VERY HAPPY: Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club president Kris Beavis inspects the upstairs function area of the new surf club.
VERY HAPPY: Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club president Kris Beavis inspects the upstairs function area of the new surf club. Doug Eaton

Surf club has it all

BEST VIEW: The patrol room at the new Ballina surf club.

THE $5.8 million Ballina surf club is nearing completion, with members of the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club expected to start moving in next month.

President Kris Beavis said they were eager to get settled into their state-of-the-art building.

And it's easy to see why.

The clubhouse is right on Lighthouse Beach, giving volunteers clear vision of the ocean and a better chance of being able to save swimmers in distress.

It also has a dedicated area for juniors, a large training room which can be divided into two rooms, a patrol room at the front of the building, an office area, gym and plenty of storage room.

"It's easy to understand the reason why the club fought so hard to have the new clubhouse in this location," Mr Beavis said.

"We have unobstructed views here.

"We've got a first aid room which has direct access off the beach, and ambulances can drive straight up to it as well.

"It has excellent storage space for our lifesaving equipment and that was something we worked really hard to get right."

Upstairs will be a cafe with a large deck area and a function room.

The new Ballina surf club was funded by Ballina Shire Council, the Federal Government and with money raised by the surf club members.


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