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Bowls Club Closure

Bowls Club Closure

Moama Bowling Club has closed its doors to the public

More than 200 staff were left uncertain of their future when Moama Bowling Club shut its doors at midday on Monday.

The closure followed directions from the State and Federal Government as they implement a shutdown of all non-essential businesses.

Pubs, clubs, gyms and other businesses were forced to close, with restaurants and cafes left with take-away only options.

Moama Bowling Club's sales & marketing manager George Santos said the club look to support their staff through the unforeseen circumstances.

"All our staff will be affected by it in some way," he said.

"We employ typically up to 220 individuals and a large majority of those are on a casual basis."

The impact of their closure is expected to extend into the local community, with the Club a sponsor of many sporting clubs and community events.

"Club grants, which is the mechanics by which we disperse funds to out community, is derived through our gaming arm - and obviously if there's no gaming we certainly can't provide the ability to have that funding available," Mr Santos said.

"There is some there, and there's also other streams we may consider when the time comes, but at this stage obviously there's going to be an impact on the ability for us to fund some community enterprises."

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While many other hospitality businesses are looking at options for take-away and home delivery, Mr Santos said it was unlikely for the Club.

"We are still in discussion with our team to see what would be available options for us," he said.

"But at this stage I don't think we are in the position to make that announcement, if it happens at all."

The Club was waiting for guidance from the State and Federal Government to help support the staff impacted by the changes.

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