It’s been four long years since the Brunswick SLSC first began the process of building a new patrol tower.
The old patrol tower that was originally built near the clubhouse with the help of the local Rotary Club had become unsafe to use and due to the changing coastline was so far from the beach patrol members couldn’t see to protect the public.
Brunswick beach is patrolled from October through April in good weather or bad. Unfortunately this has meant that the volunteers have had to brave all types of severe weather conditions in order to keep the public safe. It was time for a new tower.
As with any project of this size the Brunswick SLSC has had to rely on community support to see their vision into reality.
Gold Coast Council provided the plans at no cost to the club, Byron Shire Council gave a generous donation and the Byron Shire Holiday Parks Trust supported the project. Brunswick SLSC Triathlon provided additional funds.
Thanks also go out to the Seventh Day Adventist Opportunity Shop, The Mallams Group, Mullumbimby/ Brunswick Lions, Mullum Ex- Services Club and Mullumbimby Rotary.
Once the finances were in place it was time for the club members to get their hands dirty. Brunswick SLSC is lucky to have so many talented and hard working patrol members and local business owners who are willing to give up their time to help provide the much needed tower.
Under the watchful eye of Stewart White the construction took place over several weekends. Bobcats, cranes and earthmovers were brought in and a cement slab put down with a perfect view of the beach and ocean.
The tower was finally erected and fitted out with all the necessary lifesaving equipment.
The paint is now dry (red and yellow, of course) and the tower is now operational. Brunswick SLSC would like to thank the following businesses for the time, money, materials and knowledge so generously donated-J Bashforth & Sons Earthmoving, Greg Southern Bobcat Hire, Readymix Billinudgel (aka HOLCIM Pty Ltd), Mullumbimby Engineering, Stewart & Craig White, Summercraft Byron Shire and Malcolm Scott.
In honour of our new tower and to celebrate all the hard work and community contributions the Brunswick SLSC held an official opening ceremony followed by celebrations on the lawn outside the Brunswick SLSC clubhouse on Nov 7th. The opening was followed by children’s activities that included a jumping castle and free fun-fit classes provided by Billinudgel Fitness Factory. Food was provided by Brunswick Heath Foods and we also had coffee and cakes available.
Byron Shire Echo - Nov 3 2009