Retiree 'black-listed' from bowls club wins legal battle
A SUNSHINE Coast retiree who claimed she was black-listed by her bowls club's "cowboy" hierarchy after she was wrongly accused of slamming another lady's cooking has won her court battle against the club.
Robyn Perren, 67, from Woombye, took the Nambour Bowls Club to the Supreme Court, claiming she was wrongly labelled a "troublemaker" who was disliked by lady members and this led to her being "pushed out" of the membership of the club by its two chairmen.
Mrs Perren claimed in court that chairman Ralph Wells wrongly accused her of saying "I won't eat anything prepared by that bitch" about a fellow club member, and that she had been humiliated and bullied by the "bunch of cowboys" who run the 130-member club.
She also said tensions were triggered last October when the club ran out of coleslaw at a lunch - dubbed the "Ladies Fiesta Day Incident" - so she took some uneaten slaw from another diner's finished plate and served it up.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Sue Brown ordered the club's decision to terminate Mrs Perren's membership on February 23 last year was "void" because it was unauthorised by the club's constitution and the management committee did not have the power.
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