Thanks to members for their patience over the past few months as our renovations have progressed. We now have our new toilets/showers up and running, and we expect the new kitchen to be completed in the next couple of weeks, and normal operations can be resumed. The complexity of the project given the requirements for installation of new security monitoring for our gun room, compliance with building regulations for disabled access and other issues encountered along the way such as white ant damage to the building frame, and delays from suppliers made the project longer than any of us anticipated.
As well as the new toilets, showers and separately equipped disabled toilet/shower, the new area features a walk-in equipment store, servery, commercial standard kitchen, wet & dry storerooms.
Our builder Chris from Artezen Constructions together with our club member and architect Atha Tsakonas have worked very hard over the past few months to ensure a quality outcome for the club. In particular Chris has been very accommodating to our clubroom users in ensuring the building work created limited interference for our police & security group clubroom users.
We have already had many positive comments from club members on how fabulous the new area looks. It also highlights the need to renew the main part of the clubroom as the contrast between the old and the new is dramatic.
Along the way there has been help from many quarters. Firstly Atha our architect has provided countless hours of support and project management at no cost to the club. Bruce Ould provided most of the plumbing items at discounted prices from Reece; Val McCready, Peter Kelly and a band of canteen helpers moved everything out in the beginning. Val, Sam, Tony, Katie & Euan have worked under trying conditions in the past few months to continue providing services to club members, and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Two of our key suppliers - Dail Dridan of Dailsway Technologies and Jason of ETSIS have been busy recently setting up the access and security for the new area. Our main supplier of the kitchen fitout & appliances - Advantage Kitchens - have been extremely helpful in ensuring we had the right setup to comply with council regulations, and accommodating our many changes of mind. Our treasurer, Paris, has also been busy sourcing a new coffee machine, and also various appliances along the way. His input into design and appliances has been invaluable.
Whilst not quite complete, the final cost of the project is expected to fall within the budget limits originally set, and the club has completed the project without the need for a bank loan.
The safety range was re-opened mid-January after a short closure with a new overhead baffle to prevent fragments escaping the range area. The project was managed by Richard Lightfoot together with Tony Elsmore. As part of the project the protective strips at the front of the targets were also re-angled, the concrete at the back of the targets scaled back and everything given a coat of paint. We thank members for their patience during the installation period.
At the second of our briefings on the clubroom development held on March 19th 2011, the proposal for redeveloping the kitchen & bathroom areas was outlined to members. Below are details of the proposal and some additional information for members.
The committee of MISC invite members to the second briefing on the proposed clubroom renovation to be held at the clubrooms on March 26th at 3pm.
We encourage you to come along to hear about:
• What is planned;
• What impact this will have on you as a club member whilst the development is in progress; and
• How the proposal will be funded.
You will also have the opportunity to raise any concerns or questions you may have regarding the proposal. A copy of the plans can be downloaded by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Members shooting on the 25m range will notice that the development of the area adjacent to range one is in progress (in front of the gun room). This area will feature a concrete base, overhead cover and installation of the ransom rest enabling testing of loads for pistols. We expect the range to operational in March.