Ballina RSL gets green light for $5m revamp
By MARY MANN
BALLINA RSL Club is about to start a $5 million make over, and Jan Pauling and the crew at the club are almost bursting with ex- citement. The plans for the new-look ground floor at the River Street club include a new sports bar and lounge, enhanced river views, and new gaming facilities. Ms Pauling, the bistro supervi- sor, said she could not wait to see the looks on customers' faces when they saw the finished pro- ject. "It's about time the club got a bit of a make over. I'm really excited," she said. Bill Coulter, club general man- ager, said the work would make the facility one of the region's most impressive lifestyle and tourism attractions, and that it would have a modern theme. "There is an enormous feeling of anticipation amongst the staff," he said. "We are keen to see construc- tion get under way and see the fruits of the development. "It's an exciting time for us and the community."
During the construction phase Ballina RSL staff will wear spunky Construction Crew T- shirts, to 'meet the construction phase with a touch of humour'. There will also be peepholes into the construction sites so the public can have a stickybeak and keep up with the progress.
The last major renovations at the club were carried out in the early 1990s when elevators and the front reception area were put in. The development application for the ground floor renovation was given the green light by Ballina Shire Council on Thursday.