THE fate of the Burwood Colliery Bowling Club site will soon be decided, with tenders for the use of the prime Whitebridge land closing this week.
The site, once a popular spot for weddings and special events, has remained dormant since steep declines in patronage lead to the club’s closure in May last year.
But the future of the club will soon be known as administrators, Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants, begin considering lease proposals submitted for the site.
Community group Burwood Commons have submitted a tender to use the site as an “inclusive community hub” that could be used from everything from yoga classes and wedding functions, to snooker and darts competitions.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Carmen Blanco said a survey of more than 600 community members had showed overwhelming support for a cafe, restaurant and bar at the site.
“We have very comprehensive statistics about what people are asking for in the area that we can work on,” Ms Blanco said.
“The majority want a bar, restaurant and cafe – that’s 93 per cent of people. The next top thing is live music, a function centre, and barefoot bowling.”
Ms Blanco said they had plenty of people who wanted to use the site, but they needed financial backing and “know-how” to get it off the ground.
They were seeking expressions of interest from established clubs and other enterprises in the region to support their vision.
“We are modelling ourselves on the Camperdown Commons, which is an initiative of the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club,” she said.
“It’s not going to be a traditional club, we’re trying to do something entirely different. Bring back snooker tables and dart boards, outdoor activities and barefoot bowls, and offer a great place to have weddings and functions, and great food and drinks.
“But we need someone who knows how to run a club, and that is the key thing we are missing at the moment.”
The group wanted to keep the Crown land site out of developer hands.
“The lease was designed in the 1950s for what people were doing in the 1950s, but we want a site that continues to evolve with the demographic,” Ms Blanco said.
A Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants spokesperson would not confirm how many submissions they had received, but said an announcement would be made soon.