Roaring approval for Lions Den

Councillor Matt Constance, GVK Lion Paul Ryan and GVK Lions President Debbie Payne and Image credit to Denis Stirling from GVK Lions

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s (MBRC) master vision to create a community hub at James Drysdale Reserve has come together after the completion of the new $1.6 million multi-use building and new home of the Golden Valley Keperra Lions Club (GVK Lions).

Aptly named the ‘Kakowan Community Facility’ after the Turrbal name for kookaburra, the centre was formally opening on the 4th November with a Grand Opening Ceremony and the keys were officially handed over to the Lions.

This diverse building will accommodate a variety of local community groups, with plans to open the space up to all walks of life. From house youth and senior services, to arts, crafts and community activities, this new building will be a bustling hub for the neighbourhood. The state-of-the-art establishment features two multi-purpose rooms, two meeting rooms and deck space with magnificent views of bushland that will be hireable to community groups and separate amenities for each. Plus caffeine lovers will rejoice at the inclusion of a  a coffee servery at the hub. 

The Opening Ceremony at the Kakowan Community Facility. Image credit to Denis Stirling from GVK Lions

Councillor Matt Constance said the hub ties in with Council’s vision to elevate James Drysdale Reserve from a sporting precinct into a hub for the community to gather.

‘Mums and dads will be able to stop for a coffee at Kakowan’s new coffee servery that is due to open in the coming months and mingle with the Lions while their kids play or train on the nearby sports facilities,’ he said.

‘I also hope this becomes a popular pitstop location for the huge number of cyclists, walkers and runners who use the Jinker Track and Bunya State Forest as a base for their regular activities in the southern part of our region.’

Not only will this hub be the new Den for the GVK Lions, but they will also take over the lease on a nominal rate and be responsible for sub leasing to other community groups. This community managed model have been a great success in the past within the region with the Samford Community Hub. In fact MBRC offers groups and clubs within James Drysdale Reserve with a generous nominal $1 per year lease arrangement, for more information visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Community-Support

Booking enquiries can be made directly with GVK Lions at cottontrees@bigpond.com or call 0409 688 675

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