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Turning of sod for Howrah indoor bowls facility

CONSTRUCTION of stage one of an indoor bowls facility at Howrah Bowls Club has begun in earnest with the turning of the first sod on 19 January 2016.

Clarence City Council has provided more than $1 million towards the project with financial commitments of $510,000 by the Howrah Bowls Club and an $80,000 grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) Sport and Recreation Division.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said he was pleased to see the commencement of the indoor bowls facility and the expansion of the Howrah Bowls Club.

“These works would not have been possible without the financial assistance and support of the Howrah Bowls Club and the DPAC Sport and Recreation Division who have contributed greatly to this project and I thank them for their support,” he said.

“It is exciting to see another sport and recreation facility being constructed in the city, along with a skate park at Kangaroo Bay, a stage, amphitheatre and public amenities at Simmons Park in Lindisfarne, and change rooms at Wentworth Park Sports Complex.”

Stage one of the project involves the construction of a large 50-metre by 42-metre building with basic fit out.

Further works are to be undertaken by the Howrah Bowls Club to complete the installation of the timber floor and the bowls carpet. These items will bring the overall costing for the project to around $1.521 million.

Howrah Bowls Club secretary Michael Matthews said the club was “very excited” to see the building’s construction underway, marking the culmination of four-years of hard work.

“The centre will ensure Howrah Bowls Club members and the broader community have access to a world class lawn bowling facility all year round. This will mean players can participate in a healthy lifestyle activity year round ensuring engagement and social inclusion within the community,” he said.

Mr Matthews said the facility would attract state and national competitions bringing income into the community for local businesses.

“The facility will also be able to cater for extended competitions and social events that will include bowls programs for school groups, inter-club competitions and special events.”

The facility is expected to be completed in June 2016.