Gremlins grant buys chip fryer
NOBODY likes grease but that's what the volunteers who ran the Stanthorpe Gremlins Rugby League Football Club canteen had to contend with as they cooked up the ever-popular hot chips.
Windows were opened but the four small fryers still managed to leave a good amount of residue on the walls and surrounding benches, making a nasty clean-up job for the helpers.
That's all over, thanks to a community grant from the Southern Downs Regional Council that the club used to buy a $6000 commercial fryer and extraction system.
Gremlins club president Lindsay Adams said the club was very appreciative of the grant.
"It will make it a lot easier for our canteen staff,” he said.
"This machine will be able to smash out the chips much faster.”
The club has progressively upgraded the canteen with features designed to make it both safer and more efficient for kitchen workers.
Steel preparation areas and easy-clean seamless flooring have already been installed but, due to the expense, the deep fryer had to wait.
Previous grants have gone to facilities such as an announcer's box, international standard lights and proper NRL goal posts, leading the club to 'be pretty proud of our venue'.
But it's the canteen that keeps it all going by providing the cash to pay the bills.
"It's our main source of income,” said Lindsay.
"It's the cash cow by far”.