Andamooka Yacht Club official opening
Some four months after being selected as the inaugural South Australian northern region grant recipient of the Beyond Bank Community Entrepreneur Program, the Andamooka Yacht Club (AYC) is officially open for business.
AYC was unveiled as the winning northern region, SA applicant in the first round of the program at an awards ceremony and networking event held in Whyalla on Monday, 20 April 2015.
The brainchild of 25-year-olds Kurt Jury and Matilda Moylan-Blaikie, the resultant four months of hard toil where their premises had to be completely gutted, re-renovated, re-wired, new plumbing installed and tastefully re-painted never left them questioning their decision.
The outstanding support of the close knit community and friends ensured the dream has become a reality.
Member for Giles Mr Eddie Hughes cut the ribbon in front of a large crowd on Saturday the 29th August 2015.
Andamooka Yacht Club, so named as an ironic play on the town’s outback location, houses a café, gallery and tourist information. AYC has been designed as a community social centre, a drawcard for visitors to the region, and a promoter of local craftsmen.
They intend to honour the region’s opal mining history and industry by connecting miners with buyers in other cities and displaying and selling opal jewellery made by local artisans.
Beyond Bank Roxby Downs branch manager Gareth Toms was quoted as saying “It is great to see the funding and support provided through our Community Entrepreneur Program come to fruition and we wish mine hosts Matilda and Kurt all the best in achieving their dreams for the Yacht Club and the local community.”