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Forestville RSL - please rescind your proposal to demolish the Bowling greens

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Summary

On Thursday, The Forestville RSL clubs Board of Directors announced plans to demolish the clubs Bowling greens to make way for a “state of the art medical centre”.

As a “valued member” of the club and Grandson of one of your devoted bowlers who has bowled at Forestville for over 20 years, I am absolutely appalled to hear this.

I ask the board on behalf of the community who share my views, to please exhaust all options before going ahead with this proposal as it will kill the club as we know it. 

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Full letter to Directors 

To the Board of Directors,

Last Thursday, you announced plans to demolish the clubs Bowling greens to make way for a “state of the art medical centre”.

As a “valued member” of the club and Grandson of one of your devoted bowlers who has bowled at Forestville for over 20 years, I am absolutely appalled to hear this.

My Grandfather is 89 this year. Along with many of the other bowlers, bowling is a fantastic social outing for him. He thoroughly enjoys the competition and it really makes his week going to bowls. To know that my grandfather will soon find out about this  proposal breaks my heart, because I know it will hurt him immensely.

The bowls at  Forestville RSL is one of the only places in the community where the older generations can participate in a low impact sport. Removing these great facilities will lead to the bowling community having to move elsewhere, far away from the club. May I stress, once these facilities are gone, they unfortunately will never come back. This is a major issue especially for our ageing population.

These bowlers often make up most of the patrons at the club when they are bowling and contribute significantly to the purchase of food, beverages and even the pokies. Removing the greens will undeniably result in a loss of revenue.

In regards to the declining use of the bowling greens, I believe opening the greens up for social use for the community when there are no competitions on would help increase bowling within the club. This would help increase patrons of the club and also increase its 20% decline in bowlers over the past 5 years. In the past I have enquired about social bowling or bare foot bowls but have always been met with a negative response by management. I honestly believe the main reason behind the decline in bowlers is likely poor access. 

In my opinion this decision will be the death of the club as we know it. For starters, who would want to go to the RSL club when the view is looking at a new medical centre? Very few. It unfortunately would destroy the atmosphere for both the bistro, the function rooms above and the whole surrounding area.

Finally, why do we need another medical centre? there are many around Forestville, and a brand new one at the New Northern Beaches Hospital which already satisfies the communities needs. This development is highly unsuitable for this location.

The club should look at other facilities that would encourage more people to come to the club, such as a kids playground. Unfortunately many families head straight to belrose because of a lack of a playground for the kids at Forestville. Before both the greens are shut, as a last ditch attempt, one of the greens could be turned into a beer garden and  a playground for kids. This should increase revenue for the club.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the club may have financial troubles in the future due to declining revenue, but on behalf of the Community who share my beliefs, I ask the board to please take a step back from this proposal, consult the community, and exhaust all other options, before going ahead with this proposal.

I ask the board to please carefully review all the signatures and comments of this petition before going any further with the proposal, as many of them contain great suggestions on how to increase revenue and reasons why they haven’t gone to the RSL.

 

If you would like to contact me in regards to the petition, send an email to jasonurq@gmail.com



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