John Waterhouse (left), manager of Mallams Supermarket in Mullumbimby, hands BSLSC president Craig Reid a $5000 cheque as the new patrol tower structure is winched into place.
John Waterhouse (left), manager of Mallams Supermarket in Mullumbimby, hands BSLSC president Craig Reid a $5000 cheque as the new patrol tower structure is winched into place.

Red-letter day for surf club as tower is erected

Wednesday of last week was a red-letter day for the Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club as the structure for the new patrol tower was lowered into place near the beach.

The project to get the new tower has been going for five years, and has been helped along by a generous $5000 cheque from Mallams supermarket in Mullumbimby.

“Each year we try to give something,” said Mallams manager John Waterhouse, “and this year they happened to be building the tower.

“As you can see from the original, it is very much needed.”

“We are proud to continue our long tradition of support for the surf club.”

The old tower is cramped, in poor condition, and too far from the action, because when it was built in 1987 at a time of massive sand erosion, it was close to the beach, but as the sand built up over the years, the beach just got further and further away.

BSLSC president Craig Reid is very much looking forward to the completion of the tower, expected by the start of the next patrolling season in October, when it will have been fitted out with power, a PA system and radios.

“It will help patrol members be more comfortable in bad weather,” he said.

The BSLSC is very grateful to Mallams for the part it has played in the new tower, and also to the Byron Shire Council which brought the structure down to the beach on their loader.

The tower was made by Mullumbimby Engineering.

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