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Funding rolls in for bowls clubs

TWO bowls clubs on the Eastern Shore are set to benefit from new funding made available through the Tasmanian Government’s Sport and Recreation Grant Program 2016-17.

A major grant of $80,000 has been awarded to the Cremorne Bowls Club, which will use the funding to install a new synthetic green to improve access to safe and quality participation at the club.

The new surface will be rubber-backed and more comfortable for players to use, helping to reduce joint pain and tiredness.

It will meet the standards required for pennant bowls, which is expected to result in an increase in pennant players and in junior and social bowls participation.

Liberal Member for Franklin, Jacquie Petrusma, who paid a visit to the club recently, said the existing 23-year-old green posed a potential safety risk for participants.

“These funds will ensure the Cremorne community can enjoy the use of a new synthetic green that is more conducive to competitive bowls,” she said.

A portion of the funds will also go towards the installation of a moveable ramp, which will provide wheelchair access to the green.

The Howrah Bowls Club is also enjoying a new lease of life after receiving funding of $2,700 through the latest round of grants.

The club, which unveiled its new $1.5 million state-of-the-art facility in October 2016, has purchased 20 new sets of bowls that will replace the decade-old bowl sets previously in use.

Howrah Bowls Club men’s committee vice-president Stephen Foster said that the club wanted to provide modern bowls to ensure members and guests were experiencing “the best game possible.”

“The older bowls take a much wider line, have no grips and are all black, which makes playing much more difficult and time consuming,” he said.

“The newer bowls, however, come in a range of sizes and colours and take a much narrower line, which means you can play weighted shots.

“A new set of bowls costs between $400 and $600, so we needed some extra help to make this happen.”

Mr Foster said it was “fantastic” to have received the grant and that the club was “very pleased” with the prospect of the new equipment.

“Our new equipment can now be utilised by anyone who comes in for a game, be it our members or the general public,” he said.

“In a couple more years, we will hopefully apply for another grant to expand our equipment range even further.”

The Tasmanian Government’s Sport and Recreation grants program is aimed at encouraging Tasmanians to participate in sport and recreational activities.

Ms Petrusma said the grants could be used towards sporting equipment or the development and improvement of facilities or playing surfaces that directly benefit sport and recreation clubs and improve opportunities for Tasmanians to get active.

“Local sport and recreation clubs are an important component of the Tasmanian community, providing places to be social, active and develop skills,” she said.

The grants program is administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Communities, Sport and Recreation.

Caption: Liberal Member for Franklin, Jacquie Petrusma, with members of the Cremorne Bowls and Community Club, who are looking forward to having a bowl on the new green, which will be installed later this year.