Minnie Water-Wooli SLSC was formed in 1995 and remains one of Australia’s youngest clubs in the North Coast Branch.
Our membership base is drawn primarily from residents of Grafton, however we also have a fair representation of members from the villages that are near Minnie Water beach including Minnie Water, Wooli, Ulmarra, Tucabia, Maclean and the various rural areas in our wonderful Clarence Valley.
From humble beginnings which started with a handful of well-intended members, the Club has grown in strength to where it currently has approximately 60 senior patrolling members and 150 juniors.
The Club first operated from the local community hall, which is located in “Nip Welsh” park on the beachfront at Minnie Water beach. Future plans were discussed with options including refurbishment of the hall to accommodate the Club’s needs as well as construction of a new clubhouse. As an aside, “Nip” Welsh was a fisherman in the area for many years and his family still have strong ties not only with the area but with Surf Life Saving through the services of Nip’s son Neil “Ebor” Welsh who is well known throughout Australia for his services in Surf Life Saving.
As an interim measure, the club used up to three shipping containers to store equipment as well as using one as a dedicated patrol office. Due to the growth of the Club it was decided to construct a purpose-built clubhouse with assistance from Local and State government organisations. With thanks to the many committee members and supporters who generously gave their time and expertise, the new clubhouse became a reality in 2010.
To find out further information about how you can become involved in the Club, visit the website or the Facebook page.