Peregian Beach Surf Club building.
Peregian Beach Surf Club building. Kristy Muir

Peregian Beach supporters club won't reopen

THE fundraising arm of the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club has been permanently closed.

Surf Life Saving Queensland told the Daily the Peregian Beach Supporters Club had been shut immediately after an independent audit into its finances.

Rumours were circulating about the future of the club after it was revealed on May 30 the Sunshine Coast branch had stepped in.

An SLSQ Queensland spokeswoman said the independent audit, commissioned by the Sunshine Coast branch and funded by Surf Life Saving Queensland, was completed last week.

The audit covered the finances of the supporters' club and the surf club.

"The auditor's findings, along with a series of recommendations, were communicated to the management of the surf life saving club last Thursday," the spokeswoman said. "After careful consideration of this assessment and findings, the club's management committee has decided to cease operations of the supporters' club, effective immediately."

The closure will not affect the Peregian Beach Surf Life Saving Club and nippers and patrols will continue as normal from September.

Surf club president Brett Leckie said it was a "difficult decision to make, but a necessary one" given the club's financial position.

"After an extensive audit process, it was clear this was the correct decision following a number of difficult trading years," Mr Leckie said.

While they are related, the supporters' club and surf club are separate entities.

"SLSQ will continue to work closely with Peregian Beach SLSC and it does not envisage any disruption or reduction in the patrol services offered to the bathing public," a spokeswoman said.

The supporters' club services started in 1994.


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