New bowling green opened
|The new synthetic bowling green, access ramp, and upgraded shade structures at the Dimboola Bowling Club were officially opened on Wednesday afternoon.
Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Danielle Green MP formally opened the club’s second synthetic green converted from traditional lawn to a gathering of around 50 people that included Club President Darryl Argall, Hindmarsh Shire Council CEO Greg Woods, Councillors Mayor Ron Ismay, Deb Nelson, Wendy Bywaters, and Rob Gersch, Bowls Australia Regional Manager for Western Victoria Stephen Arthur, contractor representatives, along with club members, local residents, and representatives of the media.
The 45 members of the club regularly make use of the bowling club’s facilities, and up to one hundred people gather on a Thursday evening to play social bowls.
In opening the new facilities, Ms Green said “Dimboola Bowling Club is the home of Bowls in this area - locals deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.
“I’m sure the Bowls community will embrace the new synthetic surface, accessible ramp and shading; welcome more players; and take their game to the next level.”
The upgrading of the second rink to a synthetic surface will save water, is more durable, and require less maintenance, allowing club members to enjoy the sport more. Club President Darryl Argall estimated that up to 20 volunteer hours per week will be saved in the facility’s upkeep due to this upgrade.
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get involved in local sport and recreation and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”The project also included installing a permanent accessible ramp and new shade structures, allowing the club to train and hold competitions in all weather conditions.
- Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Danielle Green MP
Together the new facilities will help the club build its membership, extend its pennant competition and host more intra- and inter-club tournaments, which attract teams from neighbouring towns.
Investments like these are also about creating jobs, stimulating local economies and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.
Ms Green acknowledged project partners Hindmarsh Shire Council and Dimboola Bowling Club for their commitment and significant investment to deliver the project. The project’s overall cost came to just over $273,000, which was made up of $163,500 from the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, $30,000 from the Hindmarsh Shire Council, and $80,000 from the Dimboola Bowling Club made up of cash and in-kind contributions.
This upgrade is not the end of the club’s planned works, with a new barbeque area and additional seating around the greens also on the cards.
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