Abandoned Bowling Club, Western Australia

The History

The youth centre, completed in July 1977, was constructed to replace the previous youth centre destroyed by Cyclone Joan in 1975.

The construction and operation of the recreation centre relied heavily on community support and participation, with an initial committee formed to carry out the construction and operation [project, including shire representatives, the Uniting Church reverend, and Lions Club and general members of the public. Community fund-raising furnished the centre and provided sporting equipment, and volunteers from the public and local service clubs supervised activities and staffed the centre.

Back in the day, the site consisted of a two storey building, which included a bar and function areas, dining rooms and gaming facilities, as well as two tennis courts, a bowling green and 60 car parks. It closed its doors for the final time in 2014.

There are current plans to renovate the site for $2 million, as the below sketch illustrates.

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An artist’s impression of what the building may look like after a multi-million dollar redevelopment.

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