Provest quits bowls club post

ONE of the Tweed club industry's longest-serving leaders, Geoff Provest, has quit as manager of Tweed Heads Bowls Club, ending a 15-year career with the Southern Hemisphere's biggest lawn bowls club.

Mr Provest, who resigned for personal reasons on Tuesday, was the high-profile manager of the club for the past 11 years and assistant manager for four years before that.

His resignation follows the ousting in October of club chairman Bernie Bell, a Tweed shire councillor, who had been at the helm for four years but was voted out of the honorary top job. The club has about 13,500 members.

A spokesman for the club issued a brief statement saying Mr Provest "leaves with the best wishes of the board, staff and members" who "wish him well for his future endeavours".

The board, the spokesman said, was currently considering a replacement.

Speaking from Adelaide yesterday where he was attending a Bowls Australia conference, Mr Provest, the longest-serving independent director of that organisation, said he was "looking at various business activities out there".

"I'll be staying in the Tweed I'm fully committed to the area and will continue being active in community activities," he said.

The father of four proudly announced that he had recently become a grandfather.

As well as being chairman of the Federal Government's Northern Rivers Sustainable Regions Program, Mr Provest is the regional chairman for the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal Day.

"We were the best-performing region last year, achieving 110 per cent of the Red Shield target figure," he said.

His past leadership roles include chairman of the local Clean Up Australia Day committee for eight years and chairman of Tweed and Coolangatta Tourism Incorporated for five years.

He served on various committees over the years and was a spokesman for the Tweed's registered clubs.

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