After over three-long years, the White Park community club rooms have been officially declared open.
The club rooms can now accommodate up to 100 people, around five times as many as the old building.
The newly constructed addition at White Park Reserve on the corner of Mulgundawah Road and Gladstone Street will be predominately used by the Murray Bridge Lions Club and the University of the Third Age (U3A) Murraylands, who both had already utilised the facility by the time of the official opening.
While the upgrades weren’t completely finished, Murray Bridge Lions president Ian Hollick was thrilled to see the building finally get some use.
“It’s been a long journey, but it’s great to be able to use our Lions’ Den to continue to do our work,” Mr Hollick said. “Hylton Moritz put in a lot hours and hard work to see this project through, and so did a lot of the other Lions and U3A.”
A wall is still to be installed in the main area to divide it, allowing added privacy for classes and a kitchen will be put in place.
U3A Murraylands president Debbie Griffiths said the foresight of past members had led to current members being able to aid the Lions in this project.
“Previous committees had put aside quite a lot of funds to put towards a new facility in the future, so we were able to help through their forward-thinking,” she said.
Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis declared the facilities open and praised the resilience of the building committee.
“Murray Bridge has a proud history of getting things done and this truly is another great example of just that,” he said.
A large garage will be used for storage of the Lions' barbecue trailer, as well as other items for use by the clubs.
Several other organisations also contributed to the project, including the Australian Lions Foundation, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, the two main tenants through their own fundraising, and the RAA, Kookaburra Homes and Solomon's through donations or discounts.