Watch­tower need­ing up­grade


A watch­tower at a pop­u­lar West Coast beach will soon get a much­needed ren­o­va­tion.

Muri­wai Surf Club com­mit­tee mem­ber Tim Jago said the club’s watch­tower was built in 1996, at a cost of $26,000, and had been moved to three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions along the beach.

Over time, parts of the tower had been ‘‘thrashed out’’ and an up­grade was needed.

‘‘It started off as a pretty ba­sic tower, our re­quire­ments have changed now,’’ Jago said.

Life­guards could be on pa­trol un­til 8pm but the tower didn’t have lights. A damp floor, no hot wa­ter and graf­fiti on the glass were some of the other is­sues they dealt with.

Waimauku Lions Club trea­surer Gra­hame Ed­monds said the group re­ceived a let­ter from the surf club ask­ing for some help rais­ing money for the $3500 ren­o­va­tions.

The Lions Club de­cided it would give all the money raised at its an­nual gala to the club to help.

Lions Club mem­ber Rae­lene Arthur said it was dis­ap­point­ing that life­guards vol­un­teered their time, but they didn’t get any Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The gala would be held, rain or shine, on April 28 from 9am-2pm in the Waimauku Vil­lage.

It would be free to have a stall at the gala, but a do­na­tion to help the surf club was ex­pected.

For stall­holder en­quiries, con­tact Cherie El­lis on 021 293 9746.

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