Support gets Kawana surf club on the move
A TIDAL wave of community support was the impetus the Kawana Surf Club needed to complete vital renovations that members believe will secure the club's future.
For years, the club struggled to get by with tired, outdated facilities. Last month, hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the official opening of the renovations.
Whether it was picking up a paintbrush, dedicating hours of time poring over plans or donating building materials, the local community went above and beyond to make the project a success, supporters club president Scott Brydson said.
"Without the support from a few local businesses, locals and members we would not have been able to complete the upgrading of the old building," he said.
The benefits of the renovations have already started rolling in.
Supporters Club treasurer Bob Clements said the value of the community support could be measured in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"We started off with a budget of $425,000, but after all donations of materials, services and labour the completed project is estimated at about $650,000," he said.
Mr Clements said the club had seen a "real jump" in patronage during the past two weeks.
"Only a few Friday or Saturday function nights have not booked out until after December," he said.
The renovations might not have got off the ground were it not for the support of the Kawana Waters RSL Sub Branch.
Building designer and club member of seven years Damian Collins said he had been overwhelmed by the groundswell of support.
The completed renovations are stage one of a five-stage redevelopment plan for the club.