Bay RSL to spend $17 million on reno
HERVEY Bay RSL will add a new function room and gaming area in a $17 million overhaul of the club.
The Chronicle can reveal the Hervey Bay RSL has lodged a development application with the Fraser Coast Regional Council for the works.
RSL general manager Jason Lynch said the multi-million dollar works were substantial.
"We're planning to increase carpark capacity, we're looking at enclosing in underneath the current building and turning that into a multi-purpose function room," he said.
The current Hervey House and Sports Bar will become carparks, with the bar to be moved to the new function room.
A gaming room and a bigger lounge will also be built above Hervey House.
Mr Lynch said the works would revamp sections of the popular club.
"Our initial costings came out in the vicinity of about $17.5 million," he said.
"We're just meeting the needs of our members and making sure the club has got plans in place for the future - it's really future-proofing our business."
The development application is another feather to the RSL's investment cap.
Two years ago a deck was installed and the foyer refurbished in the Hervey Bay RSL.
This year the RSL signed a 20-year lease for the Hervey Bay Golf Course Clubhouse and spent more than $1 million upgrading it.
"Since our last renovation we completed two years ago, that has gone really well," Mr Lynch said.
"A lot of faith in Hervey Bay - it's really going well and we're just providing what our members want."
The development is expected to be staged over five to ten years.
Mr Lynch could not say how many new jobs it would create.
While not able to comment on the RSL's application, Mayor Gerard O'Connell said any investment in the region was positive.
"Suffice to say any significant investment commitment is very welcome and is testament to the growing confidence to the region," he said.
The application is expected to come before the councillors before the year's end with work hoped to begin next year.
Initially costed at $17 million
Will include a new multi-purpose function room