TAB bid to boost club a good bet

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Following the closure of Harvey’s TAB, the Harvey Bowls Club committee has put forward a proposal to include self-service TAB machines and extend trading hours at the club.

President Robyn Coleman said the club was concerned another facility was leaving town and believed the introduction of the TAB would boost club membership.

“At the moment there is nowhere in Harvey for people to go and have a drink and maybe a bite to eat after work,” she said.

“We are looking at serving night meals with a variety of food so that people can come for a drink and socialise. The benefit is if the community supports this initiative and we get behind the social amenities then we have the potential to employ more locals.”

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As a club with an ageing membership, Ms Coleman said diversifying was essential.

“The existing markets eventually disappear and if we do not look for new markets, the club itself will no longer exist.

“Being a self-serviced facility, the TAB will expose new members to the social aspect of the bowls club and potentially spark their interest in the recreational side down the track.”

Being a membership-based club, Ms Coleman said she had no concern the introduction of the TAB would bring in negative behaviour.

“There is a committee that considers every membership application and they decide whether or not that person can be accepted so essentially we control who comes and goes in the premises,” she said.

“As we cannot serve non-members we have different levels of memberships from basic to social.

“The committee, staff and volunteers at the bowling club are all parents and/or grandparents, so we are committed to having a family-friendly, safe environment for social activities.”

The club is expecting the council to endorse the proposal on May 14.

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