Kingaroy RSL Club president Ross Olsson, manager Maxine Tessmann and vice-president Mike Barrett were getting ready to welcome customers back on Wednesday morning

June 10, 2020

Kingaroy RSL Club is back in business after the COVID-19 shutdown but with a few new rules in place plus a $50,000 kitchen renovation.

The club reopened its doors to customers at 10:30am on Wednesday.

Under the current Health Directions, 20 patrons are allowed in the downstairs Tobruk Room, 20 in the Milne Bay bistro area and 12 in the White Room.

The poker machine area is still closed however Keno is up and running.

The club is open for meals and coffees, but there will be no standing around the bar … bar staff will be offering table service.

Customers will be greeted at the club’s doors and escorted to a table, where they will fill in a form providing their contact details.

The club will also be opening on restricted hours, 10:30am to 8:00pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Club vice-president Mike Barrett said the COVID-19 closure had provided an opportunity to renovate the kitchen.

New wall panels have been installed as well as tiles on the floor and stainless steel splashbacks behind the stoves.

The electricity supply and gas fittings have also been upgraded.

There have also been upgrades in the bistro area, with protection strips installed along the walls and a fresh coat of paint in the cafe.

Mike said the staff were looking forward to welcoming back customers to the club.

The first few through the door on Wednesday included a small party of guests invited by RSL Sub-Branch members to mark the reopening, including former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion.

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Nanango RSL Club will open its doors to the public at 11:00am on on Tuesday, June 16. It will also be operating under a COVID Safe plan, with a maximum of 20 people in each area.

Murgon Services Club has stated it will reopen on July 10, or earlier if the State Government brings forward Stage 3 of the COVID-19 recovery roadmap.

Wondai Diggers Club is offering takeaway meals on Friday and Saturday nights but has no immediate plans to re-open before Stage 3.

Blackbutt RSL Club is undergoing renovations and does not plan to re-open until later this year.

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Rex Parsons hard at work in the renovated Kingaroy RSL Club kitchen
Tina Thompson … ready to make coffees and serve up cakes from the renovated cafe area
The first couple to take advantage of the re-opening on Wednesday morning was former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion … they were greeted by Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch president Don Davey

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4 Responses to "Kingaroy RSL Club Back In Business"

  1. Marietta Wetzig  June 11, 2020

    Fabulous!

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  2. Jan Toms  June 11, 2020

    I am so happy to see the club opening again. I wish the best for a successful venture in these unprecedented times..

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  3. Bill Weir  June 11, 2020

    I agree with other commenters. Our clubs fill a vital social function in every town where they operate, and not having them operating the past few months left a genuine void in a lot of people’s lives. Welcome back! You’ve been sorely missed.

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  4. Disgruntled  June 11, 2020

    Absoultely fantastic; there will be a lot of people feeling slightly freer now which can only be a real good thing especially for the mental wellbeing of the folks attending.

    Funny though that there were so many oppositions to the Wondai markets which in fact were not really shut down; and they are open air and not enclosed either!

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