Bowl­ing club faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era and Re­becca Par­ish

The fu­ture of the Tom Price Bowl­ing Club is in doubt as fi­nan­cial prob­lems and a drop in mem­ber num­bers take their toll.

Club pres­i­dent Chris Dry­land said while the club had “huge” po­ten­tial and good­will in the town, it was strug­gling from a lack of ac­tive com­mu­nity sup­port and hadn’t enough paid mem­bers.

“There are prob­a­bly only 12 paid mem­bers and they are the 12 com­mit­tee mem­bers,” he said.

“On the books be­fore clos­ing we had about 60 odd mem­bers.

“When cor­po­rate bowls was up and run­ning we had about 16 teams.”

The club AGM a few months ago was only at­tended by Mr Dry­land and the vice-pres­i­dent, and he said more peo­ple needed to pitch in for the club to be able to keep run­ning.”

“I’m at the end of my tether,” he said. “If I don’t get peo­ple turn up I’ll start the process to fold the club.” “The Shire don’t want that. “There is no one there that wants that.”

Ma­jor re­pair work has also played a role.

The cor­po­rate bowls com­pe­ti­tion shut down late last year for re­pairs that were sup­posed to take four to eight weeks but took five months.

The club lost money in the mean­time and Mr Dry­land said it had not been reium­bursed.

The club is not the only bowls club in the Pil­bara strug­gling for sur­vival.

In June, South Hed­land Bowl­ing and Ten­nis Club pres­i­dent Mark Wain­wright said the club would likely have to close af­ter the an­nual Boon­darie Bowls Car­ni­val be­cause of fi­nan­cial hard­ship, in­clud­ing out­stand­ing loan and re­pair re­pay­ments.

Port Hed­land Bowls Club is also suf­fer­ing from a lack of mem­bers.

Mr Dry­land said with var­i­ous is­sues still pend­ing at the club, in­clud­ing an un­paid liquor li­cense, and few peo­ple to do it, its fu­ture looked dire. Tom Price res­i­dents in­ter­ested in help­ing the club can at­tend the AGM on Satur­day, July 23 at 10am.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.