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Next week, the Tooheys New Crew will be in Tweed Heads to finish off the new Tweed Heads Seagulls community clubhouse, for Australia’s oldest registered provincial club. The Tooheys New Crew, led by Paul ‘The Chief’ Harragon, is a team of skilled professional tradies working with NSW communities to complete local building projects.

The Crew is calling for locals over the age of 18 to come down to the Piggabeen Sports complex on Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10 to help finish the renovations in time for Sunday’s benefit match for the Tweed Hospital Children’s Ward, between the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Norths Devils.

After their chances of playing in the Queensland State League Intrust Super Cup was put at risk because of their poor clubhouse facilities, the Tweed Heads Seagulls called on the Crew to build their organisation a good quality clubhouse and provide all members of the local community with a modern function venue to use.

The extensive project will see a new clubhouse built from scratch. It will feature a new function room, storage area, modern canteen and an undercover area to ensure year-round spectator viewing.
‘The Chief’ says the Tweed Heads Seagulls RLFC won’t be the only ones to gain from the build. ‘The Tooheys New Crew is all about benefiting the entire community and the new facility will also be used by local softball, touch footy and athletic clubs in the area and provide a great function facility for all locals to enjoy.’

Club CEO Terry Keen says he’s looking forward to seeing the finished product. ‘It’s taken more than a year to secure funding and great appreciation must go to the Tooheys New Crew, Tweed Shire Council, NSW state government Community Building Program and the NRL,’ he said. ‘To have the Tooheys New Crew come onboard to manage the build has been an incredible help and our club would be in a bad way if it weren’t for their support,’ said Terry.

Origin legend Bryan Fletcher will be hitting the tools with the Crew on Friday August 8 to assist with renovations. The former Australian International representative, The Chief and Tooheys New Crew will also shout a few refreshments at local pubs that night.*
Locals are also encouraged to join The Chief and the Crew on Sunday 11 August when they officially hand back the completed renovation to the community.

The official handover ceremony will be held at the clubhouse before the televised match between the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Norths Devils.
This will be the 32nd project the Tooheys New Crew has built with NSW communities, with over $2 million invested since its inception in 2010. For more information on the Tooheys New Crew visit www.tooheysnew.com.

*Only those aged 18+ will be permitted on licensed venues during the recruitment and volunteering events, unless supervised by an adult.

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