Vol­un­teers needed to run club

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By So­phie Burge

Vol­un­teers are needed to en­sure the Ber­ri­gan Com­mu­nity Golf & Bowls Club re­mains open in the New Year.

The fu­ture of the club, which has de­cided to op­er­ate as a com­mu­nity club, was in limbo fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion made in Au­gust by Ba­rooga Spor­ties to with­draw from run­ning it.

Mem­bers of the Ber­ri­gan Ad­vi­sory Group, which has op­er­ated un­der the Spor­ties ban­ner to help run the club, met with Ba­rooga Spor­ties rep­re­sen­ta­tives last Wed­nes­day.

It was de­cided that af­ter Jan­uary 28, the gen­eral club­house, golf course and bowl­ing greens will need to be run solely by vol­un­teers.

The club will con­tinue un­der the guid­ance of the Ba­rooga Sports Club un­til such time as the liquor li­cence and other le­gal­i­ties of the de-amal­ga­ma­tion are fi­nalised.

An Ad­vi­sory Group spokesper­son said they are seek­ing a range of vol­un­teers but that a to­tal num­ber of how many are re­quired is still un­clear.

‘‘We’ll need peo­ple with their Re­spon­si­ble Serv­ing of Al­co­hol and Re­spon­si­ble Con­duct of Gam­bling competency cards to do train­ing with Ba­rooga Sports Club staff in the Ber­ri­gan Club,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘We also need clean­ers, peo­ple to look af­ter greens and many more. We won’t sur­vive if we don’t get as­sis­tance, it’s as sim­ple as that.

‘‘Peo­ple have in­di­cated they will help but now it’s crunch time.

‘‘Nearby clubs like Fin­ley and Jer­ilderie golf clubs are run by the com­mu­nity and we are con­fi­dent we will be able to, it’s just a mat­ter of peo­ple com­ing for­ward.’’

Mean­while, the club’s so­cial mem­bers are en­cour­aged to con­tinue their mem­ber­ship with the Spor­ties as it will be recog­nised with the Ber­ri­gan Club.

It was an eight year ex­per­i­ment to have the Ber­ri­gan fa­cil­ity op­er­ate un­der Spor­ties con­trol.

The Spor­ties de­ci­sion fol­lows its Group loss of $1.6 mil­lion last year and a sub­se­quent de­ci­sion not to sup­port un­prof­itable busi­nesses.

When the Ber­ri­gan Golf Club fell on hard times in the early 2000s, the Ba­rooga Spor­ties Group bought the prop­erty, say­ing at the time it had done so to en­sure it was able to stay open. It then com­pleted ma­jor in­ter­nal re­fur­bish­ments.

Ber­ri­gan Golf and Bowls Club amal­ga­mated with the Ba­rooga Spor­ties Group in 2008.

To reg­is­ter as a vol­un­teer con­tact the club, or al­ter­na­tively see Stephen Mal­colm or Jan­ice Gra­ham.

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