MELVILLE Council has rubberstamped the amalgamation of Melville and Mt Pleasant Bowling Clubs at an expanded Tompkins Park sports hub.
The move comes after a motion for deferral from councillor Nicholas Pazolli was defeated.
Following a deputation from Melville Bowling Club member and former federal politician George Gear, Mr Pazolli argued a postal vote undertaken by the club showing support for the relocation was unconstitutional because it included a covering letter that contained “possibly biased information”.
He also questioned the financial viability of building a brand new bowls facility at Tompkins Park and suggested the City investigate combining both clubs at the existing Melville Bowling Club.
Additionally, Mr Pazolli queried whether forgiving Mt Pleasant Bowling Club’s outstanding $200,000 loan should be included in a motion that dealt primarily with adopting a long-term lawn bowls strategy for the City.
With the lawn bowls strategy approved, Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox will now begin facilitating an amalgamation between the two clubs and expedite the Tompkins Park Concept Plan, which will include new bowls facilities, for council endorsement.
The decision is also an important step towards approving a new wave park on the site of the current Melville Bowling Club, although no item regarding that project has appeared before the council at this stage.