Many hands help build new coast guard tower
JUST a tick over 400 pairs of hands last Sunday helped the Ballina flotilla of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard build a new tower.
The hands joined along North Wall at the fundraising gala day, and the human chain which was formed stretched from the tower along the wall half-way to the Shaws Bay caravan park.
Coast guard volunteer, Joan Hurley, who co-ordinated the event, said the gala day raised $6000 to go towards the $150,000 target to build a new tower.
The current tower is on a lean of about five degrees.
It also doesn't have facilities like toilets for the volunteers who keep watch on the Ballina coastline.
It is estimated that a new tower will cost $300,000, and the coast guard's fundraising effort is closing in on $50,000.
But Joan said the coast guard needed more than money it had to show the State Government that the community was behind the project in its bid for government funding.
And Joan said the gala day certainly showed the pollies that the community was behind the volunteer organisation.
Joan thanked all those who took part in last Sunday's human chain, and other who made donations.
Joan said that the local fishing clubs, in particular, had supported the event.
Fishing club members took part in the flotilla led by the rescue vessel CG101 which sailed alongside North Wall after the human chain was formed.
The clubs also donated money to the appeal.
At this stage, the coast guard hasn't decided if the event will be held again next year.