Grant to make golf club greener
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.
Department of Sports and Recreation regional officer Morgan Mair, Karratha Mayor Peter Long, and Bill Messer and Graeme Wilkes from the Karratha Bowling Club.