Coast RSL thinks big to cope with growing demand
A POPULAR coast RSL plans to build up its facilities to cater for what it says is growing demand for its services.
Tewantin-Noosa RSL and Citizens Memorial Club chief executive officer, Phillip Stephenson, said a new playroom for children, a new lounge area, a new smoker's terrace and extensions to the gaming area were planned for the club.
Mr Stephenson said at least 18,000 patrons were coming through the doors every month, which was a figure that had grown between five and 10 per cent on previous years.
He said the club was currently serving between 12,000 and 14,000 main course meals a month.
"We have just been getting busier and busier," Mr Stephenson said.
He said the club didn't currently have any facilities for children.
"This gives them an area to get away and play."
He hoped that would be completed by April next year.
A new lounge area will be created to help when patrons arrive for dinner and find the restaurant is full.
"They can go and wait in the lounge," Mr Stephenson said.
It is hoped to be completed by November next year.
The gaming lounge is being expanded but there will not be extra poker machines.
Mr Stephenson said there would be more room to fit the 180 machines currently operating.
A smoker's terrace where patrons can also drink alcohol will also be created. Patrons had previously not been allowed to drink in the smoking areas.
Those extensions are hoped to be completed by October next year.
An extra 30 car parking spaces will also be created.
Mr Stephenson said finding a park could be difficult, particularly during the day.
He said memorabilia dating back as far as the First World War would be displayed more prominently in the new foyer.
There are also longer term plans to create a larger function area as well as balcony at the front of the club.
But there is no timeline for those works as yet.
The current extensions are yet to be approved and are being considered by Noosa Council.
For more information or to make a submission call 5329 6500.