Church buys up bowls club

Com­mu­nity cen­tre in plans for trou­bled High­fields site

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THE for­mer High­fields Bowls Club is set to be­come a com­mu­nity hub with new own­ers re­veal­ing plans to take over the cen­tre.

The High­fields Com­mu­nity Church re­cently bought the site and prom­ises to trans­form it into a meet­ing place for fam­i­lies.

“With the tremen­dous growth over the past few years, the peo­ple of High­fields re­ally need a good com­mu­nity space and we’re de­lighted to be able to make that hap­pen,” Rev­erend Kruger said.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for us to con­nect with peo­ple in a real way.

“This is a game-changer in our min­istry and in our jour­ney as a church.”

The club­house can seat more than 200 peo­ple in the main au­di­to­rium and the cen­tre is fit­ted with a full kitchen, small con­fer­ence rooms and kids’ func­tion ar­eas.

The church re­vealed plans to hold “play­groups, kids’ par­ties, pro­grams like Mainly Mu­sic, mar­riage cour­ses, chil­dren’s min­istry”, as well as en­cour­ag­ing busi­nesses to hold con­fer­ences and meet­ings in­side.

The High­fields Com­mu­nity Church will meet at the cen­tre ev­ery Sun­day.

The pur­chase and plans are the lat­est for the club which was built for $5.5 mil­lion in 2009 by de­vel­op­ers Ja­son and Lana Fin­lay.

It was sold soon af­ter for $2.4 mil­lion to Lil­lyp­illy In­vest­ment, of which Mr and Mrs Fin­lay were direc­tors.

The com­pany went into liq­ui­da­tion in April, 2011, and the site was sold to the Queens­land Branch of the RSL for $770,000.

It was later sold in April last year for $864,000.

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