$2m facelift

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - by ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE price of a beer will stay down and community sup­port will continue even with plans for the Moss­man Memo­rial Bowls Club to spend close to $2 mil­lion on ren­o­va­tions.

Last Satur­day com­mit­tee mem­bers voted in favour on go­ing ahead with two projects si­mul­ta­ne­ously - to con­struct a roof over the green and the fi­nal stage of club­house ex­ten­sions.

The club­house ex­ten­sions will have a new gam­ing room, an 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.

Gen­eral man­ager Kevin Rynne said there was over­whelm­ing sup­port to go ahead and con­duct both projects at once, which will be more ef­fi­cient and cost-sav­ing.

“The meet­ing was very af­fa­ble and all the mem­bers were on the same path, there was lots of com­pli­ments about the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the com­mit­tee and the way the place is run,” he said.

“There is con­fi­dence, even though we’ll be go­ing into a bit of debt it won’t cause stress at all and I don’t pro­pose any ma­jor changes to our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion within the community.

“No prices will go up or community sup­port cut, it’s busi­ness as usual and fur­ther ne­go­ti­a­tions will now be­gin with the builder to im­ple­ment some form of pro­gram with the least pos­si­ble dis­rup­tion.”

The club aims to start the project af­ter the wet sea­son and al­though there is no con­firmed com­ple­tion dates, Mr Rynne said they are aim­ing to have a roof over the green by the mid­dle of next year, with the club­house ex­ten­sion to start soon af­ter.

“It should be quite ex­cit­ing, now we have the project picked out we can get firm quotes, it might be less or a touch more - we’re not go­ing to get a lot of change out of $2 mil­lion, it has to be ne­go­ti­ated a bit fur­ther then off we go,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one’s mak­ing their best ef­forts to take the club for­ward in a suc­cess­ful way.”

GRAND PLANS: Moss­man Memo­rial Bowls Club gen­eral man­ager

Kevine Rynne and club chair­per­son Kay


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