After closing its doors to the public in 2018, the much-loved old Club Sandgate is now midway through a stunning transformation that will see it brought back to life for 4017 residents.
The club — which is now owned by Michael Maguire and will be operated by licensee the Kedron-Wavell Services Club — will be nearly unrecognisable in its new skin with considerable renovations transforming it into a modern, family-oriented club.
Kedron-Wavell Services Club general manager Lyndon Broome said the club’s renovation was well underway, with plans to open to the public later this year.
“The Sandgate RSL was always on our mind, as we know the value that community clubs can deliver for their people,” he said.
“We are completing a full refurbishment of the whole building and everything will be brand new, including the exciting installation of a new lift that will reposition the entry back to the main door.
“The new facility will incorporate two dining areas, one being a family-style bistro and the other being a table service restaurant.”
Broome said the local community had been eager to know when the doors to the new venue would open, with the old Sandgate RSL Club being a favourite with members and the public alike.
“It has been amazing as everyone we talk to either has an amazing story to share about a memory from the club from many years ago or are simply excited to have ‘their’ Club back in Sandgate,” he said.
“Clubs are an important part of the social makeup of any local community, and this club will provide a safe and friendly location for all to meet and feel included.”
The punters aren’t the only ones who will benefit. The new club will provide a raft of employment opportunities for locals to take advantage of – especially salient at a time of economic uncertainty.
“The club will employ between 40 and 60 staff with most of these being sourced locally. We will also be implementing school-based trainees,” he said.
“We love how much the people of Sandgate love Sandgate, and we can’t wait to become a part of the fabric of this community once again.”