Foundations in place for Lennox Head bowlo
PLANS have been stepped up to help mobilise community support and help create a new and improved Lennox Head Bowls and Sports Club.
Supporters have been feverishly working on proposals to salvage the club after it was closed in November for financial reasons.
A letter drop rallying potential new members has been organised as part of the latest efforts, while a fundraising bid will be launched soon to help collect the estimated $200,000 needed to re-open the doors of the bowlo.
Pip Carter, chair of the steering committee established to help re-open the club, said the scheme was moving in the right direction.
"I am confident we can do it," he said.
"Look at it this way. If you are building a house, then we have dug the trenches and we are about to start the building work needed.
"We have solid foundations so we are ready to go."
Plans to save the club were launched after owners Ramsgate RSL announced the closure plans, citing financial losses.
The Sydney-based company then gave supporters six months to compile a viable business plan for the bowlo.
Public meetings were held to discuss fundraising plans, while players were also given permission to participate at Ballina's Cherry Street club.
Carter said it could take about $200,000 to cover legal, licensing and other fees involved with re-establishing the club.
About 1500 letters will be sent around the community urging people to support the potential new club and help attract new members.
A community meeting, which will outline further plans, has been scheduled for Thursday, January 10, starting at 5.30pm.
Carter said it was hoped the re-opened club, which would still be based at the club's Stewart Street base, would become a community hub.
Other sports teams would be invited to base themselves there and have a say in its operations.
Carter was unwilling to commit to a possible time frame, but said there was a real will to get the club open and running again.
"It will be hard, but I believe we will get the club up and running," he said.
"We have a lot of people pushing for this.
"The club has been profitable in the past and I believe it can be so again.
"If you think about what we have done already in six weeks, then we have made great progress.
"I have told people that it is going to be a long slog, but we can do it."