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Wine boss buying into Ipswich sport and entertainment

PROUD PART-OWNER: Terry Morris is happy he has bought a share of the Ipswich Golf Club.
PROUD PART-OWNER: Terry Morris is happy he has bought a share of the Ipswich Golf Club. Contributed

NO surprises what kind of drinks will be flowing at the 19th hole at Ipswich Golf club from now on.

Sirromet Wines owner Terry Morris has expanded his business interests in Ipswich by buying a share of the Ipswich Golf Club.

That includes a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Wayne Grady and clubhouse with pro shop, bar, bistro, commercial kitchen, 58 poker machines and a function room for 120.

It will also allow for cross-promotions with his other businesses, Mr Morris said.

"Sirromet's red, white, and sparkling wines will be served in the bar and bistro, and at functions, so this is a win-win for us," he said.

Mr Morris is chairman of Gold Coast-based Morris International, whose interests include the Sirromet winery at Mount Cotton and its Granite Belt vineyards, Carrara Markets, the Driving Centre near Yatala, mail order and printing businesses and property.

He bought the golf club in partnership with Ipswich man Dean Merrell, the chief executive of Morris International.

Since mid-2011 they have also bought eight hotels and taverns in Queensland, managed under the Good Times Pub Group banner.

They own three hotels in the Ipswich area - the Tarampa Hotel, Lowood, the Dugandan Hotel and the Australian Hotel in Boonah.

Last November, Sirromet Wines became the Ipswich Turf Club's exclusive wine partner under a five-year agreement.

Sirromet Winery is the exclusive wine supplier at all race days at Ipswich racetrack; only Sirromet Wines can be bought in bars and corporate areas.

Mr Morris said the initial aim of his first foray into golf club ownership was to resurrect the Ipswich club's operations after it was placed in receivership last June. The club was temporarily closed and then reopened and administered by receiver BDO on behalf of the Bank of Queensland.

"I think this is a wonderful opportunity to consolidate and then develop the club into a viable business that the people of Ipswich and visitors can enjoy," he said.

"The club has been though some tough times, but we are confident we can get memberships and everything else back up to the levels of the mid-2000s.

"Dean and I are keen golfers and the sport is flying right now in terms of participation growth, kicked along by the likes of Adam Scott winning the US Masters."

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