Thanks to all those who attended the official opening of the storage facility for Newport Waters Canoe Club making the day a great success.
It was a great day for all with a special presentation being made to Carol Stewart thanking her family for the access to their private residence for the past 14 plus years. David Stewart, Commodore, preceded the official opening by the Mayor (Redcliffe City), Allan Sutherland, by giving a brief history about the club and how the facility now provides the club with a range of opportunities for the future. The facility also provides our club members with easier access to the water and better resources.
The Mayor then gave a brief speech outlining the projected plans for the future of Talobilla Park and its use by not only sporting clubs but the general public. The mayor also announced that the council will be providing the required funding for the connection of power to the facility. The mayor then officially opened the facility by unveiling a plaque commemorating the opening and along with David Stewart ceremoniously cut a ribbon strung across a door opening.
All were then able to participate in a BBQ feast and ample of liquid refreshment whilst sitting back looking out over the waters of the canal system at Scarborough. The weather was ideal with a soothing breeze drifting through the facility.
For those who were unable to inspect the facility it is a large colour bond shed supplied and erected by Adro. The shed measures 16 metres x 12 metres with allowances for the 3 metre awning along the 16 metre front. The facility has a secure compound on the western side of the facility. The facility is located on 800m2 of leased land in Talobilla Park, Kippa Ring on the banks of Walker Creek which opens to the protected waters of the canals at Scarborough and eventually the open waters of Deception Bay and Moreton Bay.
Special thanks to:
Gambling Community Benefit Fund – $30 000 toward the project
Redcliffe City Council – many services, assistance and guidance provided
Guardian Framing – the commemorative plaque
John Peterson – Project Manager
Many thanks to our special guests:
Councillor Allan Sutherland Ð Mayor, Redcliffe City Council
Di Bensley – QC Executive Officer
Matthew Fitzpatrick – Recreation Planning & Development Officer, Redcliffe City Council
Gary and Irma Hutchinson Ð Cooke & Hutchinson Solicitors
Paul and Barbara Cook Ð Guardian Framing
Fred & Gloria OÕNeill – Sunshine Coast Canoe Club Inc.
Peter Eickenloff Ð President, Sandgate Canoe Club Inc.
We would also like to acknowledge those who were unable to attend and forwarded their apologies:
Hon Ray Hollis MP – Member for Redcliffe
Councillor Rita Smith Ð Deputy Mayor, Redcliffe City Council
John Halstead – current member
Rein Duyvestyn – current member
Greg Dick – past member
Trevor and Margaret Reynolds – past members
Amanda Smith – past member
Bill and Kate Studley – past members
Newport Waters Canoe Club