It's been a tough year for Goodna RSL. In January 2011, the Club was one of the worst hit by the floods. Water levels peaked at over the roof of the three level building, destroying equipment, stock and almost closing the Club for good. To make matters worse, the floods all but wiped out the brand new community centre the Club built just a few hundred meters down the road.
The resilience of the Club has prevailed with news this week that work to re-instate the main Club venue will commence early in the New Year. DWS assisted the committee with securing finance and with licensing issues. DWS consultant Danny Hickey has developed in conjunction with the Club, a business continuity plan in the event that a flood re-occurs.
President David Christie said "Losing the main trading club was one thing but the greatest regret for me was losing the community centre. It's the home for a number of ex-service organisations including the Vietnam Veterans Association and the Young Diggers".
"The loss of our staff and loss of jobs is hard to deal with too. You can replace carpets and equipment but some of our staff have worked at the Club for over ten years. They've had to move on and find jobs elsewhere."
The Club acted quickly and created a small temporary venue on Brisbane Terrace to generate some income while approvals for the re-building of the main premises were sought and finance approved.
Westpac has now approved the Club's finance application to proceed to with the re-instatement of the fitout, furniture and equipment at the Club and Ipswich City Council has fast-tracked approvals to get the Club operational. The Club provided over $1,000,000 in donations, grants and in-kind support to the community over the past five years.