Narrabri Bowling Club members have been advised by the administrator that efforts to secure a suitable merger of the club, Sporties, with another club have not been successful.

The administrator, Hayes Advisory, has announced plans to sell the Club Motor Inn to meet the Sporties’ debts and liabilities.

The Sporties has been in voluntary administration since April 24. Hayes Advisory took on the role of running the club and the Club Motor Inn while its future was decided.

The club re-opened for limited trading on July 9.

Mr Hayes held an informal meeting with club members on November 13.

In an update to members on November 20, he said there had been no success in finding a suitable amalgamation partner for Sporties.

“Accordingly, to repay Narrabri Bowling Club’s debts/liabilities I now plan to sell the Club Motor Inn motel which will take several months and require the approval of Narrabri Bowling Club’s members,” Mr Hayes said in the update to members.

Narrabri Bowling Club will continue trading on limited days, although it will be closed over the Christmas – New Year period.

Mr Hayes said he was considering members’ suggestions from the November 13 meeting regarding trading days and promotional efforts to boost patronage.

Mr Hayes said he would also be ‘looking at opportunities for bowling club membership and/or bowling greens to survive in Narrabri.’

“Repayment of Narrabri Bowling Club’s debts may make it possible to preserve bowling in Narrabri,” he said.

The bowling club and associated Club Motor Inn occupy a prime site on the Newell Highway in a town on the brink of major growth.

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