Funds roll in for new green

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Alison O’Con­nor

Nagam­bie bowlers will be the envy of the re­gion when a new premier syn­thetic turf green is in­stalled at the club.

The syn­thetic car­pet will re­place the club’s grass green, which has been van­dalised by birds.

‘‘Twelve months ago when an in­flux of corella birds se­verely dam­aged the sur­face, only seven years af­ter hav­ing been laid down — and un­able to claim in­sur­ance due to these birds be­ing classed as ver­min, the club set about do­ing some se­ri­ous fundrais­ing,’’ club sec­re­tary Fiona Smith said.

‘‘This paid big div­i­dends for the club and this is a huge re­sult for Nagam­bie Bowls Club.

‘‘This will al­low the club to grow, pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity and bowl­ing fra­ter­nity with a great venue and play­ing sur­face in the fu­ture.’’

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide $143 000 in com­mu­nity sports in­fras­truc­ture fund­ing, while the rest of the fund­ing for the $233 000 pro­ject will come from Strath­bo­gie Shire, Bendigo Bank (Nagam­bie branch), DPR In­sur­ance and the club.

‘‘This is an ex­cit­ing pro­ject sup­ported by the La­bor Gov­ern­ment that will give the Nagam­bie Bowl­ing Club, its mem­bers and com­peti­tors from other clubs the best sur­face to play on,’’ Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said.

‘‘This fund­ing boost from the La­bor Gov­ern­ment will go a long way to sup­port­ing the Nagam­bie Bowl­ing Club, pro­vide year-round bowl­ing with­out the main­te­nance and will hope­fully en­cour­age peo­ple in the area to swing a bowl on the new green.

‘‘Nagam­bie is renowned for its beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and peo­ple like to en­joy the out­doors, so I am sure these new in­vest­ments will be well utilised.’’

● The new Goul­burn Val­ley Bowls Divi­sion week­end pen­nant sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing for the Lak­ers and with it comes the re­turn of one of their own to the air­waves.

Brian Nis­bet’s bowls show on 98.5 OneFM starts to­day at 8 am.

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