‘For sale’ sign up at bowl­ing club

Great Southern Herald - - News - Ben O’Shea

As well as be­ing WA’s rich­est per­son, Gina Rine­hart must be close to hav­ing the most land­hold­ings, with a re­port last year es­ti­mat­ing her real es­tate port­fo­lio cov­ers a stag­ger­ing 1.5 per cent of Aus­tralia’s to­tal land area.

Well, Gina, if you’re read­ing this, we’ve found your next great real es­tate in­vest­ment — Tam­bellup Bowl­ing Club.

Es­tab­lished in 1933, the bowls club is sit­u­ated in the heart of bustling Tam­bellup, less than four hours south of Perth along Great South­ern High­way.

This slice of WA his­tory has been put up for sale by the lo­cal lawn bowls club be­cause it is mov­ing to new digs at the newly built sports precinct in town, paid for with Roy­al­ties for Re­gions money.

Ac­cord­ing to the VNW In­de­pen­dent web­site, the bowls club sits on a mas­sive 4214sqm lot and in­cludes a lovely old club­house, which fea­tures a “well-equipped kitchen, a large air-con­di­tioned func­tion area ... a lengthy bar, stor­age room, sec­re­tary’s room, two chang­ing rooms with shower and toi­lets and a ve­randa”. It’d make the ideal lo­ca­tion for the next Han­cock Prospect­ing team build­ing week­end.

That would suit Tam­bellup Bowl­ing Club vice-pres­i­dent Peter Sheri­dan, who is happy for a prospec­tive buyer to do any­thing with the land but start a ri­val bowls club.

“That would be con­tentious,” he said. Sheri­dan said it was an “emo­tional de­ci­sion” to leave the old club but the up­keep of grass greens com­pared with easy-care syn­thetic greens at the new fa­cil­ity was a big fac­tor.

He said he had no idea what the bowls club was worth but thought it might at­tract of­fers be­tween $20,000 and $60,000.

Tam­bellup Bowl­ing Club is up for sale.

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