Merger between Andersons Bay club, stadium looks formality

Andersons Bay Bowling Club has voted to merge with the Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium.

The club held a special general meeting on Monday to decide whether to pursue the proposed amalgamation.

The meeting was well attended and the overwhelming majority voted in favour of the move, vice-president Paul King said.

The club plans to sell its premises and create new greens on the old Tainui Bowling Club site.

However, there is one small hurdle to clear first. The Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium needs to hold its own special meeting and opt in as well.

That should just be a mere formality, though.

‘‘They will be organising that at the moment but there should be no problem with that going ahead,’’ King said.

The club has been contemplating the merge since 2018. It has about 60-odd members and is in a sound position financially.

But many of its members are older and it is anticipated it could become a challenge to keep the club going in the future if it did not act soon.

Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium vice-president John Latimer said all of the executive was behind the merger and a meeting would be held in the next few weeks to confirm the move.

He told the Otago Daily Times earlier in the month ‘‘it would do wonders for the stadium and it would secure the future of the stadium’’.

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