Coun­cil­lor-elect wields pen to carry out vi­sion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEN it came to de­sign­ing the new club­house the com­mit­tee didn’t have to look far for a de­signer.

Bruce Clarke, a club mem­ber from Cooya, read­ily stepped into the role.

He was on the club’s build­ing ren­o­va­tions com­mit­tee which worked on the project for about 18 months, in which time it got build­ing ap­proval from the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

Mr Clarke, re­cently elected to the new shire coun­cil that will op­er­ate from Jan­uary 1, said his job was to ‘‘draw the pretty pic­tures’’, leav­ing it to the engi­neers to fig­ure out how to ex­e­cute such tech­ni­cal things as the large steel roof over the bowl­ing green.

That roof of course can’t have supports or col­umns ex­cept at its perime­ter, and its long spans are fully 42 me­tres across the greens from side to side.

Mr Clarke’s de­sign has given back the club mem­bers their view of the greens, dou­bled the smok­ing ter­race, cre­ated a wide and spa­cious lobby with an all-weather drive through en­try way, a kids play room which soon will be com­plete with game con­soles, the new gam­ing room and toi­lets, and a small con­fer­ence room.

The new de­vel­op­ment meant the club had to ac­quire the carpark area next door.

Now it has space for 50 cars and there is a fully com­pli­ant dis­abled en­try ramp to the club.

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