Coastal clubhouse plans approved
BYRON Bay Football Club has scored a goal by getting its plans for a new clubhouse at it's "spiritual home” through council.
BBFC board member and architect John McKay said he's really pleased that after many years of discussions ans planning,
"There was a situation about four years ago when there was a discussion moving us to the Ewingsdale Sport Centre,” he said.
"At the time we were having our 50th year celebrations and the club decided it wanted to stay at its spiritual home of half a century.”
Mr McKay who joined the BBFC board five years ago, said the club was then looking at plans for the future.
"I put my hand up and to look at the possibilities and then we had a very early conversation with council,” he said.
"At that stage they were not very supportive but we went ahead and designed it and the when we approached the mayor and councillors they were very supportive.”
Mr McKay said the club put the development approval in late 2017 and recently received approval to proceed.
"This allows us to now apply for state and federal and Football Federation Australia and big regional grants,” he said.
"At the same time we have a level of sponsorship within the club and members who are builders, tradesmen and engineers and then we will do some big fundraisers.”
While the plans may be approved, Mr McKay it is unlikely members will be using the new clubhouse before 2019.
"The dream for us would be for us to move into it at this time in 2019, but it might take another year,” he said.
"We have a realistic approach.”
While the building will be two stories high, the club plan's for it to remain unlicensed and to offer it's use to other community groups at a modest cost.
"This will be as much a clubhouse for the BBFC as it is about nurturing the community,” he said.
"It will be able to be used for a peppercorn rent and will have disabled facilities, so it's open for a wide range of groups to use.”
By opening up the clubhouse to other groups, Mr McKay said the BBFC hoped to use this revenue to help pay for the grounds' maintenance.
"Our club is growing, particularly with the women's division,” he said.