Cash flow boost for Cabarita

A LONG-awaited new clubhouse for the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club may finally get off the ground after Tweed Shire Council's administrators last week approved a further $150,000 grant for the project.

The extra money, along with other funds already committed, will help meet the increases in building costs experienced since the initial grant was approved by the Council more than five years ago.

Tweed's three administrators approved the extra funding Wednesday at the prompting of local-based administrator Max Boyd.

It is understood the club fought hard to reduce rising costs for the new clubhouse which are now expected to total almost $1 million.

But the club found it was still about $150,000 short with a decision on choosing a builder from two remaining quotes due to be made next week.

In addition to Council funding the club has raised $23,000 itself and has a $200,000 grant from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation. The club says it has also spent $69,000 so far on planning and preliminary work.

The $650,000 in Council money will come from a special fund using fees paid by developers towards providing emergency facilities along the Tweed Coast.

The Council administrators were told the fund currently has a balance of $761,000.

Council officers said the remaining $100,000 would be used to assist other surf clubs with their equipment needs and developers contributions were currently boosting the fund by between $150,000 and $200,000 each year.

The latest funding brings the club closer to winning its battle for a new clubhouse which has dragged on since 1990 when club members went public with concerns about the dilapidated condition of their former building.

Club president Patrick Raftery could not be reached yesterday for comment.

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