Bowls clubs seek common ground
IT WELL may be a task as challenging as a bowler "kissing" the jack, but Noosa's coastal lawn bowls "tribes" are working to find common ground by November to secure the long-term future of their game.
Noosa Heads, Tewantin Noosa and members of the folded Peregian Beach bowls clubs are part of a transition committee working through their competitive differences to join as one.
And one of the hardest decisions to be made is to surrender their individual identities at a final location that might be a Noosa Civic green field site or a Noosa-Tewantin redevelopment.
Both sites would involve a likely development application to Sunshine Coast Council.
A suggested third option out of 27 sites examined in the area - moving to a section of Tewantin Noosa Golf Club - is not favoured by planning consultant Paul Summers.
The Noosa News has been told that since putting their heads together, the transition committee has been able to put a lot of their differences aside to try to reach a positive outcome that will best serve the needs of their members.
Since the Noosa Heads site in Noosa Junction was sold to Coles on a temporary rent-back basis, members there have a need to find a new home.
In a his report Mr Summers "finds that the only likely viable arrangement for bowls clubs in the coastal area of Noosa in the future is for there to be a single club on a single site".
A requirement of any combined bowls entity would be two covered synthetic greens.
"The Noosa Civic site has the least level of uncertainty; an expanded Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club site is also possible," Mr Summers said.
"It is probably also desirable to achieve a land area that has capacity for one additional green.
"This seems possible on each of the candidate sites, although greater difficulty exists on the Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club."
The transition committee report back is due for November 30 to a joint meeting of interested Noosa Heads, Tewantin Noosa and former Peregian members in order for the two remaining bowls clubs "to resolve their respective futures".
The reasoning for the consolidation is that a single, large club will have the "better resources, better capacity, better competition, more dynamics and more robustness when dealing with changing circumstances".
"There are significant difficulties with identifying alternative sites for a new bowls club in the coastal area around Noosa and there are few sites that are likely to be available at an affordable price," Mr Summer said.
"The potential compromises involved in a third candidate site, the Tewantin-Noosa Golf Club, are too great and it is not recommended as a candidate.
"There is need to establish the potential availability of the Noosa Civic site and an approximate value as soon as possible."
It was recommended that a final site must be centrally located and have arterial road access.