Surf club volunteers may cop fees

CABARITA surf club volunteers might be asked to personally guarantee a huge loan from Tweed Shire Council to pay council fees associated with building a deck on their clubhouse.

Under a plan hatched by councillors at a closed-doors workshop meeting to discuss the controversial building fees, the fees would be reduced from more than $100,000 previously sought to $56,730 and the council would lend the money to the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club at seven per cent interest over 10 years.

But two of the volunteer executive members of the club would have to personally guarantee repayment.

The council fees are necessary to pay for parking spaces which would be needed by people using the new surf club deck even though the club has argued the deck would help its members keep eyes on the beach they patrol and would only be used for functions 26 times a year.

The club has reacted in disbelief at the council option requiring the 10-year loan.

Spokesman Patrick Raftery has written to the councillors seeking support for an alterative option which would see the fees waived when they meet later today.

“This is a sensible position and would show support by council,” Mr Raftery said.



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