No sign of croquet rift healing

THE dispute between the Ballina Croquet Club and the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club is still bubbling along, even after the intervention of a State Government minister.

This time the issue is club signage.

The two clubs have been fighting over the five-year lease of the Crown land the croquet lawns are sited on, which was signed late last year.

The dispute went to the Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, who in April determined the lease was ‘watertight', meaning the Ballina Croquet Club could not regain its independence from the bowling club.

In the meantime, a new croquet club was formed, and both croquet clubs share the lawns in Bentinck Street.

Last week, the Ballina Croquet Club issued a statement to say the club's signage at the Bentinck Street clubhouse had gone ‘walkabout', with claims it had been stolen and the theft reported to police.

Publicity officer Jan Humphrey, who issued the statement, said the sign, featuring a pelican playing croquet, had been designed by one of the club's long-standing members.

“It's a valued and costly asset of the club,” she said.

Mrs Humphrey said the club wanted its sign back.

However, the sign has not been stolen.

David Brann, secretary-manager of the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club, confirmed the Ballina Croquet Club sign had been replaced with a generic sign because the clubhouse is now being used by two clubs.



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