RSL and bowls clubs join together in new home
FOR 15 years the Gladstone RSL Club has been run out of temporary buildings, but in coming weeks that will all change.
In a mutual arrangement, the Gladstone Bowls Club and the RSL club will align themselves to become the Gladstone RSL Bowls and Citizens Club.
Gladstone RSL secretary Peter Young said there was still plenty of work to be done, but it should be done in time for Anzac Day and the centenary celebrations.
"Everyone is working very hard to do it. There will be no stone left unturned," he said.
The move is long-awaited from a temporary home at the marina and the deal has been under negotiation for the past eight months.
The building has a restaurant operating under new management, and several poker machines.
"(The changes are) going to make a huge difference and hopefully bring new members," Mr Young said.
"We're so grateful to the Gladstone Port Authority and the council. Without them we definitely would be out on the road or operating from my garage."
The Moura Cres land given to Gladstone RSL was never developed.
"I can't see this particular association not working; we're both very positive and we're moving on.
"People in the future will see a big change in the club. They will get more out of the RSL," he said.
Mr Young said the primary focus was to provide welfare to ex-servicemen and women and war widows.