Turf’s up

Grant to make golf club greener

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The grass is look­ing greener for the Kar­ratha Bowls Club thanks to a $250,000 State Govern­ment grant to turn the field’s for­tunes around.

For­mer pres­i­dent Bill Messer told the Pil­bara News last year the club was fac­ing the “be­gin­ning of the end” be­cause of an age­ing play­ing sur­face and dwin­dling mem­ber­ship num­bers.

The City of Kar­ratha’s ap­pli­ca­tion last year for a Depart­ment of Sports and Recre­ation grant for the club to lay new syn­thetic turf and in­stall re­tractable shade sails has now been ap­proved.

Club pres­i­dent Graeme Wilkes said the pro­ject had been four years in the mak­ing.

“It’s go­ing to mean a hell of a lot to this club,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to be a great thing for Kar­ratha and the sur­round­ing ar­eas for sure.

Mr Messer said the up­grades could re­turn the club to its for­mer glory and re­build the Pil­bara League.

“The club had a dy­namic about it be­cause of the beauty of the venue,” he said.

“I would think we can get back to those days where we have big num­bers and run events.”

Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the up­grades would in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport and pro­vide more playable fa­cil­i­ties for mem­bers and the pub­lic.

“In­stal­la­tion of this new bowl­ing green will ... (pro­vide) more space, ap­pro­pri­ate re­sources to bring back pop­u­lar hol­i­day pro­grams and an over­all im­prove­ment of the play­ing sur­face for com­pe­ti­tion bowls,” he said.

“The pro­ject will also in­corpo- rate a re­tractable shade to ex­tend over the syn­thetic green, pro­long­ing the life of the new sur­face and al­low­ing play to oc­cur into the sum­mer months.”

Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Brendan Cul­li­nan said the fa­cil­ity would be ben­e­fi­cial to the wider com­mu­nity.

“The re­de­vel­op­ment of the Kar- ratha Bowl­ing Club, with sup­port from the depart­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sport­ing and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund, pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to en­joy the so­cial and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with be­ing ac­tive,” he said.

“The fa­cil­ity forms part of a sport­ing hub that pro­vides many ben­e­fits to peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Fi­nal plan­ning for the $600,000 pro­ject will be­gin in the first quar­ter of next fi­nan­cial year, with con­struc­tion due to be com­pleted by March, 2017.

Lib­eral Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Mark Lewis said the grants ben­e­fited phys­i­cal and men­tal health in com­mu­ni­ties by pro­mot­ing ac­tive life­styles.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Depart­ment of Sports and Recre­ation re­gional of­fi­cer Mor­gan Mair, Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long, and Bill Messer and Graeme Wilkes from the Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club.

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