City?s motorboat club ready for relaunch



IT took months of sweat and tears but now that the renovations are complete Terry Cardwell couldn't be happier.

The rear commodore for the Fitzroy River Motor Boat Club said the business had been on the brink of bankruptcy and desperately needed a change.

With the help of the Work For The Dole program, the building was gutted, refitted and beautified.

A labourer who took part in the project said he was proud to be a part of the work.

"I never missed a day,'' 27year-old Darren Richards said yesterday.

"When I first came here nothing was built.''

The project took several months and included expanding the interior, refurbishing the kitchen, redoing the floors and beautifying the surrounding area.

"We can now hire the place out for functions,'' Mr Cardwell said.

"The club is Rockhampton's best-kept secret, but we would like to change that.''

Work For The Dole participants also gained from the experience.

They learned basic concreting, carpentry and labour skills. "I learned how to use a few power tools I had never worked with before,'' Mr Richards said.

"It was a really good experience.



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