Construction begins on Club Malua facilities

by Val Febbo

Club Malua, on New South Wales’ southern coast, recently broke ground on its new club facilities, following the destruction caused by the devastating New Year’s bushfires of 2019/20, with the help of BCiB Insurance Brokers.

Sunday, February 28 marked a prosperous new beginning for the club, which hosted a ‘1st Dig’ event, with live music, barefoot bowls and food stalls for those in attendance to celebrate and commemorate the first break of soil on the construction of its new building.

The exciting prospect comes after the club hosted the women’s State Championships, in which BCiB Australian Jackaroo Dawn Hayman saluted in the singles competition.

Cabramatta Bowls Group, who runs the operations of the club, is confident that Malua will be rebuilt better than ever.

Plans are now under way to create a new building with all of the bells and whistles that will make the club one of the must-visit destinations in the region.

All of that culminated on the weekend when construction began, to the delight of club members and volunteers, who have become accustomed to using a state-of-the-art marquee as their clubhouse since the catastrophe.

Cabra Bowls Group CEO Jay Porter said it was pleasing to witness the vision of the rebuild starting to come to life.

“Within days of the fires passing through the township of Malua Bay, we promised we would rebuild; that we would deliver to the community a Clubhouse that was that was bigger and better than before,” Porter said.

“Cabra Bowls Group are committed to delivering not one but two first class facilities; a stunning new venue for the whole community to enjoy, plus a purpose build flagship facility that is built for bowls. 

“It is facility that will cater for high-performance bowlers, as well as nurturing the growing social bowls scene.”

Porter is grateful for the assistance of copious consultants that have assisted in the planning process and helped to bring the project to its current status.

“To undertake such a mammoth project, you need a mammoth team; well over 20 specialist consultants have been involved in getting this project to where it is today,” Porter added.

“Now we have boots on the ground there will be hundreds more trade professionals working their way from the ground up,” he said.

BCiB Managing Director Ian Hopper reinforced the importance of ensuring clubs have adequate insurance cover to protect against unforeseen circumstances.

“The total loss of Club Malua, and Katoomba RSL a few years ago, really demonstrate why it is so important for clubs to have insurance replacement valuations done every few years and the right indemnity period on their business interruption insurance,” Hopper said.

“In both cases, these clubs were fully insured and able to rebuild great new facilities for their communities.”