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Francesca Mcmackin - 7th Feb 2018 5:00 AM

LESS than nine months ago the Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Club was homeless, its facility a burnt-out husk of steel.

Now the club is poised to move back into an expanded $2.5 million centre, and has its sights set on doubling membership.

The Buderim facility on Wises Rd had to be completely rebuilt after it was destroyed in an inferno in May last year, and project coordinator Brent Hall said the construction would be complete in the coming weeks.

"They are doing the finishing touches... we will be fully operational here by the end of February,” he said.

The size of the new build is significantly larger than the old facility, with a cafe, three additional bays and a second training floor.

"We want to go from 1000 to 2000 members over the next few years, so the size is the major component in that,” Mr Hall said.

Another new addition is the extra stadium seating in an upstairs viewing area.

"A lot of the indoor sporting facilities around here don't have that,” Mr Hall said.

"We've still got probably $200,000 of equipment we're going to now have to fundraise over the next year or two,” Mr Dwan said.

The club hopes to further its expansion by becoming a training destination for coaches and judges, with the committee now in talks with the state gymnastics body.

"That's predominantly been in Brisbane, and there's no reason we can't run those education sessions and weekends, workshops in our facility,” Mr Dwan said.

He said the club couldn't have bounced back so fast without the hard work of parents, club volunteers and the committee.

"It's absolutely amazing.”

While current members will start training at the new facility by the end of the month, the club will host a formal opening ahead of the term two admissions in April.

Link: https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/club-poised-for-big-return-with-25m-centre-after-i/3328452/#/0

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