But by Saturday the skies had cleared and it was all smiles for the opening.
The Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club began the fundraising project for a new tower five years ago, because the old tower, erected as a Rotary Club project in 1987, had become unsafe to use.
As well, changes in the coastline meant that the old tower had long been so far back from the beach that patrol members couldn’t see clearly enough to the sea.
In total the new tower cost around $60,000 – a sum that was found entirely by fundraising and donations, with extra help coming from a generous donation from Byron Shire Council, from the Gold Coast City Council who provided the plans at no cost, Byron Shire Holiday Parks Trust which supported the project, as well as donations in kind such as the concrete donated for the slab.
Throughout the long five-year process, club president Craig Reed never doubted that a new tower would be erected.
“We’re happy the five-year project has come to an end,” he said.
“Now the public can have faith that we’re doing our best to keep them safe, and people can leave with happy memories of being at the beach.”
Life members of the club were in attendance for the official opening by Cr Ross Tucker, as well as current patrol members and the many community members who had helped to make the vision a reality.
At the conclusion, there were celebrations on the lawn with fun for the kids and food from Brunswick Health Foods.
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