CLUB Taree will make inquiries this week to find out why the club was named as an evacuation centre during last Thursday's bushfire crisis without anyone at the club being informed.
General manager Geoff Garnett said the club acted as an centre during the floods of two years ago.
"We said we'd be happy to do it again and we've registered our name down I think with two or three other places,'' Mr Garnett said.
However, he said the first he knew that the club had been chosen as a centre last Thursday was when his supervisor contacted him at home informing that there were 40 people at the club stranded by the fire.
"That's the first anyone here knew about it,'' Mr Garnett said.
He added it was lucky the club didn't have a show booked for the auditorium that night.
"Otherwise we wouldn't have had anywhere to put the people,'' he said.
Mr Garnett said eventually two Department of Community Services workers turned up and started to take details from those stranded.
"I asked them what we had to do about providing bedding and food, but they couldn't help me because their supervisor was in a briefing,'' he said.
Mr Garnett said the club provided some finger food, tea and coffee.
"We'll wear the cost for that,'' he said. "But someone must have contacted the radio to tell people to come here while it was also on websites. If they could take the time to ring them, they could have given us the courtesy of a call so we would have been prepared.
"Had the road not been opened we could of had people staying the night here and sleeping on the auditorium floor, which is not good.''
However, Mr Garnett said the club would be happy to act as an evacuation centre again in the future.