A MUCH NEEDED FACELIFT: The Pavilion upgrade underway at the Gympie Showgrounds.
A MUCH NEEDED FACELIFT: The Pavilion upgrade underway at the Gympie Showgrounds. Renee Albrecht

Gympie's Pavilion facelift on schedule

GYMPIE'S beloved Pavilion is undergoing a $1.1 million transformation and is on budget and on schedule for a mid-April completion.

The renovation, which began in early January, includes the installation of a compliant passenger lift, redevelopment of the Apex restaurant and of the Smith, Bishop and Madill Rooms.

Half of the $1.1 million project has been funded by the Federal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund.

The Pavilion is a key venue for the Gympie community and accommodates a variety of sporting interests including basketball, volleyball and badminton.

The entire complex can cater for social events up to around 1500 people.

The planned renovations will take the restaurant and bar capacity up to around 150 people.

Pavilion upgrade underway at the Show grounds in Gympie.
OUT WITH THE OLD: The Pavilion will feature a more modern, updated interior. Renee Albrecht

A council spokeswoman said the primary reason for the refurbishment is to enable people of all abilities to have easy access throughout the site.

"The floors were previously different heights, making it difficult for community members in wheelchairs,” the spokeswoman said.

"It will now be one level floor and accessible to all people with varying abilities.”

Local Painter Phil Grills working on the Pavilion upgrade underway at the Show grounds in Gympie.
THE LITTLE THINGS: Local Painter Phil Grills working on The Pavilion upgrade. Renee Albrecht

It is the first major renovation the building has undergone since its construction.

The Pavilion as we know it today is far removed from the original, which was around 100 years old - a relic from the mining boom of Gympie's past.

According to historical records, the old pavilion was torn down in the early 1990s by the then Cooloola Shire Council to make way for the current building at a cost of around $3.5 million.

A donation fund was set up to help pay for the rebuild, with over $1 million of the grand total coming from Gympie residents and the wider public.

The complex was officially opened on June 15th, 1996, by Premier Bob Borbridge.

Pavilion upgrade underway at the Show grounds in Gympie.
ADDING TO HISTORY: New features are being added to The Pavilion, including a passenger lift. Renee Albrecht

The spokeswoman said the site redesign will create a more modern style for the venue, which will make it well suited to cater for large functions such as weddings, gala dinners and race day functions.

"It will also make the Pavilion a contemporary functions venue space for small community group meetings through to large formal functions.

”It will be a much more usable space for the Show Society and other community groups,” the spokeswoman said.

Pavilion upgrade underway at the Show grounds in Gympie Zac Munster.
UPGRADE: Zac Munster working on The Pavilion's new look. Renee Albrecht