THBC president Peter Goldsmith and director Ian Irvine (right) welcome Goodna Bowls Club’s Cathie Willmington and Owen Bradley for a day of goodwill.
THBC president Peter Goldsmith and director Ian Irvine (right) welcome Goodna Bowls Club’s Cathie Willmington and Owen Bradley for a day of goodwill. John Gass

Club bowled over by generosity

GOODNA Bowls Club members were yesterday bowled over by the generosity of their hosts during a visit to Tweed Heads Bowls Club.

The Goodna club was completely submerged by January’s devastating floods and its members were yesterday greeted by blue skies and warm welcomes from the Tweed Heads club for a roll-up, bite to eat and a financial helping hand.

GBC chairman Owen Bradley said he had seen floods before but “this was huge”.

“There would’ve been over a tonne of mud left behind,” Mr Bradley said.

“The building and contents were valued by the council at about $1 million, and chairs, tables, score cards, bar equipment, you name it, all of it was gone.

“Tweed Heads Bowls Club has been absolutely wonderful,” Mr Bradley said.

“Tony Houghton, one of their members who came from our area, came up about a week afterward and presented us a cheque for about $1850.”

Goodna treasurer Cathie Willmington said when she first inspected the club post-flood she thought “we’re never going to get out of this”.

“There was about four metres of water over the greens, which also meant the clubhouse itself was under,” Ms Willmington said.

“We think it’s absolutely tremendous that the Tweed Heads Bowls Club is looking after us.”

THBC chairman Peter Howell said he was always heartened by the way the club’s members and staff rallied in such times of need.

THBC members and guests have raised more than $40,000 for victims.



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