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The Bowls Are Back In Town

Story: Alyssa Mackay | Photo: Bruce Redman
Published On : Jan 24, 2024
The Bowls Are Back In Town
Your local bowls club is back and there’s lots on offer for the community to enjoy.

Last month, the Sandgate Bowls Club reopened as The Sands Bowlo, the newest club for The Sands Social. Membership will work across both venues, as both are owned and operated by Kedron-Wavell.

Kedron-Wavell Chief Executive Officer Lyndon Broome said they decided to take on the management of the Sandgate Bowls Club after learning it was on the verge of closure.

“As our neighbour, we were looking at an amazing 109-year history of who they are and where they’ve been and we didn’t want that history to disappear from Sandgate,” Lyndon said.

“Our view was that we would manage the club and let them keep bowling and continue their 109-year history. They are our neighbours and we want to see the best for them.”

A Sandgate Bowls Club member said the club had been an integral part of the community for more than 100 years, but had been dependent on volunteers to manage bowls and fundraising activities.

“It has been increasingly difficult over the last five years or so to sustain that effort,” the member said.

“Members agreed to the relationship with Kedron-Wavell as the best way to sustain bowls at the venue and to ensure its value as a hospitality provider for the benefit of the Sandgate community.

“The overall members’ opinion would appear to be that they are delighted that the purposes for which the bowls club was initiated in 1914 can now continue through the good offices of Kedron-Wavell.”

The club had been closed since May 2023 due to renovations carried out by Brisbane City Council to improve equitable access, including new pathways, ramps, parking, stairs, and disabled toilets. The venue has also been upgraded with new carpeting, tiles, and a general freshen-up.

Lyndon said The Sands Bowlo would focus on community engagement.

“We want to activate that green space for as many activities as we can,” he said. “Low impact sports for seniors, movie nights, event weekends. We’ve had success with food trucks in the past for special weekend events. Barefoot bowls will be a big anchor as well and we want to engage school groups to be involved with bowling.”

The venue officially opened with a celebration over the Australia Day long weekend.