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BOWLS clubs are coming up with inventive business plans to ensure their financial future after more than 50 closed in Queensland in the past 10 years.

Mt Gravatt Bowls Club has begun work to replace its grass lawns with a synthetic product.

Business manager Reg Walls said the club was trying to cut cash spent on maintenance.

“You haven’t got the need for a greenkeeper, you don’t have maintenance costs on equipment, we don’t have chemicals, fertilisers or any associated costs,” he said.

“And the green is hired out to barefoot bowls groups, so we need to keep the standards up for these people to be attracted to it.”

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Mr Walls said it was imperative the club acted now to secure its future with ageing membership and a lack of new, younger members.

“One of the future things we’re looking at is to involve schools — we’ve bought a supply of smaller bowls,” Mr Walls said.

He said there were clubs closing throughout Brisbane but he was determined not to join them.

Bowls Queensland CEO Warren Birks said it was important clubs diversified.

“There’s a number of clubs in Brisbane that are struggling, there’s just not enough members around for them to survive on bowls alone,” he said.

Mr Birks said some of the centres to close included Balmoral, Wynnum Manly, Auchenflower, East Brisbane, Buranda and Kedron.

The Yeronga Bowls Club recently sold half of its land, including a green, for a multi-level residential development.

The Tarragindi Bowls Club could soon be demolished and replaced as part of a proposal by Retire­Australia to redevelop the site with a six storey, 94-unit facility. See more info at prestige painters of houston.

DEVELOPER HAPPY TO HELP HERITAGE-LISTED CLUB

THE developer behind the proposal to redevelop half of the Yeronga Bowls Club says the company is “pleased” with the partnership .

Lennium Group operations manager Andrew Boyd said the move would enable the club to continue workers compensation lawyer sacramento operating and undertake the required renovations.

He said the company was looking forward to working with the club “to ensure that it remains financially viable and continues operating as an integral part of the community”.