Two of Melbourne’s long-standing bowls clubs are set to have new life breathed into them with support from their state and local governments.
The Glenroy Bowls Club and Port Melbourne Bowling Club can now look forward to year-round enjoyment on new synthetic greens set to replace their old and tired greens.
Glenroy and Port Melbourne will receive close to $500,000 combined in state and local government funding for the provision of new synthetic greens, which will help both clubs keep up with participation demands.
The switch to synthetic surfaces are well overdue for both clubs and will allow them to cater for bowlers of all ages and abilities, creating opportunities to also host more competitions and attract new members.
In announcing the funding, the respective local MPs both spoke of the role each club has played in building the local community and as such, it was time to give back to clubs which had given so much.
Best part about being a Councillor is this. Thanks to Minister @johnerenmp & Council, the Glenroy Bowls Club received $236,925 in Funds for synthetic Greens. Oldest & proudest, but more importantly the most welcoming. Congrats Brian, Richard, Chris, Sarah @pholtschke Members. pic.twitter.com/juKUYs91wN
— Cr Oscar Yildiz JP (@oscaryildiz70) January 25, 2018
Both clubs will now not only have improved facilities for their existing members, but will be able to branch out even further into the local community in delivering junior programs, increase coaching and meet the increasing demand of barefoot bowlers.
Bowls is more popular than ever and so these timely injections from state and local government will ensure the longevity of both clubs well into the future.
The Labor Government’s $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is upgrading local sporting facilities so clubs like Glenroy and Port Melbourne can cater for growing demand and get the facilities they deserve.