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.