IT'S the light at the end of the tunnel that Goodna RSL manager Deb Colbert has been longing to see.
When the venue was destroyed in the Queensland floods, work immediately began to restore the building to its former glory.
Now - after 18 months - the long road to recovery is finally at an end and Goodna residents could not be more pleased.
As the days draw closer to the Goodna RSL's official reopening, Ms Colbert said the community was buzzing with excitement.
"We've received a lot of comments from the public via our web page and Facebook saying how fantastic it's looking and that they can't wait for it to open," she said.
"Every aspect of the venue has been enhanced. It's bigger, it's brighter and it's fresher."
Among the list of improvements made to the Goodna RSL is its new entertainment design.
"We now have two stages instead of one, with the main stage now large enough to support fully fledged bands and dynamic tribute shows," Ms Colbert said. "And our new dining area will celebrate the return of the RSL's supremo menu which has always been a big hit with guests."
But what Ms Colbert said she looked forward to the most was being able to give back to the community that helped them through the tough time.
"During the flood recovery process, the RSL has found itself on the end of charity, but now we're eager to return that support," she said.
"The RSL managed to keep some of its community support programs going during the rebuild, but the more settled we become the more we give back."
The Goodna RSL will officially reopen on July 5, with a weekend of celebrations planned for July 7 and 8.
- Chris Owen