Community club process finished

February 07, 2018

Berrigan Community Golf & Bowls Club volunteers (from left) Janice Graham, Paul McVicar and Steve Malcolm.

The Berrigan Community Golf & Bowls Club is now a wholly volunteer managed and operated facility.

Sporties Barooga finalised its withdrawal from the local facility on Thursday.

The decision was made following a review conducted by the Sporties. It said it would continue to support the facility where possible.

Sporties Barooga’s Anton Noble and members of the Berrigan Community Golf & Bowls Club committee met last week for an informal handover.

It ends a nine year partnership between the two organisations, but club volunteer and spokesperson Steve Malcolm said it was time to look ahead.

‘‘We thank Sporties Barooga for their support and the ongoing support it has offered,’’ Mr Malcolm said.

‘‘We would like to thank the volunteers and Berrigan community for supporting us. We would not have survived without the help behind the bar, on bowls and golf maintenance, general maintenance and cleaning.

‘‘We already have 40 volunteers running the club — they have been running it for the last 12 months — and I encourage anyone else to come forward if they wish to volunteer.’’

Mr Malcolm said patrons would see little change now the de-amalgamation has been completed.

‘‘Everything will stay as is — such as Chinese restaurant, pokies and Keno. We’re also hoping to implement a few changes down the track.’’

He said ideas being investigated include regular trivia and comedy nights. The club will host singer Michaela Jenke on February 17.

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