Health club helps revitalise RSL site
By NERIDA BLOK, Lismore City Reporter
MATT GEORGE is out to prove fitness is close to godliness by opening a health club at the former Lismore RSL Club site, now owned by Lismore Revival Fellowship.
The 27-year-old former Lismore High student plans a $200,000 extreme makeover for the club's former lounge and poker machine area. His health club would cater for men and women.
Mr George, the owner-manager of Goonellabah Summit Sports and Fitness Centre, has taken a six-year lease on 400 square metres of space from Lismore Revival Fellowship.
The church group purchased the club for $870,000 in March this year after financial problems forced its closure.
"It's been on my wish-list for 12 months," said Mr George, who won the 2004 Lismore Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year.
He said the club, to open in September, would include a gym in the former bowlers' lounge and an aerobics area upstairs 'where the pokies used to be', with future plans to include a day spa and physiotherapy services.
Lismore Revival Fellowship manager Garry Moylan said his group would retain three sections of the club, including the auditorium and mezzanine.
Mr Moylan said these areas would be used to hold fellowship meetings and provide a space community groups could lease under the proposed name of Market Street Community Centre.
He said plans were also with council for a child care centre to be run by Lismore Revival Fellowship, but operated as a separate entity.
The club's 25-metre indoor pool will be managed by Michael and Joanne Freney, who currently op erate the Casino Baths.