Bowl­ing club wins re­prieve

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Laura Pond

INGLEWOOD Bowl­ing Club can con­tinue its more than 60-year his­tory af­ter a de­ci­sion to close it was re­versed.

The City of Stir­ling ad­vised the club in July it would no longer fi­nan­cially sup­port it at the Mt Law­ley site.

But coun­cil­lors re­voked the de­ci­sion at the Septem­ber 4 meet­ing, vot­ing to give the club at least three years to op­er­ate.

Club man­ager Ken McCal­lum said that was the best out­come the club could have hoped for.

“When we first told (mem­bers) they were ecstatic,” Mr McCal­lum said.

It was a stark con­trast from “peo­ple cry­ing” when the 80 bowlers and 70 so­cial mem­bers found out the club would fold.

As part of the coun­cil de­ci­sion, fund­ing for build­ing main­te­nance and shade sails and a fur­ther ex­ten­sion to the lease would be con­sid­ered at the mid-year bud­get re­view.

Mr McCal­lum said the shade sails were needed but be­lieved the build­ing did not need re­fur­bish­ment.

He said the club now needed to build it­self back up and was seek­ing spon­sor­ship, as well as new so­cial and bowl­ing mem­bers.

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