City of Canning gives Cannington Bowling Club stay of execution

City of Canning gives Cannington Bowling Club stay of execution

BY the next Canning council meeting, the Cannington Bowling Club will have a strong business plan and an articulated vision for the future of the club and facilities according to president Linda Landers.

The beleaguered club was granted a 30-day deferral over a City of Canning motion to present the club with a notice to vacate by June 30, after years of financial mismanagement, and the dilapidation of the facilities caused concern within the council administration.

Councillors Patrick Hall, Ben Kunze and Pauline Tarrant did not support the deferral, with Crs Hall and Tarrant speaking in support of the original item to close and bulldoze the club.

Cr Tarrant said the state of the building showed the club was heading toward its conclusion.

Cr Hall said the committee had put council under pressure and he believed the club had a litany of problems.

“I take my role as councillor seriously and I must make sometimes difficult decisions, (the) dysfunctional bowling club placed council in a precarious position with liability,” he said.

Cr Jesse Jacobs put forward the motion to defer, which passed.

Mrs Landers said the club would remain focused and positive in its efforts to re-establish the club.

She said, where possible, the club would expedite the production of documents such as its renewed constitution and business plan to prove its long-term viability.

Further, she said she hoped to see the clubs full membership of 250 including social members considered.

“We are progressively updating business plans and constitution and we will present something within the next 30 days,” Mrs Landers said.

“I will chase council up, with an open mind… I feel like the doors have been opened.”

Mrs Landers said the club would meet with the administration later this month.