Volunteers may pay $100k deck fees

VOLUNTEER directors of the Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club may have to put their own finances on the line to pay hefty council fees associated with a proposed deck on their clubhouse.

Despite an emotional debate, four of the seven Tweed Shire councillors yesterday refused to waive over $100,000 in fees applying to the proposed deck.

They rejected a plea by Cr Joan van Lieshout to drop the fees, which the council says are necessary to pay for new parking spaces for extra people attracted to the club. Instead they voted to call on two volunteer club executives to personally guarantee a 10-year loan of $56,730 at seven per cent per annum to cover half the fees, with the council donating the other half. “I feel quite disgusted that we would ask volunteers to put themselves in hock,” Cr van Lieshout said.



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