Room with a view for events

Func­tion fo­cus at surf club


SEA BEAN kiosk owner Kris John­son has lost track of the num­ber of times she’s been asked whether the up­stairs sec­tion of Bund­aberg Surf Life Sav­ing Club was open for meals.

The Niel­son Park Beach Bar­gara surf club opened an ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est cam­paign in Septem­ber 2016 for a restau­rant to run there, and the club has now con­firmed the ocean-front fa­cil­ity will fo­cus op­er­a­tions as a func­tion venue.

Club pres­i­dent John McGre­gor said Ms John­son, who runs the kiosk on the bot­tom level of the club­house, was ap­pointed func­tions co-or­di­na­tor af­ter in­ter­est in the fa­cil­ity grew fol­low­ing ren­o­va­tions.

“We were al­ways run­ning the place for func­tions and us­ing our mem­bers of the surf club as vol­un­teers,” he said.

“Once we did the ren­o­va­tions and opened the place up and turned it into the func­tions cen­tre it is now, we re­alised we could no longer ask our mem­bers to do that as well as pa­trol the beaches.”

Mr McGre­gor said the club was about to mar­ket the fa­cil­ity as a train­ing, sem­i­nar and meet­ing space for busi­nesses, groups and gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

“When we built the place, on the north­ern end of the club­house we built two train­ing rooms that are set up for run­ning sem­i­nars or meet­ings with pro­jec­tors and air-con­di­tion­ing,” he said.

Mr McGre­gor joked that the stun­ning view prob­a­bly needed to be blocked out so peo­ple at­tend­ing meet­ings and train­ing could fo­cus on the task at hand.

“When you have a break, it’s not a bad view to break the grind of a sem­i­nar,” he said.

Ms John­son said run­ning the kiosk meant she was reg­u­larly on the premises for queries about the venue.

“The web­site has been up­dated so func­tions have picked up since,” she said.

“Peo­ple can down­load the book­ing form, see all the prices and get in con­tact with me via email through the web­site.”

Mr McGre­gor said the kitchen was suit­able for event-hold­ers to cater for their own events or em­ploy a caterer. He said for some­one to take on the fa­cil­ity as a full restau­rant would re­quire a kitchen re­fit, Surf

When you have a break, it’s not a bad view...

— John McGre­gor

some­thing no one was pre­pared to do dur­ing the ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est pe­riod.

BEACH VENUE: Bund­aberg Surf Life­sav­ing Club pres­i­dent John McGre­gor and func­tions co-or­di­na­tor Kris John­son.


LEFT: Bund­aberg Life­sav­ing Club. PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN120118SURFCLUB7

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