Rainbow Beach rallies to save Rainbow Shores Golf Course
THE Rainbow Beach community will rally on Monday to save the Rainbow Shores Golf Course.
A public meeting will be held at the Rainbow Shores Golf Club from 10am, hosted by a committee of concerned business owners and residents.
Though the closure will impact property values, resident and former golf member Laurie Bernard said there would be a much broader impact within the community, especially in terms of recreation and tourism.
He said the course was a space for all ages, and especially beneficial for retirees.
If the course doesn't re-open, residents will have to travel 70km to Tin Can Bay Golf Course or 150km to Gunabul Homestead in Gympie.
"This (golf course) has become a community thing, down here. The permanent population are retirees so they want something they can do," he said.
"We're hoping the government will show interest and local residents are happy to help with the course."
The facility opened 15 years ago, managed by BreakFree Mantra for many years before being taken over by a smaller firm.
The gates were shut in June, during the 2014 golf club championships.
Rainbow Shores Resort's lease for the golf course ended yesterday, when it was handed back to the Department of Natural Resources.
Mr Bernard and committee members hope the lease can be passed on to Gympie Regional Council.
"We're looking to do a deal... maybe we can do the maintenance (if council take over the lease)," Mr Bernard said.
Rainbow Beach Foodworks owner Ruth Modin said after the closure was announced, she had spoken with many "devastated residents".
She said the course, which had been open for 15 years, provided a space to keep more elderly residents active, healthy and social. "When money is put into a facility, it's a crying shame to let it go... the government should look at it," she said.