Gloom hangs over Cannington Bowling Club with closure on horizon

Gloom hangs over Cannington Bowling Club with closure on horizon

A MOOD of sadness hangs over the Cannington Bowling Club as members realise their George Street West clubhouse built in 1968 will close its doors by June 30.

Club executive president Linda Landers said members were “stunned and shattered” following the recent City of Canning decision to evict the club from its Cannington premises.

Ms Landers said she had been inundated with messages from people in the community upset at the council decision.

“I have had people come into the club and say they can’t believe it,” she said.

“I have not had one person say to me that they think it is a good decision. I am stunned at the number of people who have contacted me – it would be close to 70 people.”

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Ms Landers said she planned to apply to council for the club to be moved to land in Queens Park, an idea mooted in 2014.

She said the club had worked hard to improve its financial situation and was proud of its efforts.

“In 18 months we have come from insolvency to having nearly $50,000 in the bank. It is not a bad effort for any business or club that can do that,” she said.

The decision to close the clubhouse is particularly poignant for Ms Landers, who said her late mother was a foundation member of the club, joining in 1957-58.

“I was born in 1959 and have literally grown up in this club, as has my son who is the bar manager,” she said.

Club president for men’s bowls Alf Tovey said he was hopeful the club would carry on.

“If we close on June 30 we have to find somewhere else to go or drop out of bowls altogether,” he said.

“It’s not just the bowlers, it is all the members – pool players, dart players, the Lions Club, Little Athletics, line dancers, Curtin University students – they are all thrown out of this facility and will have to find somewhere else.”

Mr Tovey said members had worked hard to improve the club’s finances but had been hamstrung in securing sponsorships because of the council’s month-to-month lease with the club.