Clubhouse upgrade given the thumbs up

Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club’s alterations and additions have been approved by Coffs Harbour City councillors with no comment on an objection that the design was a repeat of the 1950s clubhouse.

Cr Garry Innes asked for clarification on the above-regulation height of a small section of the building and was told it was 10.14m, with the existing building 9.14m and the proposed extra height was due to the site dropping away.

Objections about the lack of parking were aired, with Cr Keith Rhoades asking for investigation into the boundary between Fourth Ave and the coastal reserve north of the surf club entrance in an attempt to squeeze in a few more parking spaces.

Cr Bob Palmer said other surf clubs faced the same parking problem because of their beachside locations.

An attempt by Cr Keith Rhoades to question the club’s business plan, grant funding and planned completion date was firmly quashed by the mayor and Cr Palmer.

The mayor said the councillors were voting on a development application, not the club’s finances and Cr Palmer said the councillors did not ask other developers for their business plans.

Coffs Coast Advocate | 28th August 2015