Bowling club faces an uncertain future
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.