Bulls plan for new clubhouse
THE Glenmore Bulls AFL paddock looks a picture and the club could hardly be in better shape ... it’s just the clubhouse that’s an embarrassment.
“It’s effectively just two toilet blocks with a canteen in between, and the roof is starting to fall in,” says club president Peter Moore.
Now, the Bulls have unveiled proposals for a $650,000 redevelopment.
Rockhampton Regional Council’s sports and recreation committee has agreed to support those plans with a grant of $150,000 – subject to making the cut in the 2011/12 budget.
With money in the bank and a thriving club membership – the Bulls run eight teams – Peter says it’s essential that the old clubhouse is replaced as soon as possible.
“We have the worst facilities in the league. It was built in 1983 and has fallen behind,” he said.
“The pitch is magnificent and it’s in constant use by the club, for school competitions and regional carnivals. With AFL in the region going from strength to strength, our numbers will keep increasing and we need a clubhouse that reflects that.
“We are happy to make the new building available for other community uses and this park is a valuable community asset.”
He said a grant of $150,000 from ratepayers would represent about 20% of the total cost and would be matched dollar for dollar by the club.
AFL Queensland has indicated strong support for the project, he said.
The proposed clubhouse would contain offices, kitchen, bar, function room and storage space.
Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling said she had watched the Bulls grow over 35 years and she was happy to support the grant application because it would “fill a void in the northern corridor.”
Members of the committee voted unanimously in favour but Mayor Brad Carter said it would go up against all the other desirable projects in the budget discussions and there were no guarantees it would make the cut.