THE successful conversion of the Brighton Bowls Club has created a valuable new community space for locals in the Tasmanian town to meet, socialise and host events.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said regional towns like Brighton have often suffered from a lack of suitable public meeting spaces.
“This conversion has provided a fully-serviced community centre capable of hosting the kinds of projects and events which bring people together and create a real sense of identity,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This project is part of a series of investments the Coalition Government is making in Brighton, with the successful reconstruction of Brighton main street opening four months ago.”
Senator Jonathon Duniam said the conversion included the construction of a multi-purpose function room, a commercial kitchen and two administrative offices.
“A great community centre needs a place where people can celebrate and feel comfortable, so we’ve also upgraded the existing bar and function room,” Senator Duniam said.
“This project also created nine jobs during construction, showing how investing in Tasmanian towns not only supports the community but creates economic opportunities as well.”
Mayor of Brighton Council, Tony Foster, said the new club rooms would allow the club to expand and increase membership, open for longer hours and increase the opportunities for community use by providing a family-friendly function centre for the region.
“The facility will provide social and health benefits to the more senior members of the community which are not provided for elsewhere in the region,” Cr Foster said.
“The new centre is now well placed to provide for our growing municipality, allowing it to host events in all kinds of weather, as well as in the evening.”
President Van Ransley outlined the background work over a number of years and acknowledged the support received from both Liberal and Labor Governments, and the Brighton Council which saw the dream become a reality.
Van Ransley presented Cr Foster with an envelope from the Club deeding the carpark to Council, an obligation that forms part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Club and Council.
Cr Foster particularly acknowledged Council’s engineering staff Heath McPherson and Callum Pearce-Rassmussen who together with their support staff managed the project and noted that their contribution was vital to the outcome. He also congratulated the Club Board and members for their contribution and persistence which contributed to a successful outcome.
The Federal Government invested $400,000 in the project, Brighton Council $400,000 and the Brighton Bowls and Community Club $35,000.