$120,000 donation by Rotary Club of Manly Sunrise enabled the completion of
the $185,000 upgrade to the Pioneer Clubhouse premises.
Daily Local News by Steven Deare
Pioneer Clubhouse, a service of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW,
officially opened their upgraded premises on Quirk Rd, Balgowlah in December.
The service helps people with mental issues gain confidence and helps them with
entering community life and finding employment.
The $185,000 renovations to the old building - which staff said had cats and
possums living in the ceiling - were mostly funded by a $120,000 donation from
the Rotary Club of Manly Sunrise. The revamp includes new meeting rooms and
office, exercise and arts facilities. Pioneer has also appointed a dietitian and
physiologist to play key roles.
Pioneer Clubhouse - Ph 02 9907 9999
Members plus 5 staff run
the Clubhouse. Members play an important role - participating in decision-making
and taking up some positions in administration, communications, gardening and
hospitality to help them gain confidence and experience. Pioneer Clubhouse also
runs education and employment assistance programs.
The new building architectural plans were presented to
Clubhouse. The plan is essentially an add-on to the existing structure. The current building will remain, however it will be significantly altered internally.
With the somewhat dilapidated condition of the current building this project could not come at a better time! We’ve all managed to get by with the current building and it looks like we may finally be rewarded with this add on/upgrade project that is nothing short of monumental for the Pioneer Clubhouse, Balgowlah since its very beginning.
Below is the Final Plan that was submitted to the council for a development approval.