BOMADERRY Bowling Club has demonstrated its faith in the local community, investing almost $700,000 upgrading its two function rooms.
The Sunrise and Sunset Rooms, which seat 200 guests each, have undergone refurbishments over the past two months.
Secretary manager Garry Wilbraham said the club was investing in the future.
“If you are not investing for the future, there is no future,” he said.
“We have a staff of around 100 and we continually look at how we do things and upgrading the club and its facilities.”
The work on both rooms includes improvement on the bar areas, with new marble fronts installed, back lit by LED lighting at a cost of around $40,000.
“We have also lifted the decor of both bars significantly,” he said.
Six new pendant lights, which Mr Wilbraham said looked spectacular, have been installed at around $30,000.
“We are carpeting and painting throughout both rooms and have installed extra LED lighting,” he said.
“We have also had a lot of joinery structures built around the pillars and the stage.”
The work includes an upgraded entrance section, complete with new decorative ceilings with LED lights, while new chairs to the value of $50,000 have also been purchased.
“Generally it is an upgrade of both rooms, which when opened up for big functions can cater for up to 400 guests,” he said.
And the good news for the Shoalhaven economy is that the work is being carried out by a host of local companies.
“Garry Ison Builders have overseen the work with Ijed Electrical, South Coast Refrigeration, Byrnes and Grimes Painters, Ocean Kitchens and Basha’s Floors and Blinds all undertaking work,” Mr Wilbraham said.
“We have done the work during what is traditionally a quiet time for us, especially on the wedding front.”
The two rooms will be relaunched on Saturday, March 10, with wedding receptions in both.
Mr Wilbraham said trade at the club over the past few months had been “comfortable”.
“I would describe it as comfortable. We aren’t booming but we aren’t going backwards either,” he said.
There are plans for further improvements with the board looking at proposals for a decor change in the gaming area.