Old club put to good use
HEINZ Zimmermann is unfazed by the club he helped to build being used as a church.
‘‘ The building lends itself to a community use,’’ Mr Zimmermann, president of the Australian German Club said this week.
‘‘ It will be sad to leave, but on the whole it’s a bonus that the building will stay and be put to a community use.’’
Mr Zimmermann, a retired painting contractor, helped oversee construction of the licensed club and function room, opened in Aitken St, Aitkenvale in 1990.
He sketched plans for the traditional chalet-style design and joined other voluntary labourers during construction.
German, Austrian and Swiss migrants who arrived in Townsville from the 1950s formed a nucleus of founding members who met in a number of places before building the clubhouse.
However, the workload of running a licensed club began to wear on this ageing core group.
‘‘ The club decided to downsize because our members are all in their 70s and feel we don’t require a licensed premises any more,’’ Mr Zimmermann said.
They were looking for a smaller building and meeting place.
The building had been on the market since late 2008.
‘‘ The next generation is missing because the members’ children have grown up in Australia and are joining Aussie clubs,’’ he said.