Lismore Heights Bowlo votes to split from Workers Club

Lismore Heights Sport Recreational and Community Club committee member Bob Swords and Elaine Fowler celebrate with club president Kel Lavis after the club was able to continue operating in Lismore Heights.
Lismore Heights Sport Recreational and Community Club committee member Bob Swords and Elaine Fowler celebrate with club president Kel Lavis after the club was able to continue operating in Lismore Heights. Marc Stapelberg

THE Lismore Heights Bowling Club will be de-amalgamated from Lismore Workers Club after members voted unanimously to approve the split and forge ahead as a new company.

Members are hopeful the Lismore Heights Sport, Recreation and Community Club, as it will know be known, could be open by November.

Club secretary Bob Swords said the Lismore Workers Club elected to close Lismore Heights Bowling Club in June 2013, but offered the bowling club to run the premises if there was enough interest.

"We had no choice but to accept the club's decision to close the club in June 2013, because the Workers Club found it not financially viable," he said.

A public meeting was then held where members voted to reopen the club, Mr Swords said, then the Lismore Heights Sport, Recreation and Community Club was registered as a company late last year.

Yesterday, in three 30-minute meetings the Lismore Workers Club members voted unanimously to authorise the de-amalgamation, before the Lismore Heights Bowling Club members voted unanimously to accept the de-amalgamation.

In the final ballot, members of the Lismore Heights Sport, Recreation and Community Club unanimously voted to accept the de-amalgamation

Mr Swords said now the club had to get the lease transferred by the Department of Lands and the liquor and gaming licences transferred by the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing.

"We are hopeful of opening as a fully functioning licensed bowling and community club by November," he said.

Mr Swords said once open, the club will be looking to cut expenses to remain financially viable.

To support the lease and licence transfers, Mr Swords said the club was looking for more members.

"We need to double our membership quickly to support the applications for the transfer of the lease and the licences."

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