Many people would be surprised to know how far the beach has moved in the last 20 years. Where once the tide lapped at the shore on Brunswick Heads beach there is now an expanse of dunes as Ms Nature has dumped tonnes of sand in her redecorating ways.
In 1987 the Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club erected a patrol tower to aid surf rescue and the occupants had a clear view of the beach from the north wall to the Bay. Th ese days there is an extra 20 metres of land and vegetation between the viewers and the waves and it’s time for the tower to be upgraded. ‘The beach has grown,’ said Bruns SLSC president Craig Reid. ‘The old tower is too hard to view the beach from and has passed its use-by date.’
Three years in the planning, the new tower will be a feature of the club in the near future thanks to community groups including the Mullum ExServices Club and the Lions to name a few. ‘Th e total cost of the tower is about $50,000,’ said Craig. ‘The council has given us $11,800 and the surf club itself has donated $12,000. With the other donations we are about $12,000 short but hope it won’t be too long before we can raise that extra amount. Local Brunswick-Mullumbimby president Lions Trevor Watts met with members of the SLSC on the weekend to help out this very important public service by presenting on behalf of the Lions a cheque for $2000 to go toward the new tower.
Craig says that the club hopes to see work start on the new tower after Christmas and would like to see it operational before the end of this summer season. ‘We have a design for a new patrol tower similar to those seen on the beaches at the Gold Coast, the Gold Coast City Council having donated the plans to the club. Lifeguards will use the tower as well as the SLSC patrollers. It will enhance the capabilities of the guards and patrollers in beach surveillance because of the increased elevated view.’ For more information about the tower and how you can donate to the fund, or to fi nd out about joining the Brunswick SLSC visit www. brunswickslsc.org.
Byron Shire Echo 02/12/08