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Leo the Lion’s roaring birthday bash

    August 10, 2022    3 min read   
Megan Woolley reporting

“Leo” the Lion, the iconic mascot of The Lion Richlands club hotel and Lions FC soccer, paid special visit to the venue to celebrate his birthday on Wednesday, August 10 – which also happens to be World Lion Day.

Children’s faces lit up as Leo made his way around the busy restaurant, handing out lollipops and putting smiles on families faces.

Lion Richlands marketing manager Kerri Ashbrooke said the visit from Leo was a hit with patrons, and was followed by a riveting interactive African drumming show.

Image: Megan Woolley.

“It is ironic that the finalisation of our major renovations back in 2017 align with International Lion Day, and we have since launched our mascot Leo,” she said.

“This year we are lucky enough to have it fall on the public holiday, so it created the perfect opportunity to celebrate.

“The club is very proud and passionate about our 65 year history, why not celebrate it.”

The renovations included the expansion of the restaurant, a dedicated sports bar as well as the expansion of their gaming room.

“Our restaurant went from being the typical club bistro to table service and is now a sort after destination for dining,” she said.

The restaurant was so popular that the club expanded it a second time in 2021.

The same year they added a lounge area which has become popular for those wanting to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the entertainment during the weekends.

“We do still get people coming into the club that haven’t been here since pre-renovations that are amazed with the changes,” she said.

Since the renovations the club has expanded their staff numbers from 180 to 250.

“Supporting and creating employment in our local community is important,” she said.

“This year the club was honoured and proud to have received The Clubs Qld Club of the Year Award as well as Football Club of the Year award.

“Quite honestly it doesn’t feel like it has been five years. I guess there have been so many interruptions with COVID.”

Kerri said that the support of members, guests and the community is always at the forefront of their planning for future events and developments.

“Without them we wouldn’t have a future,” she said.

“There are some exciting things on the horizon, but all I can say for now is ‘watch this space’.”

The Lion Richlands is located at 133 Pine Road, Richlands, just 15 minutes north of Springfield Central. For all enquiries email info@thelion.net.au or call 3271 3636.