Beryl Aldred and Barry May are looking forward to a command centre roof without leaks.
Beryl Aldred and Barry May are looking forward to a command centre roof without leaks. John Gass

Marine rescue's under water fix

MARINE Rescue Point Danger volunteers expect to get a little wet on rescue boats but for the past few years the staff in the command centre have also had a soaking.

Work is underway to repair leaks at the lighthouse that have affected the command centre for almost two years.

Marine Rescue Point Danger treasurer Glenda Ashby said the centre was sometimes "flooded out".

"We had a lot of water coming down the columns," Ms Ashby said.

"It did affect the power points."

Ms Ashby said the volunteers had to move furniture to the centre of the rooms to avoid damage and the flooring in some areas had to be replaced, but vital equipment to facilitate rescue was undamaged.

"It has affected us," she said.

Ms Ashby said the Gold Coast City Council and Tweed Shire Council were replacing the waterproof membrane and the tiles.

A Tweed Shire Council spokesman said public access would be restricted to the podium at the base of the memorial for about three weeks to allow contractors to complete the work.

The original terrazzo tiles, which were laid when the memorial and lighthouse was constructed in 1971, will be replaced with granite tiles.

By removing the tiles, contractors will be able to reseal the surface and tackle the water penetration problem before laying new tiles.

Evelyn Prokop is happy the tiles are being replaced.
Evelyn Prokop is happy the tiles are being replaced. Blainey Woodham


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