Green light for bowls

Karratha Bowling Club will soon boast a new synthetic green thanks to funding secured last week by the City of Karratha.

The $250,000 secured under the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreational Facilities Fund, will contribute to the development of new synthetic turf to replace the current, aged green and a retractable shade sail to extend seasonal use of the facility.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the upgrades would increase participation in the sport and provide more playable facilities for members and the public.

“The current turf green was installed in 1982 and has passed the term of its useful life with three of the seven lanes currently rendered unplayable,” Cr Long said.

“Installation of this new bowling green will result in increased community participation by providing more space, appropriate resources to bring back popular holiday programs and an overall improvement of the playing surface for competition bowls,” he said.

“The project will also incorporate a retractable shade to extend over the synthetic green, prolonging the life of the new surface and allowing play to occur into the summer months.”

Pilbara Regional Manager for the Department of Sport and Recreation Brendan Cullinan said the facility would be beneficial to groups and individuals right throughout the community.

“The re-development of the Karratha Bowling Club, with support from the Department’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, provides a great opportunity for people to enjoy the social and physical benefits associated with being active,” Mr Cullinan said.

“The facility forms part of a sporting hub that provides many benefits to people of all ages and abilities in the local community,” he added.

Final planning for this $600,000 project will commence in the first quarter of next financial year with construction due to be completed by March 2017.

The City of Karratha will continue to seek further funding from external agencies throughout the planning stages.