In trouble: Dorrigo Bowling Club needs help and an emergency meeting has been called.
In trouble: Dorrigo Bowling Club needs help and an emergency meeting has been called. Jodie Crane

Low numbers may force club closure

AFTER 60 years of community service, Dorrigo Bowling Club may be forced to close – unless the community rallies.

Treasurer Harvey Kilgour has called an emergency public meeting tomorrow at 1pm in the hope of preventing the closure.

“We’ve got a great facility here with one of the best event venues in town, with seating for 300 people,” Mr Kilgour said.

“If we close it will leave a real gap in Dorrigo.

“I have called this meeting as a last resort – it is an appeal to the public to come out and give us a hand.”

Mr Kilgour said the club had been in financial difficulties for some time but could be saved with the sale of a surplus block of land and three of the club’s poker machines.

Amalgamation with the Dorrigo Ex-Services Club had also been explored but negotiations so far had been unsuccessful.

“Those negotiations are currently on hold but what we really need is members,” Mr Kilgour said.

“Membership is at an all-time low with only 165 members.

“We need it to increase to at least 300.”

New bowling blood is also needed with the call going out for an extra six to ten bowlers.

Since calling the meeting Mr Kilgour said many people had said they did not want to see the club close.

For more information phone the club on 6657 2166.



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