The chair is kindly
donated by the Tuross Progress Association
Head beach chair history.
2000 Council’s Disability Committee decided to buy two beach
The chairs were purchased by the chair of the committee, Dorothy Budsworth,
with Council money.
The purchased chairs were stored in the basement carpark at the Moruya
Council Chambers and the public were invited to book them for use
anywhere in the shire and then collect the chair, use it and return
the chair clean. The procedure was cumbersome.
The committee argued
that the chairs should be located permanently at Batemans Bay and
Narooma however neither of these locations had a suitable site for
storage that was immediately accessible to the beach. In the end the
chairs remained in the basement unused and fell into disrepair. Eventually
they were not to be found.
Stafford Dixon of Tuross Head was on the Disability Committee and
requested that a beach chair be purchased for Tuross Head as there
was a suitable access from the beach side caravan park that had been
constructed by the Tuross Lakes Preservation group in 2000 and that
the chair could be housed at the caravan park.
The Director of Community
services at the time, Jan Seatonberry, said “No”Stafford
Dixon then approached the Tuross Head Progress Association and it
was agreed that a fundraiser would be organised to raise the $3000
required for a chair for the Tuross Head community and visitors to
With donations from Rotary, Lions, Apex and the Tuross Head Floral
Club and Tuross Head Community Aid the required funds were raised
to buy the chair along with a little more that was earmarked in the
THPA accounts for maintenance and parts. The funds also paid for the
construction of a purpose made storage area within the caravan park
where the chair was then made available on request by the lessee David
At the time of changeover
to new owners the question of public insurance was raised and the
Tuross Head Progress Association were told they could not have the
wheelchair. When a reason was asked for the General Manager of Council
advised that Council’s insurance would not permit the use of
a Council owned chair by the general public in a public place being
a caravan park that they owned.
By agreement with the new lessee of the Tuross Beach Holiday Resort
the chair was listed under the park insurance policy. The chair returned
to being under the management of the Tuross Beach Holiday Resort remaining
secured in its cupboard to be of service to park clients and the Tuross
In 2012 it was found that the chair had been mistakenly “borrowed”
by the Broulee Surf Club when they were advised by a Council employee
to take the chair from Tuross head as it was a Council asset. Once
it was tracked down and returned it came back in poor condition with
broken axels and damaged tyres. These were repaired form the funds
held in trust with the THPA. The image below is Stafford Dixon returning
the beachchair to its storage after repairs in 2012.
Council staff were clearly advised in 2012 that the chair was owned
by the Tuross Head community and it was not a Council asset and was
not to leave the village of Tuross Head.
The beach chair
serves the Tuross Head community and is very much enjoyed. It continues
to be maintained by the Tuross Head Progress Association and the ongoing
management of the chair and storage by the Tuross Beach Holiday Resort
is very much appreciated
A vote of specific
appreciation goes to Stafford and Jenny Dixon for realising the disabled
access to the beach, overseeing the project and then all-but raising
the funds to buy a beach wheel chair for the Tuross Head community.
Their generosity of community spirit has bought joy to many.