Lismore Heights bowlo given three months to save itself

THE Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club will have three months to explore the de-amalgamation process while retaining access to their greens and basic clubhouse facilities.

Lismore Workers Club's board and Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club's committee revealed the stay of execution during a public meeting last night which was attended by almost 300 people.

Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club president Kel Lavis said the club will definitely be pursuing de-amalgamation and believes that while it will be a struggle, they can do it.

When the club shuts its doors on Sunday, the licenses for service of alcohol and gambling will cease meaning the bar will close and pokies and other gaming will cease but the bowling club will still be able to use the greens and clubhouse for their normal activities.

Lismore Workers Club president Richard Mackney said greens upkeep will be continued by the Lismore Workers Club and fixed costs will be met during the three month period. Other ongoing costs, for things like waste removal and cleaning, were yet to be resolved.

While no alcohol will be able to be sold on premises, those playing bowls will be able to bring their own food, drink and alcohol to consume on site, and will still be able to use the outdoor BBQ.

Lennox Head Bowling Club president Pip Carter, who has seen his own club go through the de-amalgamation process, was on hand at last night's meeting to share advice and talk the crowd through the technical side of the process.

One desire voiced by all who spoke was for those who want the club to stay open to rally together and work hard to make it happen.



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