M'boro RSL's $6 million revamp delayed but still a goer

PLANNING hiccups are being blamed for delays in the $6 million redevelopment of the Maryborough RSL.

The Chronicle broke the news in January that the club was set for a two-storey revamp, with president Bob Evans boasting it would be "the making of the city".

Back then, work was forecast to begin by June, but Mr Evans conceded now construction was unlikely to be under way until 2014.

"It definitely will go ahead, there's no doubt about that, it's just taking longer than expected that's all," Mr Evans said.

He said the planning issues were minor and close to being sorted out, with a solution expected within the next fortnight.

And he said in the meantime, some of the paperwork had already been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to allow for works to get under way as soon as possible once ready.

As for the design elements, Mr Evans said they were the same as reported in January.

He said there would be a sports bar with TAB, 10 offices, an upstairs function area to seat 340, which could be divided into separate areas, and beyond that additional redevelopments around housing of Legacy, the RSL library and its sub-branch.

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  • Smokers' area to feature murals to commemorate Gallipoli centenary

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