I'm disappointed to report that after two years there has been limited progress in the leasing of Moorooka Bowls Club. While the delay was initially due to COVID, more recently progress has been held up by Brisbane City Council who refuse to take responsibility for handing over the facility in good condition.
I have been working with a local, not for profit group, Third Space, who have been offered the facility however Council is expecting them to:
- Take on the cost of updating the facility at a cost of $500,000 to $600,000. This is despite Council spending over $1m giving the Sunnybank Bowls Club a renovation after it became vacant!
- Take on a facility with leaking pipes, rotting floorboards, outdated kitchen and non-accessible toilets. This is in addition to a range of other issues requiring maintenance both internally and externally.
- Sign a ‘Confidentiality Agreement’.
What we need to remember is that the Moorooka Bowls Club is a Brisbane City Council community facility that is owned by residents. It needs to be maintained by Council.
It is unreasonable to expect not for profit community groups to have to repair and renovate Council facilities.
It is also unreasonable to upgrade facilities in some Wards but not in other Wards.
In the Council meeting this week, the Lord Mayor Schrinner’s conservative team voted against funding the renovation of the Moorooka Bowls Club, meanwhile this important community facility remains unused and idle.
Please sign the online epetition to Council supporting the renovation of the Moorooka Bowls Club: