Judo Club gains new home at Mossman Showgrounds


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The Coral Coast Judo club at their new home in the Victor Rees Pavilion. Image: Supplied.

Coral Coast Judo Club will be able to settle into their new home after a Trustee Permit for the club to use the Victor Crees Pavilion until they can find a more permanent location was approved by Council today.

Club Secretary Robert McIntosh said the decision is a win for the club and for the show grounds and follows a long run of negotiations.

The Judo club has been on the search for a new home after the gymnastics club bought the building they have been utilising for about six years.

“They needed to expand and we got smaller and it got to the point we were asked to remove our equipment and because of the different types of floors judo and gymnastics use, it couldn’t have worked us using the same space,” Mr McIntosh said.

“Fortunately, we spoke to the president of the show society on an off chance and the pavilion only gets used for three weeks a year so they have very kindly allowed us to move in there.”

Mr McIntosh said the move will allow the Judo club to expand and will help the Show Society by improving the pavilion as well.

“We are looking to work with them to replace their cabinetry and improve space for both of us,” he said.

“If we can get new equipment that can be rolled away and stored, it will open up the opportunity for us to hold state championships here.

“Everyone to get a win out of this and we are very pleased. “

Mr McIntosh also thanked the Douglas Shire Council for assistance and for providing the permit to use the space in the pavilion. 

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the pavilion would suit the club’s needs.

“The permit gives security of tenure to the club and its large group of members as they search for a more permanent location,” she said.

“It is exciting to have a local sports club fill that vacant pavilion with a healthy sporting program that continues to grow its membership numbers.

“Council is proud to help our local sporting organisations and provide opportunities for clubs to prosper.”

The trustee permit will be active for 12 months and rent will be waived.

The club is required to vacate the pavilion two weeks before the Mossman Show to allow for stall preparations.

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