Over to the volunteers

February 08, 2018

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

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

Announced last year, Sporties Barooga finalised its withdrawal from the facility on Thursday last week.

The decision was made following a business review, which has said it will continue to support the facility where possible into the future.

Sporties Barooga’s Anton Noble and members of the Berrigan Community Golf and Bowls Club community met for an informal handover at the facility to mark the occasion.

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

‘‘We thank Sporties Barooga for their nine years of support, and we thank them for the ongoing support it has offered,’’ Malcolm said.

‘‘The club would like to thank the volunteers and Berrigan community for supporting us.

‘‘The club wouldn’t have survived without them helping out behind the bar, on bowls and golf maintenance, general maintenance and cleaning.

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

Malcolm said patrons of the club would see little change in how it was operated with the de-amalgamation has been completed.

‘‘Everything will stay as is — such as Chinese restaurant, pokies and Keno,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re also hoping to implement a few changes down the track.’’

Malcolm said ideas being investigated for the future included regular trivia and comedy night.

He said in the meantime, the club would host singer Michaela Jenke on February 17 and invited everyone to come along.

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