Aeschylus “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.”

‘The Bower Tree’ is a community club in the heart of Sippy Downs on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Officially opening the doors on 3rd April 2023 this bold architectural landmark has become the preeminent venue in the area, a benchmark for others to aspire to.

The club is one of three licensed venues under the banner of Boldbridge Group Ltd who also operate the Nambour RSL Club, a long-established and historic cornerstone of the Nambour and hinterland community and Vine Wine Bar, a trendy Wine Bar, located on a prominent corner of the Bower Tree building.

The ‘seed’ that was planted was an idea for a new community club on a greenfield site, put forward in 2016, by General Manager Suzanne Long, at the then RSL Services & Citizens Club Nambour Inc.’s strategic planning session involving board members and senior management. Presentations from a panel of industry experts and consultants including futurists, demographers, industry leaders and innovators proved persuasive and the attendees embraced this exciting and ambitious vision for the future.

The path was set and many wheels were put into motion. Intensive investigations were undertaken to find the ultimate location for this exciting project. The emerging town centre Sippy Downs was identified and in May 2017 the purchase of 5 acres at 83 Sippy Downs Drive was completed.

2018 saw an incredible flurry of activity. The organization changed structure, changing from an Incorporated Association to a Company -Boldbridge Group Ltd was born. Consultants were hired, a development application was lodged to subdivide the land into 3 lots, architect plans were drawn and a development application lodged with Council for a new community club to be built, applications were lodged with OLGR for liquor and gaming licences and branding workshops held to find an identity for this new contemporary, stylish, and inviting place to gather.

From the Oxford Dictionary – bower1 noun ‘a pleasant shady place’. The Bower Tree was conceived. All was set and the estimated completion date was to be by the end of 2020.

Australia reported its first cases of COVID-19 in January 2020, life changed, plans were put on hold. The turning point came in November 2021 when a construction contract was signed and a ceremony was held on site to mark this milestone.

Over the course of 2022 this incredible venue took shape, the dream came to life and the seed finally became ‘The Bower Tree’. Opening in April 2023, the club was warmly embraced by the people of Sippy Downs and surrounding areas and is now a vibrant meeting place for the community to enjoy.