The old Enoggera Bowls Club has been demolished and a modern facility and retail spaces are being built with the aim of making the club financially secure in the face of declining bowler numbers.
The $12 million Pickering Place Sports and Trades Centre, being built by Niclin Group, will feature two covered bowling greens, a new clubhouse, a range of sporting facilities and large format retail tenancies.
Enoggera Bowls Sports and Community Club president Terry Holmes said the Club want to create a sustainable model to underwrite the long-term future of the club.
“This is the first time a sustainable economic development model like this has been deployed by a community club and we are aware that this creates a precedent for other clubs to follow,” Mr Holmes said.
The move comes after years of declining bowls club membership in Queensland.
Statewide, playing members fell from 234,725 in 2010 to 176,594 in 2016.
In the North Brisbane Bowls District membership has dropped from 4713 in 2005 to 3108 in 2014.
“We are committed to providing an environment that supports happy and healthy lifestyles for anyone in our community looking for an interesting social setting for exercising, as well as keen sportsters who are interested in golf, rock climbing, bowls, aerobics, yoga, pilates and other fitness activities,” Mr Holmes said.
“In addition to Cafe 63 and My First Gym in the clubhouse, the covered carpeted greens will be available for a number of social bowls, other fitness and health activities as well as providing a world-class bowls facility.”
All facilities will be professionally managed. The project is being fully funded by the club.
They are due to open in June 2019.
Niclin Group managing director Nick Cave said members of their team had been working with the club on this project for up to five years.
“We know that the success of this project means a lot to the Club and other clubs around Queensland and we are working hard to make sure it’s delivered to the highest possible standard,” Mr Cave said.
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