Much more than old club


Nearby resident Ghassan Harb outside the Hurlstone Park Bowling Club which could become a community facility.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | January 10th, 2018





A COMMUNITY facility is just one of the proposals put forward for the former Hurlstone Park Bowling Club site, after Canterbury Bankstown Council surveyed residents.
Last year Hurlstone Park joined more than 120 bowling clubs across the state that have closed over the past 20 years as they grapple with maintenance costs, falling membership and rising taxes.
The club's 200 members were forced to make the heart-wrenching decision to close the premises after more than 60 years, when owner of the site, Canterbury Bankstown Council, found the Marcia Street building had structural defects, and safety risks, including no disabled access, and asbestos issues. The council says despite numerous requests to fix the problems, the building remained non-compliant, and management was given an ultimatum.
The club was unable to afford the repairs and closed for business on June 25 last year.
The building was constructed by the Club in 1944, on Council land, with the two bowling greens on Crown land managed by the council and zoned public recreation.
After the closure the Council undertook an online survey from October to November to gauge community input into the site's future, with over 235 responses, and 150 people attending an information session at the former club.
A Council spokesperson said there was a strong desire for a community facility to built on the site, as well as retaining the area for open space or for a community garden.
From the community feedback, the Council will prepare a concept plan for the site.
"The draft concept master plan will go back to Council in mid-2018, to seek approval for it to go on public exhibition," the spokesperson said.



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