Scarborough Wombarra SLSC is badly in need of repairs.
The tiny building sits in one of the best locations on the coast, yet it’s falling prey to the harsh location and the hands of time.
While work has been scheduled or completed at neighbouring clubs, the crew from Scarborough is still waiting patiently on the sidelines.
The beach’s picnic table was vandalised last year and the bare concrete pad is a sad reminder of the long list of work to be completed on the hill overlooking the beach.
Council currently manages a portion of the land on which the club sits and is in negotiations to purchase the rest of that land. They say once that process is complete, the works can begin.
$40,500 has been allocated by Wollongong Council for maintenance this financial year, which President Bindi Adams says will barely make a dent in the neglected facility.
“Ideally we would love to own the land and the club,” she says. “That way we are not beholden to Wollongong Council to do everything.”
“The external roller door needs to be replaced as it is becoming increasingly difficult to open.
“The gutters leak over both access doors to the hall section. The sewage tank sits in the grassy picnic area where the table and chairs need to be replaced. The drainpipe at the northern end of the club pours straight onto the ground and the main stairs to the beach need to have the drainage sorted. The “slippery when wet” sign just won’t cut it in a court case.”