Lease extended for surf club

THERE is a new lease on life for the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club.

New South Wales Lands Minister Tony Kelly paid the Kingscliff club a visit yesterday afternoon after helping the club, which is on crown land, speed up the process of getting a new lease to take into account recent extensions.

A new veranda and kitchen completed in November last year pushed the club over its lease limit for the area.

The original 40-year lease was due to expire in 2014, but the club approached Mr Kelly who helped them cut down the time to rectify the problem.

The new lease has given the club the extra room for their expansions.

Mr Kelly made a brief speech to club members yesterday.

“While Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club has previously occupied this site, a new lease has been offered to take into account extensions to the existing clubhouse,” Mr Kelly said.

“The club is an important part of the Kingscliff community, with membership from a wide range of local people.

“Over the years the club has hosted a number of successful surf lifesaving events that have contributed significantly to the local economy.”

Mr Kelly said the entire community will benefit from the services and facilities offered by the club.

“The Lands Department and the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club have been working together to ensure the best outcome for the club and the community,” he said.

“The Rees Government is committed to encouraging a wide range of recreational uses for crown reserves across NSW.”

Deputy chairman of the surf club board Brian Vickery said Mr Kelly was an enormous help to them.

“He sped up the process of the new lease by about three years,” Mr Vickery said.

Department of Lands Director General Warwick Watkins said they were happy to help the surf club out.

“It's good to see crown land is in the custodianship of good people like those at the surf lifesaving club,” Mr Watkins said.

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