The Bangalow Bowling Club.
The Bangalow Bowling Club. Marc Stapelberg

Investors nibbling at Bangalow bowlo

BANGALOW Bowling Club has had a boost in memberships is already getting interest from a national campaign calling for investors, the club's chairman Tony Hart has said.

The Northern Star last week reported the club, which is unable to access credit from banks because of its financial difficulties, launched the campaign in a bid to find people prepared to invest in the club and professional managers to help develop its business model.

Today, Mr Hart said the campaign had already generated "strong inquiries" from potential business partners.

At the same time the club's membership had reached 550, which Mr Hart said he believed was a record level.

"The Bowlo took some real financial hits in late 2011-12, and I think it's fair to say that the support of the community - including the broader Byron Shire - started to wane," he said.

"Such things happen. A café, pub, club, whatever, can just lose its mojo, and people drift away.

"But since then we've got an enthusiastic new board of locals, an inspiring and service focused manager, Luke Wilson, some great entertainment booked and a commitment to making the club more family friendly."

Mr Hart said the club's board had this week approved new strategies to continue the bowlo's resurgence.

Among the new strategies were were offering $10 lunches each Wednesday to Saturday, the development of a weekly "theme" dinner, the return of the members' draw and more raffles.

The bowlo's was also boosting its musical offerings, attracting Lisa Hunt - who had sung with Eric Clapton, James Brown, Ray Charles, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Tina Arena, and Midnight Oil - to play at the club on March 1. It was also hosting ukelele band practices on Wednesdays and tango nights on Thursdays and offering patrons flexible hours to cater for events.

The club came close to closing last year but was saved by a strong surge of community support.



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