Fund­ing to help club di­ver­sify

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER | SPORT - Michael Philipps

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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.

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