Bowls green makeover
A SERIES of ongoing and planned renovations at the Mossman Memorial Bowls Club has the 50-year old local institution moving with the times.
From humble beginnings where a handful of eager players established a green at the club, it now boasts a healthy membership of 1300 social members and 120 dedicated bowlers.
A $250,000 state-of-the-art bowling green resurfacing is under way to provide players with a greatly improved playing experience.
Club secretary and manager Kevin Rynne said the latest technology would slash the “wasteful” use of water and chemicals needed to maintain the old green.
The club is also looking at putting in a new $100,000 carpark, completing the clubhouse extension and installing a roof over the bowling green to facilitate all-weather play.
All three projects are dependent on council approval, while the proposed bowling green roof would need to be passed by club members at the AGM later this year.
“The carpark would be nice to have by the end of this year but we’ve been told that it can take up to six or eight months to be approved by council,” Mr Rynne said.
“We just have to hope it comes through sooner rather than later - by Christmas or early next year before the wet season turns it into bit of a slosh.”
The proposed roof is estimated to cost almost $1 million, as it would need to be specially constructed with no supports in the middle to allow normal play to continue. Partial clubhouse renovations were recently completed but a masterplan exists for further work to be done.
“Once we received approval for the clubhouse extensions we would have five years to complete it, so it’s a future project,” Mr Rynne said. “If business picks up and there is a need for more clubhouse space, the plans are there.”
Getting a facelift: workers are replacing the green at the Mossman Bowls Club