News

Candidate claims Curra Club shut down is a 'land grab'

"THE wowsers have taken over," Doug Anderson said, after Gympie Regional Council announced its plan to close the Curra Country Club.

And Reg Lawler was quick to agree, when he visited the doomed club the next day.

Both candidates in the current postal ballot for mayor claimed the demise of the club would "cut the heart out" of the suburb's social activity.

Mr Anderson said the council claimed the club was not fulfilling an important community role, but he had knocked on doors around the area and everyone he spoke to wanted the club to stay.

Both he and Mr Lawler said the closure would benefit the possible use of a proposed hotel site across the road.

"I think it's a land grab," Mr Anderson said.

"They do a brilliant job training kids in kitchen and bar work; small clubs can meet there for nothing and it doesn't have any pokies - which is good for the community.

"There's an art club that wants the building and doesn't want the bar," Mr Anderson said.

Mr Lawler said the council had decided in a secret session to destroy the club and an open public meeting had rubber stamped the decision without discussion.

The motion had been moved by acting mayor Rae Gate and seconded by Cr Wayne Sachs, he said.

"Council says the facility does not fill a community need. Wouldn't you think they should ask the community about that?" he said.

"A few years ago an executive was dismissed by a vote of members, but the club has functioned well since then."

Former officials on both sides of the now ancient dispute criticised the council.

Former president Tom Guy said divisions within the club had been encouraged or condoned by another.

On the other side, another former president, Kevin Bailey, said volunteers had built the facilities the council now wanted to take away.

Mayoral candidates have been invited to meet club members on site at 10am tomorrow, Mr Lawler said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  curra country club gympie regional council



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

'Unacceptable cruelty' costs Gympie man nearly $9K

CRUELTY: Extreme mistreatment of a goat led to a man being ordered to pay nearly $9000 in fine and costs.

Goat was chained, injured, starved and sick - court

Unexpected creatures sighted on Fraser Island

An unexpected creature has been spotted on Fraser Island.

The creature has been spotted seven times over the past five years.

Heartbreaking terror toll felt in Gympie

CLOSE TO HOME: Gem and Nick Green originally came from the near-Manchester region.

Heartbreaking terror act but Gympie people will soldier on

Local Partners

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life. When the lie found its way back to her boyfriend, there was hell to pay.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!