Bye bye Bulli bowlo

The bar area of Bulli Bowling Club in recent months. Photo: Bulli Bowling Club Facebook Page.

The bar area of Bulli Bowling Club in recent months. Photo: Bulli Bowling Club Facebook Page.

BULLI Bowling Club was farewelled with plenty of cheer on December 31 when the Princes Highway watering hole closed for business.

Opened in 1953, the club closed at 6pm after an afternoon of drinks for the members.

In November the Woonona Bulli RSL Club board decided to close the club after years of running at a loss.

Woonona Bulli RSL general manager Michael Brennan said despite investing money in the club in 2012 and improving amenities, there were no improvements in trade. He said it was a sad day, with five decades of history ending, but the Board were forced to close the club.

The Bulli Bowling Club amalgamated with the RSL 20 years ago.

Alan Robertson, a member for 20 years, said of the board’s decision had “busted up a family”. He said some members would go to Woonona, while others would join Bellambi or Corrimal.

Mr Brennan said the Woonona Bulli RSL board have not decided on the site’s future.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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