IT has taken 18 months but the Goodna RSL Services Club is finally open again.
A year and a half after the popular community club was destroyed by flooding in early January 2011, hundreds of locals turned out yesterday for their first glimpse of the reborn institution.
Having operated the club from a makeshift premises across the road from its Brisbane Tce headquarters for the long months after the disaster, honorary president David Christie said the rebuild had been a painstaking labour of love.
"It's been a hard slog. The management team and the landlord and the staff, members of the public have all helped and it's had a big impact on the club," he said.
"It's a place where everybody can celebrate and the people who have been flooded can come and catch up.
"Some people are still struggling but we're getting there."
A club member since 1980, retired Defence Force public servant Ray Lowth yesterday enjoyed his first beer with mates back at his "second home".
"It's just a community hub because everyone comes here and everyone knows it," Mr Lowth said.
"It means a lot to everybody having it here because we've all been through so much."
Former army serviceman and member for six years Dom Mitchell, said he was delighted the refurbished club was back in action.
"I've just come back to have a look because it's been a while coming," he said.
"It's been a big thing for the community, to move on."
"Congratulations to President David Christie, his Committee and staff on this milestone in the Club's history." - PaulGTully@gmail.com