Inglewood Bowling Club faces having to close its doors in a year
THE Inglewood Bowling Club is more than just a green for it’s members. It is their home away from home.
However, with limited funds available the club is facing the prospect of closing its doors for good.
There are two bowls clubs in the City of Stirling, and including neighbouring local governments there are four within a 2km radius.
The Inglewood is in need of tens of thousands of dollars worth of repairs — money the council does not want to fork out, and funds the club can not afford.
“Some of our bowls clubs were having declining membership and probably lacking sustainability,” said City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin.
“So at the request of a lot of the clubs approaching the city for more assistance, we actually had an independent review of all of our bowls clubs.”
President Bob Hansson said some members had been involved at the club for 30 to 40 years, if not longer.
He said the club was struggling for finances, similar to other clubs.
“They (members) treat it like a family. They love each other,” Mr Hansson said.
Mr Irwin said the city would continue to work closely with the club to ensure the members were looked after and could “carry on bowling as they enjoy it”.
“That may include also helping to subsidise their membership fees at other clubs,” he said.
“This is certainly no way a reflection of the board or the committee or the members at this club. They've worked really hard to try ensure their sustainability.”
Mr Hanson said he would like the council to have a heart to not deal just in numbers and dollars but to have a “sense of community”.
“Practice basically what everyone preaches about. Acting belonging and committing to clubs,” he said.