.’
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