Future of The Bowlo:
Have Your Say.

Thank you for taking the time to attend the recent meetings and read our communications about the prospect of The Bowlo amalgamating with Norths Collective.

UPDATED: Wednesday 20th July 2022

This web page has been refreshed to update you on the hard work that our management team, volunteer board members, working groups, and kind community stakeholders have been doing over the few months that have passed since our last meeting.     

We also have updated information on the next round of member and community consultation meetings, and a likely timeframe for the membership vote on whether the amalgamation should go ahead. 

Member meetings to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Memorandum of Understanding is the contract underpinning the amalgamation should it go ahead, stipulating the terms required by The Bowlo members and showing Norths Collective’s legal commitment to adhere to those terms.

The MOU has already been through a number of drafts as management, the board, and community working groups discussed and finessed the details. This next round of specially arranged discussion meetings with Bowlo Board directors and working party members will focus on the draft MOU. Norths Collective will not be present at any of these meetings:

  • Monday 11th July at 4 to 5pm & 6 to 7pm – For All Members
  • Wednesday 13th July at 12.30pm – For Woman’s Bowlers
  • Wednesday 13th July at 4.30pm – For Men’s Bowlers
  • Wednesday 13th July at 6pm – For All Sporting Groups
  • Thursday 14th July at 6pm – For All Members
  • Wednesday 20th at 4pm – For Tradies & All Members
  • Friday 22nd July at 5.30pm – For All Members
  • Wednesday 27th July at 5.30pm – For All Members
  • Saturday 30th at 12noon – For All Members  

Again, Norths Collective will not be present at any of the above meetings. In most cases there will be a minimum of two Bowlo Board directors and/or working group members in attendance to answer your questions. 

What we’ve been up to over the last few months

Our management team, volunteer board members, working groups, and kind community stakeholders have been busy consulting and investigating on behalf of our members.

  • Member consultation meetings took place on 1st April, 19th April, 23rd April and 30th April.
  • Sports & community group consultation meetings took place on 6th April (sport sponsors), 6th April (bowlers), April 30th April and 1st May (cricket, netball, rugby and soccer clubs), May 1st (Men’s Shed, RSL, Lions). 

Industry-wide ‘Expression of Interest’ sent out

Following feedback from our membership and community consultation meetings, we issued an official industry-wide Expression of Interest (EOI) via Clubs NSW to see if any other clubs or associations would be interested in discussing the prospect of amalgamation with The Bowlo. We received no responses at all to that Expression of Interest.

  • 17th May – EOI published 
  • 31st May – EOI closed 
  • No responses received to our EOI 

No viable alternatives found by special working group

In response to some members’ suggestions, we formed a special working group to investigate other options that could protect our future, outside of the industry Expression of Interest and current discussions with Norths Collective.

While other options were looked at initially, conducting the required investigations and proper due diligence would take time and capital outlay that neither our kind volunteers or The Bowlo itself could fund, so we were unable to progress these further. 

Amalgamation vote set to be in appx 2 months (i.e. late Aug / early Sep ‘22)

We are consulting with members during July about the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with a view to having the membership vote in around 2 months, following the next round of consultation meetings detailed above. 

Please watch this space and browse the resources below, including the main Norths Collective proposal to amalgamate with, develop, renovate and rejuvenate The Bowlo with beautifully rendered images of renovation plans for the venue and surrounds, plus club financials, and comprehensive answers to all the questions you and your fellow members have asked over the last few months.  

Voting on the amalgamation

A vote will take place three weeks after a general meeting is called and the MOU is made available to the members.

IF a majority of Bangalow Bowlo members vote for the amalgamation, then Norths Collective members will vote.

IF the amalgamation is passed by both Norths and Bowlo members, the amalgamation will go to the Office of Liquor and Gaming to be ratified. This many take several months.

Clubs NSW video on Amalgamations

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