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September 26, 2022

Locals push to keep Bangalow Club as ‘member-owned’

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According to www.keepthebowlolocal.com, there are 15 locals behind the push – they include Cr Asren Pugh (Labor), Jo Millar, Lisa Fisher, Richard Millyard, Adam Susz, Ian Holmes, Jason Erickson, Sol Ibrahim and Prof Linda Hancock.  

They say their plan ‘focuses on stabilising the club’s financial situation, making sure it’s safe and functional, and looking at simple ways to set the operations up for continued success’. 

‘The second phase sees us well on top of the financial management of the club, and getting on with the capital works program. 

‘Meanwhile, we’re well on the way to supporting local sporting associations with cash and sponsorships. It’s about setting things up to ensure sustainable profitability and long term growth.

‘Finally, we have everything in place in phase three to ensure the club can withstand peaks and troughs, continuing to build momentum in various revenue streams and in a strong position that doesn’t rely on volunteers for day to day tasks’. 

On their website, they say, ‘Did you know that according to the latest ABS data, in the past five years Bangalow has seen a 36 per cent population increase, along with a 50 per cent rise in median weekly household incomes?

‘Our plan is a working draft document, we will update it as more information comes to hand. 

‘So if you have anything to add please let us know. It’s a plan for everyone who’s part of the Bowlo and the community’. 

Their email is [email protected].

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Meanwhile, a recent members’ update from the club announced a new president after Rowan Keast stood down. 

Atosha Clancy ‘was unanimously voted new President’, says the club. 

Justin Coombs was elected as Vice President, and Ian Holden remains Treasurer. 

The statement adds, ‘We’ll keep you in touch as and when the vacant board position is filled’.

The notice to members also gave an update around the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Norths.

The board have engaged an independent lawyer with specialist knowledge in club legislation, who will ‘guide us through the final stages of negotiation before our respective boards, and then, most importantly, Bangalow Bowlo members have the opportunity to vote on the MOU and amalgamation proposal’.

The statement reads, ‘The details being finalised include millions of dollars in capital investment being committed by Norths in building and facility upgrades, significant financial support and sponsorship of all our sports clubs, strict limits on pokies, and an exciting ten year forecast for an incredible club’. 

‘We hope to have a member vote within the next month or two. If you’d like any further information about the proposed amalgamation, please email us at f[email protected]’.

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  1. Joining the Club and spending money there was always the obvious way to keep it viable .

    It should have occured years ago , not the panic that is now happening.

    Full marks to the group behind the lastest push.

    The locals have to decide to either use it or lose it!


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