L-R Bob Lecht (Secretary), Ken Corbet (Treasurer), Don McKay (President) and Max Roduner (Liaison officer) from the National Servicemen's Combined Central RSL Sub Branch which will shortly operate out of Tobruk House. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
L-R Bob Lecht (Secretary), Ken Corbet (Treasurer), Don McKay (President) and Max Roduner (Liaison officer) from the National Servicemen's Combined Central RSL Sub Branch which will shortly operate out of Tobruk House. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Tobruk House soon to reopen without beer and pokies

AFTER two years of planning, the historic Tobruk House renovation is nearing completion.

But don't expect it to be reopened as your typical "beer and pokies" RSL.

While there will be a small meeting room downstairs for veterans groups, the top floor of the building is being redeveloped as commercial office space.

RSL Queensland facilities manager Mark Fulham said the building will return to its former splendour.

"We're restoring the building back to its 1959 art-deco outlook," he said.

"Our charitable status (at RSL Queensland) doesn't allow us to incorporate clubs.

"It won't open again as an RSL with beer and pokies."

The building is now asbestos free and has a new roof, toilets, disabled access and air-conditioning as part of the renovations.

Plans for the development came around two years ago, but building works were only able to commence in May this year following the separation and sale of the conjoined Anzac House and feasibility studies.

Long-term tenants Dr Dunbar and Dr Adams are continuing to operate their practice and dental surgery while the renovations are underway.



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