Church buys up bowls club
Community centre in plans for troubled Highfields site
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.