Cannington and Districts Bowling Club could be booted from premises if proposal passes council


Club president Linda Landers.
Picture: Matt Jelonek d465198
Club president Linda Landers. Picture: Matt Jelonek d465198

THE Cannington and Districts Bowling Club will be given a notice to vacate its George Street West premises by June 30 if City of Canning councillors pass an item at this month’s meeting.

It could mark the end of the club’s 49-year tenure at the site, which has been on a month-to-month hold-over lease with the City since December 2015.

Governance and solvency issues have plagued the club since June 2015, when it was deemed insolvent with debts of $180,867, including $106,455 owed to the Australian Tax Office.

In July 2015, the club was issued a breach of lease notice after it was found to be trading while insolvent before it engaged an accountant to implement improvements to governance.

In the year since, the club has paid down debt and strived to increase membership through social events such as poker, but it has only 59 registered playing members.

Club president Linda Landers said she was disappointed in the council’s decision to proceed with a notice, but pledged to continue fighting.

Ms Landers said the club had proved its ability to improve and had diversified through poker and computer game nights to boost patronage.

“There has been a Lions Club for more than 20 years here and students who use the venue to play computer games and they are all members, but they have not been taken into consideration,” she said.

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