Clubhouse on the edge
THE Moore Park Beach Surf Club is on shaky ground after a wall collapsed into the ocean during heavy seas yesterday morning.
The wall created a barrier between the clubhouse and the beach, and held up part of the building’s foundations.
Moore Park Beach resident Peter McConnell watched as the bricks started to tumble about 11am yesterday.
“There was a crack in the wall and it started widening, then it jumped about 12 inches all at once,” Mr McConnell said.
“In the next 30 minutes, it just toppled over.”
Moore Park Beach Surf Club president Leigh Schuch said club members and council workers were out until 8pm sandbagging the building.
“We had some erosion damage (on Monday) and the council put in sandbags and rocks under the southern side of the building,” Mrs Schuch said.
“That part of the wall didn’t come down, but the rest did.”
She said furniture had been moved as a precautionary measure. The building has been closed until building inspectors can assess the damage and determine what repairs are needed.
“We are doing everything we can to help save it,” Bundaberg Regional Council manager of environmental services Geordie Lascelles said.
“We called in electricians and plumbers to deal with exposed wires, pipes and conduits.”
Fingerboard Road at Miriam Vale and Farnsfeld Road, between Goodwood and Apple Tree Creek, were still closed late yesterday afternoon and the Bundaberg-Agnes Water Road was “touch-and-go” as the Essendean Creek overflowed its banks.
Bundaberg SES controller Bill Daniels said volunteers had stayed out until 1am yesterday and were out again at 5am.
“We’ve had about 15 call-outs to leaking roofs, so we have put in a few tarpaulins, and we have been putting in sandbags at some coastal areas,” Mr Daniels said.