Mark ‘Boof’ Brown is back in his home town again and is the new secretary/manager of the Byron Bay Bowling Club
Mark ‘Boof’ Brown is back in his home town again and is the new secretary/manager of the Byron Bay Bowling Club

Long-time local is back behind the bar again

After a 16-month absence, long-time Byron Bay local Mark ‘Boof’ Brown has returned home to take on a new role as the secretary/manager of the Byron Bay Bowling Club.

Mark has spent the past 16 months in Queensland where he was the manager of a tavern at Mackay before moving on to a job as storeman at the mines in central Queensland.

“Due to the downturn in the economy, I was retrenched from my job at the mines, so I decided to come back to Byron,” Mark said.

“My wife and two children were also back in Byron, so it meant that I could see them again.”

Before Mark moved to Mackay, he was one of the managers at the Beach Hotel – a position he held for more than 16 years.

“So here I am back in the Bay and pulling beers again,” Mark laughed.

“I’m really happy to be back, even though my five-to-10-year plan of being away from Byron didn’t eventuate past 16 months.”

As well as introducing some new projects at the bowling club, Mark is keen to once again be involved with the local surf club.

Mark said he wanted to bring some ‘atmosphere’ back to the club, with regular entertainment on a Saturday night.

“My other priority is the bowls side,” he said.

“I want to encourage young and old people to start playing this popular game.

“Our Tuesday social triple bowls has been a great success and we have a bowls coach available for those people who want to learn to play.”

The club also has a bistro – Butlers on Marvel.

Mark said the staff was all energetic, young and keen.

“My long-term goal is to build the club up and get as many locals and visitors here as possible,” he said.

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