Bowls club is reborn
RISING from the silt of the 2009 flood, Urunga's new bowling club is definitely the silver lining of the devastating event.
It is also a clever reworking of the site, parts of which are still unavoidably flood-prone.
Club CEO Thane Duncan said the location of the new building to the back of the site meant it was now up at 3.85 metres, a comfortable height above the 3.6 metre flood peak.
"We took an enormous hit from the flood, losing about 900 of our members but this is our fresh start, we have a clear vision for the future and already things are turning around," Mr Duncan said.
"It has certainly been a draining process getting everything going again but now the building is up out of the ground, people are starting to get excited - as are we here at the club.
"We've already started talking about the launch - it will be great for the town."
The $7.5 million facility is the result of a negotiated settlement with the insurance company and careful financial planning by the club's financial managers.
"We will have a debt but one which we will be able to service easily, especially if we get back to where we were before the flood."
The new club will boast all new furniture (as opposed to the borrowed pieces now servicing the old club), an east-facing outdoor area with children's playgound, a coffee bar which will serve snacks and a restaurant that will be offering an a la carte menu as well as the popular Chinese fare.
The grand opening is expected to be the end of April 2012 - followed by the demolition of the old club and the creation of the new green.