New bowling club committee looking to change ‘uncertain times’

The new Mt Pleasant Bowling Club committee.
The new Mt Pleasant Bowling Club committee.

IT has been a few years of uncertainty for the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club, but a new committee is looking to turn the tide.

The uncertainty has been caused in part because of delays to the Tompkins Park redevelopment, with initial timelines indicating they were supposed to be placed at a new shared facility by last October. The City of Melville voted in June to suspend what has become a highly controversial project, pending a review.

At the same meeting, the council approved up to $60,000 for the club’s greenskeeping bills.

New president John O’Brien said that money was the difference between “survival and sinking” for the bowls club.

“The committee intends to restore the club’s financial viability, we know we need to be self-sustaining,” he said. “We are looking to get more bowlers and social club members and hire out our facilities for functions.

“We want people to know we are open for business.”

Other goals of the committee are to improve the profile of the club and allow community groups to use its facilities.

The bowling club’s Bedford Road site was intended to be transformed into a mix of low density residential development and parkland after the Melville Council voted to approve the project in August 2017.

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