Club Cowra

Club Merger “Great For The Community”

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

IMAGE: The Cowra Bowling Club’s Ellie Garlick, James Kirwan and General Manager Marc Eisenhauer.

Cowra Bowling Club General Manager Marc Eisenhauer says the merger of the Cowra Bowling Club and Cowra Golf Club will be a great coup the wider Cowra community, with the merger all set to proceed.

While the merger is yet to be formalised, a memorandum of understanding has been written and agreed to by both clubs, with members of both clubs having also been notified of the merger plans.

The merger will likely be formalised between now and the end of the year, with both clubs required to hold a vote on the merger for their members, with a 75% vote for the merger required.

Both clubs are required to provide their members at least 21 days’ notice of the meeting to cast their votes.

Once the members of both clubs have voted, the merger will then be handed to Gaming and Liquor NSW for approval. Mr Eisenhauer said while the merger would benefit both clubs, it would be an even greater benefit to the Cowra community as a whole. “It’s all about doing the right thing for the town and delivering on the benefits this will create,” he said.

“It will grow and improve both clubs.” Under the MOU arrangements, the Cowra Bowling Club will become the parent club of both clubs, and will inherit all assets and liabilities of the Cowra Golf Club.

The CBC will also assume management of the CGC. Mr Eisenhauer will become the General Manager of both clubs, while James Kirwan will be appointed as the Venue Manager of the Cowra Golf Club.

A new, single board will be formed to oversee both clubs, with an advisory committee to be established to oversee the golf course and golf events at the CGC.

Existing arrangements with the Pro Shop at the CGC will remain in place.

The logo of the CGC will change to mim-ic that of the CBC, but with a golf ball in it instead of a lawn bowl.

Mr Eisenhauer said that most members of both clubs had so far been very sup-portive of the merger at recent meetings held by both clubs.

He said there were great plans for both clubs once the merger is formalised. “We want to set up Pro Am charity days and community golf days, and use the golf course to tie in with other community events and host golf events on the same weekends,” he said.

“We really want to grow and improve both clubs, because when they’re strong, the community sees the benefits.”


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