The East Brisbane Bowls Club was formed in the early 1900’s.

It was a community centrepiece for decades and still is, but no longer for bowlers.

Now it’s a home to Brisbane artists, musicians and performers.

East Brisbane Bowls Club, 1906 (Source: State Library of Queensland)

Community theatre and arts organisation, ‘Backbone’, operates out of the bowls clubs.

They have helped thousands of young Brisbane artists shine.

In fact the organisation has worked with nearly 6,000 creatives, engaged with 16,000 youths and performed shows for over 41,000 people.

Backbone performance on the green of the East Brisbane Bowls Club

But plans to redevelop Mowbray Park could spell the demolition of the community club.

The LNP run Brisbane City Council released their plan and part of that is to demolish the Bowls Club and current home of ‘Backbone’.

BCC’s Mowbray Park Concept Plan

The proposed plan has sparked significant backlash by the local community.

Deputy Opposition Leader for Brisbane City Council, Cr Kara Cook (Labor), has launched at petition to ‘Save the former East Brisbane Bowls Club and Backbone!

“This LNP Council has its priorities all wrong. This decision by the LNP makes it clear that community groups and the arts which are the heart and soul of communities are at the bottom of their priority list.”

A rally to save the building is being held this Saturday (17/07/2021) at the Bowls Club.

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