NOOSA Surf Club house during the 1930's is now the Tip Top Tip Shop at the Noosa Refuge station.
NOOSA Surf Club house during the 1930's is now the Tip Top Tip Shop at the Noosa Refuge station. John McCutcheon

You won't believe where this old surf club ended up

A PIECE of Noosa surf life saving history has been given a new life in the mostly unlikely of places - the Noosa tip.

The Noosa Surf Club of 1930 was a far less grand affair than that which now occupies one of the prime pieces of Hastings Street real estate.

The simple structure that stood on stumps in the sand dunes 88 years ago served those times well before it made way for progressively larger and more sophisticated buildings over time.

But the original was obviously built to last.

After years of service as an archive store at the old Noosa Council depot on Eumundi Road near where the Lutheran school now stands, Brite Side Industries secured a tender to remove it.

The Noosa Community Training Centre Inc. enterprise was developed in consort with the Noosa Council's waste management strategy to equip people seeking new employment opportunities with the skills to develop self-sustaining businesses through the repair, modification or recycling of material.

Founder Glenda Lane said it took almost a year to get the fill into the Noosa Refuge Station site where the surf club now sits, itself re-purposed as the Tip Top Tip Shop.

 

THE Noosa Surf Club of the 1930's as it looks today giving still giving service to the community as the Tip Top Tip Shop at the Noosa Refuge Station.
THE Noosa Surf Club of the 1930's as it looks today giving still giving service to the community as the Tip Top Tip Shop at the Noosa Refuge Station. John McCutcheon

 

The shop now draws up to 650 customers during a seven-day week selling affordable products to the wider community.

Now in its 19th year it has 13 people working from the centre.

"It's a better use than as an archive building," Ms Lane said.

"It has incredible rafters."

Some of those which had been put in to allow for surfboard storage were removed by Brite Side to make a boardroom table that was donated to then Mayor Bob Abbot for use in the council chambers.

 

THE new Noosa Surf Club was used in 2017 to launch Tourism Noosa's winter marketing campaign.
THE new Noosa Surf Club was used in 2017 to launch Tourism Noosa's winter marketing campaign. Michele Sternberg


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