Moama Bowling Club Background & History
Moama Bowling Club was formed and properly constituted in 1928 by a small group of avid bowlers seeking a gentle pastime to while away the long summer days. Their occupations were varied, although graziers and local traders dominated the group.
With only a small weatherboard clubhouse and a green of four rinks, its initial membership of 25 financial members played its first singles championship in the 1929-30 season. It was agreed in a special general meeting in 1935 that women be allowed to play on any afternoon or evening. That same year, eight women joined the club. At the annual general meeting in 1947, members voted that lights be installed at the green and night bowling soon became a popular pastime at Moama Bowling Club.
In 1953, members moved that adjacent land with a frontage of 159ft be purchased to extend the number of bowling rinks. In 1958 plans were drawn for a new clubhouse approved by its membership, now nearing 100 financial members. The new clubhouse and greens were finally inaugurated in March 1959 and a liquor licence granted in September 1960. By October that year the first three poker machines were installed in the clubhouse. 1962 saw the executive decide to sow a new five rink green with South African couch grass. As a result, the greens were not extensively used over the next 20 years as they were considered not to be completely level. In early 1975, the club increased the number of poker machines with the committee agreeing to buy six 10c machines at a cost of $1860 each. New extensions were soon on the way to accommodate this increasingly popular pastime.
A gradual increase in poker machine numbers to the current 220 and regular additions, renovations and improvements to Moama Bowling Club over the next 35 years, have culminated in the outstanding facility that exists today and the tremendous range of services it offers Echuca Moama and surrounding communities.
Moama Bowling Club Today
Moama Bowling Club today epitomises the new generation in club styling – a contemporary way to meet, drink, eat, celebrate and be entertained. The look is utterly exquisite and unique to this region and has been described as ‘arguably the most jaw-dropping piece of commercial architecture in northern Victoria’.
Moama Bowling Club features four bars, three distinct and superior function areas, a Café and a 320 seat Bistro. A devastating fire in June 2008 caused considerable damage to the club and resulted in a major refurbishment and facelift of the facility. Altis Architects were appointed to oversee the design, functionality and décor of the club, creating a space that is now recognised as one of the region’s most outstanding entertainment venues.
Moama Bowling Club is located on the banks of the majestic Murray River in Moama, New South Wales – just a stone’s throw across the bridge to its twin city of Echuca in Victoria. Echuca Moama is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its unique river and paddle Steamer heritage, top quality accommodation and dining facilities as well as the flourishing Perricoota wine region. Echuca Moama is situated an easy 2.5 hour drive to Melbourne and is only an hour away from the major regional cities of Shepparton and Bendigo. Moama Bowling Club supports the regional bowling fraternity with five bowling greens – one of them synthetic – and has a rich history and reputation for excellence demonstrated by the many international events held at the club.