Ballina RSL bowls into the future
Members of Ballina RSL Bowling Club have been waiting with bated breath to hear the fate of their beloved club and now its official the club will remain open indefinitely.
In February last year club members were informed that, due to an operating deficit of $500,000 and the increased poker machine taxes in NSW, the club was facing closure. There was talk of an aged care facility being built on the Canal Road site.
But that was before club members and staff made it clear that they were prepared to do just about anything to keep their club open, and set to work to revamp, rejuvenate and turn the clubs deficit into a profit. The menu in the dining room was revamped, live entertainment was introduced on Friday and Saturday nights, and barefoot bowls helped bring a younger clientele to the club all of which contributed to a boost in revenue.
The major contributing factor to the clubs improvement were the efforts of the staff, and the support of the bowling and social members, said Ballina RSL Club board chairman, Bob Grant. We realised how important this bowling club is to the community. It is a place where older people can go and mix socially with their friends, and also keep fit playing a great, fun sport.