Work begins on clubroom redevelopment

FINALLY: The storm-damaged Cleve clubrooms were demolished last weekend after three years of waiting.
FINALLY: The storm-damaged Cleve clubrooms were demolished last weekend after three years of waiting.

After three years of waiting and fundraising, the storm-damaged Cleve clubrooms have finally been demolished and the redevelopment is underway.

The rooms have stood unusable for three years after a storm in early 2016 damaged the roof.

After years of grant applications, Cleve Sporting Bodies received the funds for the $1.5-million project in September.

The building was demolished in late November.

Rubble has been delivered to the oval to begin work on the foundations for the new rooms.

Cleve Sporting Bodies plan to have the foundations ready to build on by pageant night in late December.

Builders are scheduled to begin construction of the shed in mid January next year.

Sporting bodies president Kelly Richardson said construction was on track to be finished within a year.

Cricket matches at the oval will continue as normal while intermittent building work continues over coming months.

Mrs Richardson said it was exciting to finally see work begin on the project, which had been a challenge to fund.

“To see it actually start is pretty amazing,” she said.

She said it was great to “finally see three years of hard work starting to take shape.”

“I’m very proud of our committee and the community for backing us.”

She encouraged the community to keep an eye out for  working bees as construction progressed.

CSB are planning to do their own painting, cleaning and the construction of some furniture to reduce costs as much as possible.