TANUNDA Bowling Club has hit the jack-pot after securing an $180,000 loan from Barossa Council to help replace two of its existing greens.
The club, in collaboration with council, will commence a $317,000 green replacement program in mid-January, and will exchange one of its existing artificial turf greens and one natural grass green, for two new artificial greens.
Tanunda Bowling Club president Bradley Pech said it was a fantastic outcome following long-time discussions with council, which owns the land.
“The council wanted to do its big park redevelopment already, so we saw that, and we then explained that we needed to upgrade at least one of our greens,” he said.
“Then, through conversations with council, and with what its grand plans were, we decided to replace two.
“We are lucky; I think, like most, councils do get behind the bowling clubs and are usually very supportive.”
The replacement project will help attract higher level games to the Barossa, similar to those that are already on the calendar for other local venues.
Barossa Mayor Bob Sloane said council was pleased to assist the project.
“Council has a long history of providing support to local sporting clubs to facilitate loans on their behalf, or acting as guarantor,” he said.
“The expansion of the Tanunda Bowling Club will complement a range of proposed improvements to the park that have been identified as part of ‘The Big Project’ and are currently being prioritised and costed.
“In this case, council’s support of $180,000 will deliver a $317,000 green replacement program, which is a fantastic community outcome.”
The works are expected to be completed by the end of February, and are not anticipated to have a major impact on the club’s home game schedule.