The Member for South Perth, John McGrath MLA, has expressed concerned at the inevitable merger of the Carlisle-Lathlain and Victoria Park Bowling Clubs and its impact on the Como, South Perth and Manning Memorial Bowling Clubs.
The Carlisle-Lathlain Bowling Club, which recently applied to the Town of Victoria Park for a $20,000 grant and was described by the Town of Victoria Park’s Manager of Financial Services as ‘not financially viable’, seems unlikely to continue operation after the 2008-09 season.
Instead, the Carlisle-Lathlain and Victoria Park Bowling Clubs are set to merge, with the new club to be located at the current site of the Victoria Park Bowling Club. However, in order to accommodate the Town of Victoria Park’s planned town centre redevelopment, the club will have to be moved.
It is believed that the Town of Victoria Park’s preferred relocation of the club is Kensington. However, Mr McGrath cautioned against the relocation to Kensington, suggesting that it would have a detrimental impact on the three bowling clubs in the South Perth area.
‘Whilst I can understand the desire of the Town of Victoria Park to merge the Carlisle-Lathlain and Victoria Park Bowling Clubs and the need to find a location which accommodates its town centre redevelopment, I would hope that the final location of the merged club would not be Kensington.’
‘I think it is quite clear that if another bowling club moves into the area, the Como, South Perth and Manning Memorial Bowling Clubs will suffer. Each of these clubs has a unique history and I would hate to see that threatened.’
‘Furthermore, the Como, South Perth and Manning Memorial Bowling Clubs each play an important role in the local community and I would hope to see that continue for some time.’