MEMBERS of the Mossman Memorial Bowls Club will vote on whether to progress with the final stage of the clubhouse redevelopment and the construction of a roof over the bowling green on Saturday.
General manager Kevin Rynne said that it was time for the club and its members to make one of the biggest decisions in the club’s long history.
In a letter to members, he suggested the two major projects could be done simultaneously which would require the club going into debt.
“For some time the issue of a solid roof over the green has been ’in the air’, however, at the same time members have expressed interest in the final stage of the clubhouse redevelopment,” Mr Rynne said.
“The management committee’s concern was, ’Should it be the roof first or the clubhouse’?
“After much deliberation the committee feels it is financially achievable for both projects to proceed.
“It will mean placing the club in debt and this is something that the committee has approached cautiously.”
Full plans and the costs of all types of roofs researched will be displayed at the club to allow the members to make an informed decision as well as the clubhouse design.
The clubhouse construction is more straightforward with the new area being home to a new gaming room, much-needed expanded bar stock storage area, office space and document storage, a kids’ room, new toilets and a new entranceway to the club with an undercover drive through pick-up and drop- off area.
“The committee has researched both of these structures in detail and will be recommending that one builder oversee both projects due to the potential cost savings and efficiencies of having a fully co- ordinated building program,” Mr Rynne said.
“We ask all members to attend this meeting and I believe we can make decisions that all members can look forward to and more importantly decisions that all members will support.”
The club was built more than 50 years ago with a humble beginning with a small group of committed people working hard to get a club for their chosen sport in the Douglas Shire.
Initially, the club operated in tandem with the RSL Club with a grass green laid behind the RSL Club. After many years of growing popularity in the Mossman area this allowed the bowlers to build their own premises in the car park of the RSL’s property. The bowlers eventually bought the entire facility from the RSL and moved from the car park and renovated the club house.
The bowling greens were then improved by installing small shade covers and seating around the green, but the biggest improvement came with the laying of a synthetic surface for the bowling green.
The general meeting of the Mossman Memorial Bowls Club will be held at the club’s function hall on Saturday at 9.30am.