A ‘Rocking’ Start for Rocky Leagues

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From humble beginnings, to one of Queensland’s leading Clubs providing contemporary spaces for locals to support Rockhampton Rugby League, the Club has once again embarked on a new stage of renovations in the venue.

CEO Dany Finch’s targeted renovation strategy involves making improvements to the facilities every few years, keeping the club agile, and ensuring patrons always have something new to look forward to – even if their local footy team doesn’t win!

Jessica Hersch, from Liife Architecture, has worked closely with Rocky Leagues Club for almost a decade having previously designed the Club’s Reception, Bistro, Beer Garden, and Sports Bar. Jessica’s in-depth understanding of the Club’s strategic vision ensured she was well placed to deliver on the brief to reinvigorate the untouched areas in the venue, including: the Gaming Lounge, Function Rooms, Amenities, and enclose the two low-utilisation decks overlooking Browne Park field.

“With the stadium already under construction, my goal was to take advantage of the location of the Club, ensuring it remains a vibrant and welcoming space for years to come”,
Jessica Hersch
Architect | Designer

This major upgrade to the venue is being managed by Paynters, who have built a strong reputation for innovation and collaboration, delivering several high-profile design and construction solutions in the industry.
The design intent of the enclosed decks was simplicity, highlighting the stunning views of the footy field and surrounding area. As these rooms are available for event hire, the team avoided dominant built-in furniture and strong colours to maintain multifunctionality.

The new corridor that links the decks was cleverly designed to break the length down with imagery and portals of colour and art to create an engaging passageway.

“Designing the gaming room was a delight. We incorporated solid gaming room design principles, such as lowering the ceiling to a more comfortable height and using the ceiling and higher portions of the wall as a dynamic fifth wall with feature wallpaper” said Jessica, the Architect on the project.


A new in-room bar offers snacks and drinks when the rest of the Club is closed.

With a renovation at the club to be completed in 2024, supplementary to a $50m commitment by the Queensland Government to develop the stadium at Browne Park, it’s going to be an exciting and busy time for this strong regional community Club.

If you have  exciting plans coming up or in the works for your Club that you would like to share with the Pubs and Clubs community, please email us at to share your story!

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