The Rebuild

 

This week the builders are making the final adjustments to the land and putting the steel framing in place before the concrete can be poured.

 

Our builders have been very busy on-site, leveling the land and putting the finishing touches on the trenches.

 

Big mounds of dirt seem to be appearing everywhere as the builders continue to excavate and flatten the land to allow for pipes to be laid in the trenches and for the concrete to be poured.

 

Note the date of 16th July 2018 as the start of a NEW ERA.

We are pleased to announce that we are now full steam ahead. Rohrig, our construction company is in control of the site. Excavation has begun which has included the moving of the Cenotaph, Lone Pine Tree and the 40/60 Bofors Gun - all integral components of The Community War Memorial. The Memorial will be relocated to the boundary of the car park at a later stage and will be an important focal point when Members and their Guests enter the Club via the new carpark entrance.

 

Our builders, Rohrig Constructions have officially moved in!

Design by Axil Architects.

 

The HMAS Katoomba Bell that was damaged in the fire was fully restored to its former glory on the 24th June. We think it looks fantastic!

 

On the 13th June we held a Cleansing of the ground Ceremony at the site which was conducted by Local Elders and accompanied by traditional Wagana Dancers. There was also a very special performance by The Katoomba Public School Koori Club Choir. The local Elders were delighted with some rain and a rainbow greeting us, signifying future success. We would like to thank everyone who attended this special ceremony.

 

Katoomba RSL Club DA Application Approved!

We are pleased to announce that our DA Application for the new Katoomba RSL Club Building has been officially approved by The Blue Mountains City Council.
We would like to express our gratitude to The Blue Mountains City Council for their efforts in fast-tracking our application and for their continued co-operation throughout this process.
We also thank our Members for their continued support and patience as we work on the re-building of our Club premises.

 

We are delighted to announce that the medals recovered from the fire in February 2017 have now been fully restored and framed. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team who specialises in Medal Restoration. Check out the before and after pictures! We think they look fantastic and we are very pleased with the end result.

 

The rebuilding process of the club at Lurline Street, Katoomba is well underway.

The club recently purchased the cottage at 4 Merriwa Street, Katoomba and this additional area of land will allow a much larger club to be built.

 

President Brian Turner and CEO Nick Darias were fortunate to be invited by Principal Mark Geerling and students from St. Canice's Primary school in July 2017 to watch and hear a presentation conducted by students from years 2, 3 and 4. The individual presentations were of the students' point of view of what should be included in the design of the members' new RSL Club. We gained some great insights and value from their thoughts and recommendations. The school's booklet will be displayed in our new memorabilia cabinet.

 

Katoomba RSL Management & their staff have taken over the catering at our other Club, Wentworth Falls Bowling Club.

 

Despite the fire on the 24th February, Katoomba RSL will be hosting ANZAC Day, if not bigger and better than before!

Transformation of the carpark has allowed for ANZAC Day to go on with a portable bar, 2-up rink and BBQ's set up for a gold coin donation lunch. All donations raised will go to the Katoomba RSL Sub-Branch. Thank you to Blue Mountains City Council and Blue Mountains Local Area Command for their support in allowing Anzac Day 2017 to continue.

 

A major fire on Friday 24 February 2017 caused extensive damage to the Katoomba RSL ASC in Lurline Street, Katoomba and as a result trading has ceased at that location until further notice. The extent of the damage was considerable.

To the RSL Sub Branch Members and the veteran community we can report that the prized memorabilia collection was severely affected. Some items of a metallic nature, survived. Items such as photographs, books, records, wood, china and clothing material were unable to be saved.

Nearly all of the original medal collection has thankfully survived and will require extensive restoration. The ship's bell from HMAS Katoomba has survived and will also require restoration. However, the banner of HMAS Katoomba, just recently restored in a magnificent new case, did not. The Cenotaph and the Bofors Gun did survive. The sandstone Dedication Stones placed on the exterior walls have also survived and will be retrieved.

The demolition process has commenced and the Club is preparing for the rebuilding program.