Club Banora manager Rod Pain shows off the club’s recently completed beer garden yesterday.
Club Banora manager Rod Pain shows off the club’s recently completed beer garden yesterday. Blainey Woodham

$1.5m revamp to save Club Banora

THE public has welcomed the first stage of Club Banora’s renovation, with manager Rod Pain saying the response has been incredible.

Removal of walls has allowed natural light to stream through the open-plan lounge area, creating what Mr Pain calls a more modern look.

The fourth bowling green has also been turned into a large beer garden, with plenty of room for the kids to play on the perfect grass.

“Clubs across New South Wales are facing a challenging financial situation at the moment and this renovation puts us in good stead for the future. It will reduce our overheads, but improve the atmosphere for members and guests while still retaining full services,” Mr Pain said yesterday.

“It has helped reduce costs, but also added value to the experience for the visitor – that has been our goal the whole way.”

Mr Pain said the renovation had opened the club up and made it a more welcoming place.

“We changed it in such a way to make it more family- friendly than it was.

“Our aim is to attract the families who didn’t like it before.

“We’re in a very exciting time – this is the biggest change in Club Banora in 20 years.”

The new bar includes 30 beer taps, and three full-sized snooker tables have been refurbished ready for use.

“We are stocked to cope with the busiest day and the quietest day.”

According to Mr Pain, Christmas Eve was packed, with the public keen to check out the new lounge area. Another bumper crowd turned up for New Year’s Eve.

The $1.5 million renovation is about half-way through, with stage two set to start on Sunday and continue until February 12.

The reception and administration area will be demolished and replaced with a bistro as part of the second stage.

Upstairs will be permanently closed.



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