Our new and old venue - Pavilion's $1.1 million facelift
GYMPIE has a brand new, much more accessible function venue, right where the old one was.
"It's the Pavilion's first major facelift since 1995,” Mayor Mick Curran said this week as he took a look around the new facilities upstairs at Gympie Showgrounds.
And "major” is the word for the a project representing just over $1 million shared between the Gympie Regional Council and Federal Government.
"Ultimately it's a better facility for the main users, the Gympie Show and the Turf Club, but also for other functions, conferences and meetings.”
Turf Club president Shane Gill was almost awe-struck as he described the new venue.
"The timber work and the design are fantastic,” he said. "The architect has done a great job catering for what people want.
"Every Queenslander likes to have a deck and I can just imagine people out there watching the races.
"And it's so vibrant. It was always a great venue but now it's that much more appealing. The council is to be commended on their achievements,” he said.
"I'd never been inside to have a close look until this week. I don't think there's anything else that comes close to it.”
"It's a lot better,” said an enthusiastic council Access Advisory Committee chair Roxanne MacGregor.
Wheelchair access was a problem in the old lift, which was cramped and key operated.
"The new lift is a lot better and more practical to use,” she said. "It's great.”
And it is just the beginning.
"Stage Two, which will involve downstairs as well, could be a couple of years away,” Cr Curran said.