Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fees Backlash Getting Louder

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fees Backlash Getting Louder

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TWO more Zone One clubs have protested to Bowls NSW that its near 30% jump in capitation fees will result in bowlers walking away from the sport.

The latest to express strong views are tiny Urbenville and the large Cabarita Beach.

Urbenville, the Northern Rivers district's smallest club with nine male bowlers, said holding on to its few members was vital to the club's continuance. It intends subsiding bowlers - $20 each to men and women - in a bid to hold on to them.

The club is also critical of a lack of response by Bowls NSW to a letter the club sent more than 12 months ago seeking to amalgamate its men and women bowlers.

Tweed-Byron's Cabarita Beach is questioning - as Lismore Workers Sports was reported last week to have done - the need for administration at three levels - district, zone and state.

In a letter to state president Vince Beard, Cabarita Beach's board chairman Ian Crabb suggested bowls was over-governed, with the three administrative levels each adding to the fees bowlers pay.

"Like our politicians have learned recently, making such a large increase in charges will meet with resistance and I have no doubt that many of our older bowlers and others will consider their financial position, 'vote with their feet' and withdraw from bowls altogether," the Cabarita Beach chairman wrote in his letter to Mr Beard.

"The result will not only impact on your income but will undoubtedly impact on our financial position."

He ends his letter with: "I do look forward to observing the way that some of your increased funds are used in our region of the state as we will need some way of recouping our financial outlay and the loss of full bowling members in our club."

Cabarita Beach is currently working on providing a subsidy in a bid to hold on to its members.

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