Insurers sink club fundraiser

AFTER 10 fun-filled years, the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club Raft Race has been sunk by insurers.

Families had already begun building their vessels for this weekend's event when word came through on Friday that Surf Life Saving New South Wales could not support the race.

The family fun day, the club's biggest fundraiser, will still go ahead with a 1.2km open water swim (200m for juniors), ping pong ball race and junior trophy presentation on March 22, from 9am in Mooball Creek.

Club president Des Anderson said it was unfortunate the raft race had to be scrapped.

“We have been running this event for 10 years and have never had an incident, nor had any prob- lem gaining approval from Surf Life Saving New South Wales in the past,” Mr Anderson said.

“We have exhausted every avenue to come to a reasonable solution with Surf Life Saving New South Wales, however the insurers will not budge, even though we more than satisfied the water safety requirements and risk management plans.

“As this event is one of the club's major fundraisers and has a his- tory in the area as being a great event, you can only imagine our disappointment.

“We feel it is a real shame that a fun, safe and community orientated event has to come to end due to bureaucracy.”

Mr Anderson said Tweed Shire Council had approved the event, as had the waterways department, but without public liability insur- ance the club would be in breach of the agreements with those bodies if the event went ahead.

“The Insurers are still willing to cover the open swim but have now restricted this to 14-years and over and have also advised that they will still cover the Junior Board and Swim events as long as they do not exceed 200 meters,” Mr Anderson said.

A Surf Life Saving New South Wales spokeswoman said the organisation's hands were tied after insurers changed their policy.

She said the Cabarita club's raft race could go ahead if they found alternative public liability insurance.

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