Jobs bonus in $1m golf club makeover
A $1 MILLION makeover for one of the region's oldest clubs is set to create dozens of jobs.
Leased by the Hervey Bay Services Memorial Club, the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club will undergo a four-month refit, providing up to 30 construction jobs, followed by various hospitality and administration positions.
Other than the name, which changes to The Club House Hervey Bay, the outside will remain relatively the same but the interior will be transformed into a modern version of a local favourite which is promised to maintain its "small club" feel.
Hervey Bay RSL Services Memorial Club president Ray Eustace said it was hoped the refurbishment, which will include new flooring, paint, gaming machines, furniture and bar, would become a more "attractive" place for golfers to enjoy after a round and families to relax over a meal.
Dual membership benefits between the two clubs will also be available.
A new restaurant, seating up to 160 people, is expected to be the biggest employer of new staff.
Due to be completed by March, the project is being carried out entirely by local trades, an aspect which Mr Eustace believes is "most important".
Torbay Constructions, which built Baycrest Retirement Village and Sapphire apartments, was awarded the tender, meaning much of the money made will be poured back into the aged care community.
Project manager John Sheehan said the funds would effectively go to caring for the "parents and grandparents" of families who used the club.
"We applaud the initiative of the RSL in going 100% with local construction," Mr Sheehan said.
"Too many tenders go out of town and it's great to see a local organisation get priority."
Parts of the club will close in coming months but Mr Sheehan said members would be kept up to date and the new-look club would open "as soon as possible".
Please note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the golf club was bought by the RSL.