Bowls green makeover

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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