Old club put to good use

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life -

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.

Heinz Zim­mer­mann

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