Club ex­pan­sion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - by PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

MEM­BERS of the Moss­man Memo­rial Bowls Club will vote on whether to progress with the fi­nal stage of the club­house rede­vel­op­ment and the con­struc­tion of a roof over the bowl­ing green on Satur­day.

Gen­eral man­ager Kevin Rynne said that it was time for the club and its mem­bers to make one of the big­gest de­ci­sions in the club’s long his­tory.

In a let­ter to mem­bers, he sug­gested the two ma­jor projects could be done si­mul­ta­ne­ously which would re­quire the club go­ing into debt.

“For some time the is­sue of a solid roof over the green has been ’in the air’, how­ever, at the same time mem­bers have ex­pressed in­ter­est in the fi­nal stage of the club­house rede­vel­op­ment,” Mr Rynne said.

“The man­age­ment com­mit­tee’s con­cern was, ’Should it be the roof first or the club­house’?

“Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion the com­mit­tee feels it is fi­nan­cially achiev­able for both projects to pro­ceed.

“It will mean plac­ing the club in debt and this is some­thing that the com­mit­tee has ap­proached cau­tiously.”

Full plans and the costs of all types of roofs re­searched will be dis­played at the club to al­low the mem­bers to make an in­formed de­ci­sion as well as the club­house de­sign.

The club­house con­struc­tion is more straight­for­ward with the new area be­ing home to a new gam­ing room, much-needed ex­panded bar stock stor­age area, of­fice space and doc­u­ment stor­age, a kids’ room, new toi­lets and a new en­trance­way to the club with an un­der­cover drive through pick-up and drop- off area.

“The com­mit­tee has re­searched both of these struc­tures in de­tail and will be rec­om­mend­ing that one builder over­see both projects due to the po­ten­tial cost sav­ings and ef­fi­cien­cies of hav­ing a fully co- or­di­nated build­ing pro­gram,” Mr Rynne said.

“We ask all mem­bers to at­tend this meet­ing and I be­lieve we can make de­ci­sions that all mem­bers can look for­ward to and more im­por­tantly de­ci­sions that all mem­bers will sup­port.”

The club was built more than 50 years ago with a hum­ble be­gin­ning with a small group of com­mit­ted peo­ple work­ing hard to get a club for their cho­sen sport in the Dou­glas Shire.

Ini­tially, the club op­er­ated in tan­dem with the RSL Club with a grass green laid be­hind the RSL Club. Af­ter many years of grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity in the Moss­man area this al­lowed the bowlers to build their own premises in the car park of the RSL’s prop­erty. The bowlers even­tu­ally bought the en­tire fa­cil­ity from the RSL and moved from the car park and ren­o­vated the club house.

The bowl­ing greens were then im­proved by in­stalling small shade cov­ers and seat­ing around the green, but the big­gest im­prove­ment came with the lay­ing of a syn­thetic sur­face for the bowl­ing green.

The gen­eral meet­ing of the Moss­man Memo­rial Bowls Club will be held at the club’s func­tion hall on Satur­day at 9.30am.

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