Sick of spin: Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club president Patrick Raftery is angry over the way the council has tried to explain its insistence on huge building fees.
Sick of spin: Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club president Patrick Raftery is angry over the way the council has tried to explain its insistence on huge building fees. Crystal Spencer

Curse of Cabarita deck continues

CABARITA Beach surf lifesavers have reacted angrily to an article in Tweed Shire Council's newsletter Tweed Link, which they say “doggedly adhered” to the arguments of the mayor and senior staff in refusing to waive fees for council approval of a clubhouse deck.

An angry club president, Patrick Raftery, has further hit back over the $50,000 in fees which the council wants the club to pay for parking spaces, pointing out the council removed a dozen parking spaces as part of beach beautification.

Mr Raftery said the article in last week's newsletter implied the council had made generous concessions to the surf club which would lead any reader to assume that the surf club had received $1.8 million.

“The truth is that council in 1990 allocated $500,000 to replace an existing council-owned building that had been neglected for years,” he said.

“The article is also doggedly adhering to the position of council staff and the mayor that the deck is for entertainment purposes only. Cabarita Beach SLSC has never denied that the deck will assist in raising funds.

“The surf club should be encouraged in their efforts to raise funds for life saving as there is little financial assistance from council or any other tier of government for recurring expenses.”

Mr Raftery said it seemed the council wanted the volunteer club to provide a free lifesaving service worth over $65,000 each year and pay to do so.

“If council officers were concerned about the ability of car parking areas ... why then did they push forward with removing 12 car spaces from within Pandanus Parade as part of foreshore beautification?” he asked.

Read more: Volunteers may pay $100k deck fees



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