Yacht club finds its true north thanks to State Government and Council

Published 24 May 2021

Newport Cruising Yacht Club clubhouse

Boaties of Newport will be cruising into their new $205,000 clubhouse and training facility in style thanks to funding from the State Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the Newport Cruising Yacht Club will soon have a place to call their own on the banks of canals near Talobilla Park, after construction began on their dream home.

“The Newport Cruising Yacht Club have been searching for a home for a few years now, so I’m pleased that Council and the State Government have come together to help them achieve that,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the State for their $127,000 contribution through the Get Going Places and Spaces grant, which triggered Council’s commitment to add $22,900 for this project, and a $50,000 interest free loan to help the club build their dream home.

“This new clubhouse and training facility will provide a great deal of recreational activity for the people of Newport, and it goes a long way to our ongoing goal to create a better lifestyle for all Moreton Bay Region locals.”

State MP for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said the Queensland Government was committed to improving the lifestyle and amenity for all residents.

“I’m absolutely buoyed to hear the Newport Cruising Yacht Club will get the new home they deserve and provide a great amenity to the people of in the surrounding area,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Government knows the importance of recreational facilities to keep active and stay mentally refreshed during these COVID-19 times.

“These works also keeps more tradies on the tools, which boosts our local economy as we continue to sail to recovery.

“I’d like to thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for their contribution and for providing the land for the yacht club to find their true north.”

Newport Cruising Yacht Club commodore Bolek Sulikowski said he can’t wait to see the clubhouse finished and put to use.

“The club has been somewhat rudderless for the past few years without a permanent place to call home, so this is a massive boost for us,” he said.

“It will allow us to conduct more formal training and hold social gatherings without having to unpack and pack up equipment each time.

“I’m forever grateful for the investment from both the State Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council to help get this project up and running.”

The clubhouse is expected to be complete by July, weather permitting.