Roy Shipp, Ivan Friske and Joe Groves check out the renovations to the club and (below) workers on the job yesterday.
Roy Shipp, Ivan Friske and Joe Groves check out the renovations to the club and (below) workers on the job yesterday. Renee Pilcher

It's time to party at Gympie RSL

“$1.5 MILLION well spent,” that’s how Gympie RSL manager Roy Shipp described the RSL’s latest revamp.

You can view all the new features tonight and have a drink on the updated deck when the renovations are officially opened by Mayor Ron Dyne at 6pm.

There will be goodie bags, a limited number of complimentary drinks and free snacks, the football will be showing in the new function room and Whacked Out Trio will entertain.

The party will continue on Saturday night with more goodies given away.

As a part of the new look an updated coffee shop has been added, the reception and bistro areas have been overhauled and the function room is much bigger with a large open veranda extending all the way along the front of the building.

When up and running the cafe will offer fresh juices and take away services from 10am to 10pm and 10am to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

And the bistro will offer table service.

RSL Promotions manager Tonita Geary said the new and improved look was needed to step the club up with the times.

“We’re 100 per cent happy,” she said.

RSL Sub-branch president Ivan Friske said he thought the renovations were great.

He said it was a project talked about from time to time over the years and finally got off the ground in the last year.

“The relationship between the club, sub-branch and building company (Reed Constructions) has come up with something the RSL can be proud of,” he said.

President of the RSL Club Joe Groves said although long overdue, the renovations were good for the club and great for Gympie.

He said the new function room was perfect for weddings and events.

“I would like to think it’s the best in town,” he said.

Gympie RSL Manager Roy Shipp, who pushed for the overhaul, said the new look was a comfortable, relaxed, modern space for members and guests.

He said the extra space in the function room meant more people could enjoy the great acts that were coming to the RSL in April and May, including the Delltones, Damien Leith and Wendy Matthews – and the new deck was a great spot for Sunday sessions.

Gympie Times


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