All quiet on the bowling green

BOWLS clubs across the North Burnett forced to close their doors have packed their bowls away for the time being due to the coronavirus.

Bowls Queensland CEO Brett Wilkie advised clubs that the organisation would not be starting any type of competition until such time as the coronavirus situation allowed all bowlers to play again.

He said Bowls Queensland did not condone roll up and should a club allow them it was the full responsibility of the clubs concerned and not Bowls Queensland.

Mr Wilkie said clubs had a duty of care to their members and as such should take note the advice from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

“It is the sole responsibility of the respective club committees for their actions regarding use of the playing areas of the club,” he said.

“Any breaches of the restrictions could result in substantial fines for members and the club.

“Clubs should also consider the general advice that, unless it is an essential activity, to stay at home.”

Due to social distancing rules there is no activity happening on the bowling greens across the North Burnett due to the COVID-19 virus.
Due to social distancing rules there is no activity happening on the bowling greens across the North Burnett due to the COVID-19 virus.

Biggenden Bowls Club president Greg Vicary said the whole area inside the fence was licensed so at this stage the club was not allowed to operate.

“This will be a financial drain on the club and its members,” he said.

“There are no green fees coming in but we still have to keep up our maintenance.”

That included mowing, watering and debugging.

“I wonder if council will come to the party in relation to rates,” he said.

“The club will just have to play it ear and see what happens in the coming months.”


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