Warren Lynam

Eyes down and a bit o' shush...It's Bingo fever on the Coast

IT IS eyes down at the Dicky Beach surf club twice a week nowadays.

In response to what has been called a "Caloundra bingo shortfall", the surf club has decided to increase its bingo sessions from once to twice a week.

Seniors were devastated when it was announced a few weeks ago that the bingo balls had fallen for the last time at the Caloundra RSL.

Many began searching for a new place to play the game, forge friendships and enjoy a morning out.

The Daily contacted the Caloundra RSL for comment, but did not receive a response.

Dicky Beach surf club general manager Craig Allan said the club had added an extra Thursday bingo session to meet the growing demand.

Bingo action at the Dicky Beach Surf Club. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Bingo action at the Dicky Beach Surf Club. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

"We are getting people who had their bingo dropped from the RSL coming here looking for a new place to play," Mr Allan said.

"Thursday has been popular so far and we have been hearing that a lot of the bingo ladies are quite saddened by losing their Thursday bingo at the RSL.

"We saw there was a shortfall for bingo in the area and as word gets around I'm sure we will see more people coming to the club."

Bingo action at the Dicky Beach Surf Club. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Bingo action at the Dicky Beach Surf Club. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

BINGO FEVER HERE TO STAY

SENIORS are devastated the bingo balls have fallen for the last time at the Caloundra RSL.
The popular venue announced its regular bingo sessions would be cancelled, much to the disappointment of many regular patrons.

Henny Roest used to attend bingo twice a week at the club to enjoy time with her friends.

Her son, Roger, said patrons were not given a reason and that it had left many of the elderly without a social outlet.

"As you get older, there are less and less things to do,"Mr Roest said.

"I don't understand why the club couldn't leave a space for the ladies to play their bingo.

"They are not trouble patrons and everyone enjoys it.

(left) Henny Roest and Ellen Muller are disappointed the Caloundra RSL has cancelled its bingo. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
(left) Henny Roest and Ellen Muller are disappointed the Caloundra RSL has cancelled its bingo. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

The Caloundra president of the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League, Frank Gower, said it was disappointing that an affordable hobby for the elderly had been cancelled. He questioned the reasons behind
the decision.

Other Sunshine Coast RSL clubs say bingo is thriving.

Tewantin Noosa RSL management has no intention of cancelling its sessions.
"Three times a week, the bingo balls fall and those days are always popular at Tewantin Noosa RSL," chief
executive Phil Stephenson said.

Maroochy RSL marketing manager Nick Knight said bingo attendee numbers were steady and the game was played every day.

"It brings a good volume of people into the club on a weekly basis and 100% we will not be cancelling bingo due to
patron demand," he said.


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