Yamba Rotary have been given a lifeline from the Clarence Valley Council when they handed over the keys to the vacated SES shed in Neptune Place to Rotary President Vic Doe on Thursday October 29.
The Yamba SES vacated the premises last week and moved into their new purpose built SES building in Fairtrader Drive. Yamba Rotary lost their storage shed and all contents including their BBQ trailer and event equipment in November 2019 when the building was destroyed by an unknown arsonist. Unfortunately, the shed was not insured and the perpetrators have never been caught.
President Vic said that since the fire, the club has started to slowly replace items like a BBQ, marquees, street signs and banners so they can continue to have BBQs and special events to raise money for community projects. He said up till now they have relied on the generosity of friends and family to store these items in private homes.
“A special thank you to Grant Worden from Advanced Roofing who donated the use of his spare garage to us for the year. With the devastating COVID restrictions affecting every Australian this year, we have not been able to run our large fundraising events like Eat Street Yamba so funds for our recovery are much lower this year delaying the building of our shed.” Said Mr Doe.
The club is hoping to get a grant to assist with this and are leaving no stone unturned to recover and begin serving our community once more.
“I contacted David Sutton from the CVC as soon as I heard the SES shed would become vacant and as a result of representations to the Mayor Jim Simmons, Councillors and Ashley Lindsay General Manager, a request to utilise the old SES shed was taken to a council meeting earlier this year and approved as a temporary measure until we can rebuild a new shed. I can speak for all members and friends of Rotary in publicly expressing our thanks to the CVC.” Said Mr Doe.
To facilitate the building of a new shed, council have also allowed Yamba Rotary to build on an unused portion of Council Land off Angourie Road.