ALL ABOARD: Nimbin Bowling Club president John Ryan and treasurer Peter Jones, behind the wheel of the new bus.
ALL ABOARD: Nimbin Bowling Club president John Ryan and treasurer Peter Jones, behind the wheel of the new bus. Cathy Adams

Wheels keep club turning

THE Nimbin Bowling Club has been part of their local community since 1926.

But like many other small Northern Rivers Clubs their survival is a month to month proposition.

"We have basically been trying to keep the doors open for the last five years and we are not out of the woods yet," said licensee Bob Dooley

So it was a huge blow for the club when their courtesy bus was stolen just before Christmas and found burnt out in Casino.

Finally, last week, the club was able to get their hands on a replacement bus, much to the relief of the club's president John Ryan.

"The club would really struggle without the courtesy bus," Mr Ryan said.

"The majority of our residents live 5-10km outside of Nimbin and they wouldn't risk driving all that way for a couple of beers.

"Now we can again pick up club members at their front gate which allows us to support a culture of responsible drinking.

"We also use it to transport bowlers to pennant competitions and support other clubs in the region."

According to Mr Ryan, the new bus is a step up from the old one.

"It drives a lot smoother and it's air-conditioned which is a big plus around here," he said.

For Mr Ryan clubs like his are a vital part of the social fabric of any town.

"It's the place where all the tradies can meet up and talk about prospective jobs," he said.



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