Plan to expand bowling club

By DAWN COHEN

BALLINA Shire Council plans to hand over crown land for expansion of the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club.

The council is presenting a plan of management to the Department of Lands, suggesting that land behind the club be made available for its development.

The area of land and the conditions of lease are as yet unclear.

David Brann, secretary manager of the club, said the plans had not been formalised, declining to disclose any details,

"The Department of Lands has to approve, but it is a very exciting prospect for us," he said.

The Croquet Club may move to Hampton Park Reserve.

"We have not de- cided what we will do with it. We have been talking with council about it for some time," said Mr Brann.

While other clubs struggle to maintain membership numbers, the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club has almost doubled from 3600 to 6000 since renovations were completed in 2002.

Nearly 500 members are bowlers.

"Others join for our broad range of social and catering amenities," said Mr Brann.

The cafe and allyou-can-eat buffet are major attractions.



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