Multi-level structure to help solve Nambour's parking woes
AFTER re-opening in January following refurbishment, the new-look Nambour RSL Services and Citizens Club is now preparing to build a multi-level carpark.
The carpark will help fill a gap in parking options for Nambour residents on the hunt for a good night out, says RSL manager Suzanne Long.
The RSL last month received approval for the car park, to be located opposite the club's current site on Matthew St.
The application had been inspired by planning sessions that identified a carpark as something the local community needed, Ms Long said.
She said car parking could "be limited at times" and the club wanted to offer members a safe and convenient undercover option.
The role of the RSL as an events venue for local schools, professionals and for individuals celebrating special occasions had increased since Nambour Civic Centre reopened as venue for a cinema.
"With the loss of the Nambour Civic Centre our venue can offer a space for professional, school and special occasion events," she said. "Providing car parks for these patrons is critical."
With 318 additional spaces, the new carpark will allow the RSL club to expand its function facilities and run larger events without compromising existing services, Ms Long said.
"It's a great feeling knowing that our vision and strategic planning, years in the making, has finally taken life in delivering this quality venue for our community.
"Critical of course, is our members and the community's feedback and I'm very pleased to say that we've received some fantastic comments to date on our latest renovation," she said.
Nambour RSL opened in the 1950s, has nearly 19,500 members, employs 90 staff locally and in recent years has contributed $2.6 million to community groups.
"As anyone in business knows, it is no small task to remain successful over generations," Ms Long said.
"We have had to apply long term thinking in all that we do."