Vandals attack crumbling surf club
MOORE Park Beach surf club members were shattered yesterday when their club was attacked by vandals, a day after a beachfront wall collapsed.
Deputy surf club captain Scott Boon discovered the graffiti-covered building when he arrived to check on the clubhouse yesterday morning, after a wall and part of its foundation fell prey to violent seas on Tuesday.
In an apparent message to the club’s management committee, the spray-painted scrawl read: “The people who stood by and let this happen should resign in disgust now.”
The vandals used gold spray to paint their message on windows across the entire length of the building.
“It’s disheartening to think that someone in the community would do something like that, when there was nothing we could have done to prevent the damage,” Mr Boon said.
He spent about 90 minutes washing the graffiti away, after reporting it to Bundaberg Police.
Surf Club president Leigh Schuch said the graffiti was disappointing.
“I just want to make the community aware that the beach is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency,” Mrs Schuch said.
“The surf club and (Bundaberg Regional) Council are limited in what protective action can be taken to prevent erosion and damage to the building.”
She said the extent of the erosion damage was still being assessed, and it was unclear what repairs had to be made.
WHILE the damage did not worsen overnight, access to the clubhouse is still limited until the building can be inspected.
The Moore Park Beach community has been divided over use of the surf club building since the committee voted to close the dining room several years ago.
Moore Park Beach Community Association member Jenifer Carter said many people were disappointed when the dining room shut.
“It used to be a great place for people to have a few drinks and a meal, so there was a bit of resentment when it was closed to the public,” she said.
“The community association was going to approach the surf club committee with a proposal to help reopen the dining room, but we will have to wait and see what happens now.”
Long-term Moore Park Beach resident Barry Brown said the damage could never have been predicted when the building was opened in 1967.
“Since it was built, between 30 and 40 metres of beach has been lost so they would never have expected it,” Mr Brown said.
“The beach used to be quite sound — some people think that works around the mouth of the Burnett River might have played a part in the erosion we’ve had.”
Mr Brown, a former surf club member, said the community and the club had banded together to raise funds for the building.
“We used to do raffles and spend a lot of time and money getting the building built and furnished,” he said.
“But it looks like it will eventually have to go — it’s very sad.”