JIM'S VIEW: Bowls NSW membership fee furore
BOWLS NSW's hefty capitation fee jump created such a furore that the state body is taking steps to avoid criticism of its grab of the lion's share of club membership fees.
From next year a fixed annual fee will apply to clubs. Instead of paying for each bowler registered with Bowls NSW, clubs will pay a single fee for the year.
This doesn't mean, says the state body, that bowling members won't have to be registered but it will give clubs "greater flexibility to determine their membership categories and fee structure".
Clubs will be notified of the fee they will pay a year in advance and will be able to retain anything they get from their members above that amount.
"There will be a greater incentive to register all bowling members, and the 'social bowling membership' issue with clubs not registering their bowlers to avoid paying fees will become null and void," said CEO Greg Helm in the official journal.
By adopting this measure, Bowls NSW, which long has whinged it was being deprived of income by clubs not registering all their members, has conceded its inability to stop the practice.
With its fixed fee, the state will get its share, no matter how many social bowlers there are.
Its suggestion that this move gives flexibility to clubs to fix their membership fees is as good as telling them to take a bigger dip to ensure they're not left wanting.