Erasing the roof
IT has seen packed and rowdy meetings which at times could have lifted the roof.
Heavy duty, asbestos-cement sheets capping the old Kingscliff Amenities building withstood controversy plus the ravages of salt air and even, mostly, the impact of heavy hail.
By 9am workers had erected scaffolding and begun preparing for removal of the thick, corrugated asbestos sheeting coated in a special foam material more than a decade ago to help protect it from deterioration.
On January 16, 2002, one of the most damaging hail storms ever recorded in New South Wales ripped into the foam material causing rainwater leaks which damaged the plywood ceiling underneath.
But still the old roof held fast.
Specialist contractors have been called in for the $22,000 roof replacement job which is expected to take three weeks. Tweed Shire Council environment and health manager Geoff Edwards said the contractors required a specific licence to remove asbestos, using equipment to vacuum potentially dangerous dust. The new roof would be modern Colorbond steel which he hopes should last at least another 40 years.
The plywood ceiling which has started coming apart will also be replaced.
Mr Edwards said $150,000 would be spent on restoring the hall to its original early 1960s glory, with the exception of a former front office which is to become a tourist information centre for the Tweed Coast.
Kingscliff Ratepayers and Progress Association president Peter Gladwin welcomed the work saying it was great Tweed Shire Council had acknowledged the significance of the building for the town.