Funding to help club diversify
EATON Bowling Club has received $ 50,000 in State funding to begin planning its multi- purpose community hub.
The money is the first instalment of a $ 2 million upgrade for the club and was presented at the club’s annual Men’s Invitational Fours Classic.
Club president Les Brook said the announcement was good news for the greater Eaton community.
“As a bowling club we understand we have to diversify to move forward into the future,” he said.
“The old revenue streams will dry up because of certain economic situations so we will branch out into functions and other sporting groups coming here, and community groups using this facility. “So it is a great boost for the area here as well.” Mr Brook said he expected the planning stage to take up to 18 months and hoped to make the venue a reception centre for various events.
“There is a lot of opportunity for us to develop this land,” he said.
“We are looking at turning part of the greens into disability bowling.”
Sporting and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said the money would pay for detail, design and costing the planning stage.
“It’s great to see so many people using the club for events like this here today, and that is only expected to grow with improved facilities,” he said.
Dardanup shire chief executive officer Mark Chester, Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Dardanup shire president Mick Bennett and Eaton Bowling Club president Les Brook welcome the funding for the club.