Old bowls club site on offer
By YVONNE McLEAN
THE future of the Palm Beach-Currumbin Bowls Club, situated at one of the Gold Coast's most picturesque sites, could well rest in the hands of the local community.
The property, vacant and deteriorating and its land adjacent to the Tarrabora conservation area (rehabilitated over years by Gold Coast Environment Council members) is under lease to the Palm Beach Currumbin RSL Club by the state governmet's Natural Resources Department.
Opportunity has now arisen for the people, the locals, to have a say on the property's future.
The area councillor Daphne McDonald this week said since the Palm Beach-Currumbin RSL closed down the bowls club there had been a great deal of speculation over its future.
"I am giving local residents an opportunity to respond to an offer to council from the RSL executive.
"That offer is - is the council interested in taking over the clubhouse and land? It is a straight forward offer and council needs to answer yes or no," Cr Mcdonald said.
"When the offer was made, council officers conducted a detailed investigation of the building and came to the conclusion that the cost of renovations would be upwards of $1 million, so cheaper by far would be to demolish and build again to provide a community centre with rooms for public meetings and some catering including take-aways. This cost would also be upwards of $1 million," she said.
Cr McDonald said the RSL lease would run out in 2013, but if the council did accept the offer the lease would automatically go to council.
"If we reject the offer, the RSL will look at other options and anything could happen," she said.