Councillor-elect wields pen to carry out vision
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.