Catherine Hill Bowling Club, affectionately known to the locals as ‘Catho Bowlo’ for the past 64 years, will be demolished in October.
In its place will be a new multi-purpose community and sporting facility at a timeline yet to be established by Lake Macquarie City Council.
The Bowling Club and green, established by locals in the early 1950’s, was shut down by authorities following maintenance works by Council, which identified potential hazard materials in the facility.
A Council spokesperson said to ensure community safety, Council closed the building indefinitely while it carried out investigations into the extent of asbestos contamination. “Following these investigations, it has been determined that the building should be demolished.
“Demolition works are expected to commence in October at the Council-owned site, with the entire area to be grassed for ongoing community use.
“The promised new multi-purpose community and sporting facility in Catherine Hill Bay has been identified for this site, as a priority in the Belmont Contributions Catchment Plan. However, the time frames for this multipurpose community and sporting facility will not be known until further detailed work is undertaken,” the spokesperson said.
Catherine Hill Bowling and Community Club opened its doors on August 25, 1954 and has been a volunteer run facility serving the tight knit community for the duration of its existence.
Ironically the club’s closure comes at a time when the village of Catherine Hill Bay is experiencing a population explosion courtesy of the nearby housing development.