Forced to walk

Childers Apex Club set fold af­ter 60 years:

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD Leah.Kidd@news-mail.com.au

AF­TER more than 60 years of ser­vice, the Apex club of Childers may be forced to fold.

Childers Apex Club pres­i­dent Tim Turner said the club had been strug­gling with low mem­ber­ship for some time and couldn’t con­tinue to cope fi­nan­cially.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing but you come to a time when you re­alise that fi­nan­cially and phys­i­cally, we’re just push­ing our­selves too

Tim Turner

It’s dis­ap­point­ing but you come to a time when you re­alise ... it just be­comes too hard.

much, it just be­comes too hard,” Mr Turner said.

He said the only saviour for the club would be more mem­bers com­ing on­board, with num­bers sit­ting at just five.

“All the guys in it have all got young fam­i­lies and they’re find­ing it hard to try and spend time with their fam­i­lies and run their businesses,” he said.

“The rest of us are left be­hind and we’re wear­ing our­selves out.”

The club was started in Childers 60 years ago by luck.

“The guys tried to start a Ro­tary club but couldn’t get onto the Ro­tary, so they started an Apex club in­stead,” Mr Turner said.

He joined the club in 2000 and said it had been very ac­tive in the Childers com­mu­nity.

“We’ve done lots things over the years,” Mr Turner said.

But un­for­tu­nately, he said mod­ern so­ci­ety had be­come too wound up in red tape for the club to be able to just go out and do things like they could back in the day.

“The needs are prob­a­bly still there, but you can’t just go and do it,” he said.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

END OF AN ERA: Apex pres­i­dent Tim Turner would be sad­dened by the clos­ing down of the club af­ter 20 years of ser­vice.

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