Bowl­ing club opens green to all abil­i­ties

South Western Times - - News -

Play­ers of all abil­i­ties will be able to hit the green at Bun­bury Bowl­ing Club, with a new wheelchairac­ces­si­ble bowl­ing green ready for use.

The club is more ac­ces­si­ble than ever thanks to the $300,000 project.

The wheel­chair-friendly up­grades in­clude an au­to­matic door to the club­house, ramps to the bowl­ing greens, the lev­el­ling of out­side paving ar­eas and new fenc­ing and gates.

The State Gov­ern­ment pro­vided $200,000 for the project and the club con­trib­uted the rest, along with inkind sup­port and help from Re­trav­i­sion Bun­bury.

Pres­i­dent Greg Slavin said the club was “de­lighted” with the up­grades.

“It’s been a great win for the club and the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The project started with an idea to get WA iS­ports mem­bers onto the green.

The club al­ready has two teams lined up for the cor­po­rate bowls sea­son and chair­woman Al­li­son Bur­nett said it was a pos­i­tive step.

“It re­duces bar­ri­ers to en­able peo­ple to be part of sports where they’re not iso­lated,” Ms Bur­nett said.

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch said the bowl­ing club’s project was a great ex­am­ple of the city’s com­mit­ment to in­clu­sive sports.

“It is a great club and its ac­tiv­i­ties and events will now be ac­ces­si­ble to even more mem­bers of our com­mu­nity, thanks to the hard work of the club and sup­port from the McGowan Gov­ern­ment,” Mr Punch said.

Pic­ture: Kate Field­ing

Bun­bury Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Greg Slavin, Sport Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray, bowl­ing club sec­re­tary Lau­rie Blur­ton and Bun­bury MLA Don Punch watched Bun­bury res­i­dent Me­lanie Mile­ham bowl on the green.

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