News

Surf life saving club issues SOS

Fingal Rovers SLSC vice-president Mick Armstrong (left) and president Steven Kudzius have issued a call for more volunteers to join them in helping to keep our beaches safe.
Fingal Rovers SLSC vice-president Mick Armstrong (left) and president Steven Kudzius have issued a call for more volunteers to join them in helping to keep our beaches safe. David Carroll

FINGAL Rovers Surf Life Saving Club has issued a plea for help as a decline in member numbers threatens the future of the club.

Club president Steven Kudzius said unless the club was able to attract more active members it was at risk of disappearing.

"If we don't do anything it is a steady slope to the end,” he said.

"We won't be able to comply with surf life saving regulations. We need more members to be able to properly complete the patrols.”

The club currently has just 30 active members, well down on the 90 needed to staff the volunteer patrols.

Mr Kudzuis said due to the shortfall in numbers, the club had made the difficult decision to slash the traditional weekend patrols and only patrol the beach during school holidays and public holidays.

The decision comes after two drowning deaths at Fingal in the past 12 months but club vice-president Mick Armstrong said they also needed to protect the volunteers.

"We can only ask them to do so much,” he said.

"We're not going to let them burn out.”

SLSNSW Far North Coast Branch president Wilson Cregan admitted the decision to cut back on patrols was not ideal but said it was the only option currently available.

"Obviously this is far from satisfactory,” he said.

"The branch has been offering support and we have been talking with neighbouring clubs Cudgen and Salt to see what can be done to help but we need community involvement, we need more numbers on the sand.”

Mr Kudzius said the club had struggled to recruit and retain members in the years since the clubhouse was condemned in 2009.

"Traditionally our members come from further away, places like Murwillumbah and Brisbane, and they would come for the weekend so when we lost the facilities we lost the members,” he said.

"When the building was condemned we were working out of shipping container, we didn't have any toilets, the facilities were very ordinary.”

Renovation work on the clubhouse is nearing completion and it is now servicable with toilets, showers and bunkhouse complete.

"Hopefully now we can start attracting some more members,” Mr Kudzius said.

In a bid to boost the club's volunteer numbers, Mr Kudzius has launched a membership campaign via social media.

A video on Facebook detailing the club's plight has attracted more than 12,000 views and hundreds of likes and comments.

"We're getting lots of interest, now it's a matter of turning that into active members,” Mr Kudzius said.

People interested in assisting the Fingal Rovers SLSC can contact the club on 55242371 or visit their Facebook page.

Topics:  fingal rovers surf life saving club surf life saving nsw



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Pam to play host for the final time

HOST: Local cancer sufferer Pam O'Shea is set to take part in her final Biggest Morning Tea.

Chinderah cancer sufferer to host Biggest Morning Tea for last time.

Planning for the Tweed's next flood

PREPARING FOR FLOODS: Tumbulgum's main street after heavy flooding caused the Tweed River to break its banks.

Mayor Katie Milne urges residents to get flood ready

Witnesses wanted after rock thrown from Tweed overpass

nsw police highway patrol car. Coffs Harbour. 23 march 2017

Rock thrown at car from Pacific Hwy bridge at Wooyung.

Local Partners

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Fighting for art's cultural heart

ART EXPOSURE: Margot Anthony (right) launching Judith White's new book Culture Heist - Art Versus Money at Kingscliff's Boardwalk Books.

Tweed author breaks silence on NSW Art Gallery

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!