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$565,000 WORK TRANSFORMS CLUB MACLEAY FORESHORE

Redland City Council has recently undertaken foreshore protection works at the end of Kalara Street, in front of the Macleay Island Bowls Club.

The considerable project has involved the construction of a rock revetment wall, beach access stairs and a access ramp and has been completed at a cost of $565,000.

The work was carried out to provide protection to the club greens which were in danger of being undermined by the waters of Moreton Bay.

The club setting with greens right on the edge of the bay are regarded as one of the premiere and picturesque settings for the playing of bowls, anywhere in the world!

An extensive new rock wall has been constructed which connects to the existing seawall to the north and has been designed to protect the bowling club greens.

The new stairs run from street level down to the beach while the concrete ramp provides bay access for non-motorised watercraft.

Finishing touches to works include the addition of stainless steel handrails to the stairs and ramps.

Cr Mark Edwards said the extensive works had ‘greatly enhanced’ the club setting and surrounds.

“It is a particularly satisfying project. The work has added significantly to the area and offers long-term protection to the club greens and waterside border areas.

“At a cost of $565,000 the work is a huge investment in Macleay Island and is a vote of confidence in the future of Club Macleay,” the councillor added.

Club Macleay, the home of the Macleay Island Bowls Club, is located on land leased from Redland City Council.

Club Macleay chairman, Rod Callaghan, was particularly effusive of the work carried out by council workers.

“On behalf of the committee, management and members of Macleay Island Bowls Club and the Bay Islands community, I would like to thank the Redland City Council who have built the retaining wall and foreshore project on Kalara Street to save our green from collapsing.

“Thank you to everyone who helped, they all did a fantastic job.

“It is a great pleasure to be chairman of a great club and a member of a fantastic community.

“The completed works have made the club much safer; safeguarded our future; and enhanced the surrounding landscaping. It is first class,” Rod Callaghan added.

• Rod Callaghan (right) enthusiastically thanks Cr Mark Edwards on the foreshore project enhancement.

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