THE Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club and the City of Mandurah have finalised a new operating model that is expected to provide long-term benefits for the club and the council.
The club management has been working with City officers for almost two years after it was agreed the club needed help to stabilise its future finances and operations.
The club voted unanimously to accept the new model and have the outstanding loan of $839,682,51 written off by the council. Since then, the club and council have worked to establish a solution for cost recovery, including bigger, semi-commercial rental fees that the club will pay annually.
Club president Aled Williams said the club recognised a new model was needed for the club to continue to operate and ensure sustainability moving forward.
“This new approach is more manageable for the club and provides mutual benefits for both the club and the council,” he said.
“As one of Mandurah’s oldest sporting clubs, with a rich local history, we are ingrained in the community and strive to do the best for our members.”
“We simply could not continue to operate on the previous financial model and needed the help of the council to develop a sustainable and achievable method of contributing towards the cost of the facility. The new lease enables us to continue to contribute by way of a semi-|commercial rent for the term of the lease to a normal commercial arrangement.”
Under the new arrangement, the club will continue to lease half the facility for the use of members and the council will manage the other half.