Bowled over by wrong rumours

By NATALIE SMITH IT started as renovations but the work on North Rockhampton Squash Bowl has turned into the talk of the town and John McKenna wants to keep it that way. Mr McKenna, the manager of the McKenna family-run North Rockhampton Squash Bowl, said he had been fielding calls from Rockhampton residents concerned the Musgrave Street centre was closing or had been sold.

Mr McKenna said it was the change to the front exterior for the first time in about 25 years that had started the calls.

"What had happened was the man who started our renovations in early November had just finished the concreting when he got ill and it's not likely he will be back until December 17 and it's likely he won't finish the job until just before Christmas,'' he said.

"The squash bowl has not been sold and it is not closing, this is just a makeover on the front wall, it's still business as usual for us.

"This is not our first renovation of the front.

"When we first started 25 years ago we had stainless steel sheets across the front but they were taken down and replaced with tiling.

"It's going to be painted with concrete paint in a bright tangerine at the top and dark purple at the bottom with white writing and tenpins.

"That'll be something different and hopefully people will notice it.

"We are looking forward to the makeover because it should give a new look to the southern end of Musgrave Street precinct in North Rockhampton.''

Mr McKenna runs the centre with his brothers Peter and Paul.



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