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Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Lease on Life for Clubs

Three former sporting facilities at Redcliffe and Deception Bay have a new lease on life. 

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the new leases had been offered on the newly built Old Redcliffe Hockey Club, the recently renovated Redcliffe Bowls Club and the soon to be revamped Deception Bay Sports Club. 

“These are facilities that have become vacant for one reason or another in recent months and it’s great to see them put to good use by community focused, not for profit organisations,” Mayor Sutherland said. 

The Deception Bay Community Youth Programs Association has been offered a lease over the upper floor of the former Deception Bay Sports Club. 

Patriots Australia Moreton Bay Chapter was successful securing the lease over the Old Redcliffe Hockey Club with the Redcliffe Snooker Club and the Redcliffe Bridge Club becoming joint tenants over the former Redcliffe Bowls Club. 

Division Four councillor, Julie Greer, said with a refurbishment and a new tenant in the pipeline, the former Deception Bay Sports Club building was on the verge of a new era. 

“I’m extremely pleased to see the former Deception Bay Sports Club building again becoming an integral part of our local community,” Cr Greer said. 

“The Deception Bay Community Youth Programs Association intends to deliver a broad spectrum of services to the community from its new base. 

“I’m keen to see the association’s needs and ideas incorporated into the pending revamp of the building’s first floor – it’s a good result for the association and the local community.” 

Division Six councillor, Rae Frawley, said the new Redcliffe Hockey Club building would have dual roles with amenities available to soccer and hockey clubs using the adjacent fields and as a new headquarters for the Moreton Bay chapter of Patriots Australia. 

“I’m sure the Redcliffe Hockey building will provide a secure, comfortable and inviting venue for Patriots Australia,” Cr Frawley said. 

“Already, I understand the Patriots are now putting plans in place to expand on the programs offered to ex-military personnel. 

“It‘s also good to see that we’ve been able to retain the former Redcliffe Bowls Club for use by the community. 

“Although the building has recently been renovated, I’m keen to talk to the new tenants about preserving part of the old bowls club’s heritage for the future.” 

Mayor Sutherland said the new five-year leases were expected to begin in coming weeks. 

“Not only will the new leases benefit the individual clubs, but also their local communities with new and expanded programs and activities now planned for delivery,” the Mayor said. 

“It demonstrates Moreton Bay Regional Council’s commitment to serving the needs of its community.”