Bendigo RSL’s $4m plans revealed

THE Bendigo RSL Club is set to have the city’s biggest sports bar under a multimillion-dollar redevelopment.
Nanjing Night Net

Plans for the $4.2 million renovations include an expanded outdoor area with bar and betting facilities, and a children’s playground.

Bendigo and District RSL president Cliff Richards said it was about transforming the club to keep it relevant.

“It’s the changing face of the RSL,” he said.

“The decisions on the redevelopments have all been linked around the community and what members want.”

Mr Richards said the aim of the upgrade was to be more modern and appeal to a younger generation.

But he said the traditional RSL memorabilia would remain on prominent display.

A one-tonne FFG 7 gold propellor that currently sits in the gardens will be moved inside as a key feature of the front entrance.

General manager Erik Wynveen said the renovations would “maintain the RSL ethos”.

“It’s a modern interpretation of the RSL,” he said.

As part of the upgrades, the whole interior of the building will be redesigned with modern decor and new kitchens.

No new poker machines will be added, with the gaming area the only part of the club to be left untouched.

Mr Wynveen said the expansions would put Bendigo among the top five biggest RSL clubs in the state.

He said the upgraded function centre would be able to hold bigger functions and help the club grow over the next 10 years. “It will be a completely new venue. The front facade will be different. The refurbishment is about catering for different demographics and becoming more modern,” he said.

Works are set to start in January, with an expected completion date of October 2013.

IN FROM THE COLD: Bendigo RSL Club general manager Eric Wynveen and district president Cliff Richards with the Bendigo-made propeller, which will be moved into the front entry. Picture: PETER WEAVING

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