Fresh hope for Fingal’s ‘construction site’ surf club
FINGAL Rovers Surf Life Saving Club members will not have to work around a construction site for much longer, after Tweed Shire Council agreed to finance completion of Stage Two of the club’s refurbishment.
Councillors agreed at their meeting on October 22 to award a $206,138 contract to builder Michael McDonald, following a tender process.
The project will mean the completion of renovations to the club’s building, which began several years ago but stalled after insufficient funds were available to complete the job.
Fingal SLSC president Steven Kudzius said he was thrilled by the decision because the rear of the club had been a construction site for too long.
“It’s remained a construction site for a while now,” Mr Kudzius said.
“There’s been a lot of work done by Mick, our vice-president, working with the council. It’s a huge deal for us to get the club moving again,” he said.
The club, which doubles as a popular meeting point for the community, has grown busier in recent years, with more swimmers requiring rescue.
Earlier this month, its members were involved in the rescue of a nine-year-old local boy who was saved with the help of family friend Aggie Auelua, who lost her life in the incident.
In recent weeks they have also helped rescue a stranded jet-ski rider at Kingscliff, as well as three backpackers who had landed themselves in trouble in the water.
Construction is due to be finished by Christmas.
“We’ve been struggling for space without that extension there,” Mr Kudzius said.
He said further plans for redevelopment were in the pipeline under Stage 3 of the project, which included showers and toilet facilities. However, an estimated $150,000 in funding for this final stage was yet to be secured.
Councillor Barry Longland said the club desperately needed the additional funds.
“We’d reached a point where the need to complete the works became a priority because the club is providing a very important community service,” Cr Longland said.
Anyone able to help the club is urged to contact info@fingalroversslsc. com.au