Club injects $3million into major renovation
By EMMA CORNFORD
IN AROUND six weeks, visitors to the newest section of the Grafton District Services Club will swap their hard hats with no hats as the club's renovations come to a close.
A new set of front doors were installed and an electrical sub-station was relocated inside the club yesterday as renovations continued.
When complete, the construction site will be replaced by a new front entrance, reception, new gaming area and terrace dining.
Site manager Mark Stacey said there had been few glitches in the building process so far.
"As with any project there were a few unexpected finds and that did slow things down a bit but we've worked hard to get through it and now the project is back on time," he said.
The project will cost the club around $3 million, with most contracts awarded to Clarence Valley companies.
"We made an effort to get the majority of contracts for locals," Mr Stacey said.
"We have local electricians, plumbers, tilers, glaziers ... landscaping and the carpark has been designed locally as well."
The new design will include a sweeping entry which leads to a reception area, with a large gaming area ahead of the visitor.
To the left, the new dining section will link with the old dining area and a ramp will lead to the lounge area of the club.
The existing carpark, which backs onto Alice Street, will remain, linking to the new carpark.
With a part smoking ban to come into effect at licensed premises next year, club general manager Arthur Lysaught said the construction of a smoking area had been a challenge.
"We're designing an outdoor area to allow people to smoke but it's been made a bit difficult because the State Government has not yet come up with appropriate conditions," he said.
"But we're addressing it now so we can be prepared when the ban comes into place."