A meeting of 500 members of the Lennox Head Bowling Club last night issued a plea to the club’s owners, Sydney-based Ramsgate RSL, not to close the doors on Sunday night.
Ramsgate announced the closure plan this week after revealing that the club had lost $850,000 during the last two years and ‘several million’ during the six years they have been managing the club.
At the very least, members are asking that Ramsgate not strip the club of its poker machines or other equipment, pending members’ investigating alternative ways to keep the club running.
‘I can assure you they’re in for one interesting time if they [Ramsgate RSL] do come up against us,’ the meeting’s chairman Pip Carter told ABC radio this morning.
‘We don’t want anything stripped out of there so we can just take it over in good faith because that’s how it happened with them,’ Mr Carter said.
Earlier this year Bangalow Bowling Club raised $300,000 from the community to renovate and reopen its ailing operations.
Ramsgate RSL is partway through a 21-year lease with Ballina Council, which was costing them about $40,000 a year. Echonetdaily understands the management had also installed new air conditioning, beer lines and other equipment as recently as early this year.
Ballina Shire general manager Paul Hickey said the council would look favourably on a plan by members to take back the running of the club.