Bowlers keen to try new green
A NEW synthetic green has been installed at the Inverloch Bowling Club thanks to a joint effort by the club, the former state government and Bass Coast Shire Council.
With the assistance of council, the club successfully applied for a $50,000 Local Facilities for Local Clubs 2014-15 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria, with the club providing an additional $130,000 for the project.
Deputy mayor and Townsend Ward councillor Jordan Crugnale said council prepared the grant together with the club, with the new synthetic green replacing a natural grass green, significantly improving the club’s facilities.
“The advantage of the synthetic green is to extend the use of the green to year round use rather than mainly warmer season use,” Cr Crugnale said.
“The new green will also encourage participation from a wider cross section of the community, such as older adults, youth and new participants to the sport, without the need for correct bowling equipment or footwear. The club supports new members and participants by providing spare bowls to use.”
Cr Crugnale said it was great to see council help facilitate the grant with the state government.
“It’s a great outcome for our local community,” she said.
Club president Ron Burge said the members are all thrilled with the synthetic green.
“It’s been a big job by a lot of volunteers and it’s a tremendous effort by everyone,” Mr Burge said.
“We do appreciate every little bit of help we get and we thank the state government and Bass Coast Shire Council for all the help they’ve given us in bringing this project to fruition.”
Bass MLA Brian Paynter said it was fantastic to see the state government contribute to such a wonderful community organisation.
“This is the essence of government I think; that we’re able to boost and contribute to local clubs,” he said.
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