Byron Bay club?s plans will snooker its players
By WILL JACKSON
TONY REA was in a grim mood yesterday.
And it wasn't just because he got knocked out of the Far North Coast Snooker Association's Agrade championships at Byron Bay Services Club at the weekend.
He was disgusted by the decision of the club's directors to renovate the games room and turn it into a functions centre.
The decision means Tony, of Casino, will never get a chance to win the championships at Byron Bay ever again.
"It's just not on as far as I'm concerned," he said.
After the renovations there will be nowhere to play snooker in Byron Bay at all.
Mr Rea argued there was room enough for the functions centre and the snooker tables.
He said that with several other Northern Rivers clubs also renovating it meant places to play snooker were few and far between.
Byron Bay Snooker Club vice-president Chris Taylor said the tables would be sorely missed.
There were about 20 players who used the tables on a weekly basis, plus many more who used them occasionally, Mr Taylor said.
"Snooker is the last free recreational activity in the club," he said.
Tony said everyone in Byron, and anyone who enjoyed snooker, should get behind the club.
"They could write letters to the club management, the mayor Jan Barham, even Don Page," he said.
"People really need to voice their opinion about this."