Up­grade ush­ers in new era

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

A ma­jor up­grade of fa­cil­i­ties at Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club was launched last week as part of a project ex­pected to rein­vig­o­rate lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in bowls.

Com­ple­tion of the Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club Up­grade Project was cel­e­brated at a com­mu­nity launch event on Sun­day, July 9, at­tended by club mem­bers, State and lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the public.

The up­grades in­clude a new syn­thetic green and the in­stal­la­tion of re­tractable shades de­signed to in­crease use of the green dur­ing warmer months.

Speak­ing at the club’s an­nual car­ni­val the pre­vi­ous week­end, club pres­i­dent Bill Messer said they had des­per­ately needed a new green af­ter the pre­vi­ous sur­face in place for 32 years de­te­ri­o­rated past the point of re­pair.

“The green it­self kind of died — it came to the end of its life and there was so much main­te­nance that we couldn’t get the peo­ple to do the work on it any­more,” he said.

“So we went to the Shire about five years ago and said we’re go­ing to need a new green. We at­tract 100 odd peo­ple here (to the car­ni­val) ev­ery year, so if this had died it would have been a bit of a blow for that sport­ing com­mu­nity.”

Mr Messer chris­tened the new green with its first bowl, fol­lowed by a fun game of scroungers.

The up­grade project was sup­ported by the State Gov­ern­ment through the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation, Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the City of Kar­ratha, and works were car­ried out by eight lo­cal con­trac­tors.

The an­nual Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club Car­ni­val was held at the new green on July 1 and 2 and its cor­po­rate bowls com­pe­ti­tion was due to re­sume yes­ter­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the up­grades or to reg­is­ter a cor­po­rate bowls team, go to kar­rathabowls.my­club.org.au.

Pic­ture: Jen Hourque­bie

City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams, coun­cil­lor Robin Van­den­berg, com­mu­nity project of­fi­cer Jen Hourque­bie, Kar­ratha Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Bill Messer and Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel.

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