A re-elected Liberal-Nationals Government will contribute $500,000 for the installation of new synthetic greens at the Wonthaggi Bowling Club.
The need to change to synthetic has come about as a result of the unforeseen rise in the cost of maintaining and managing the grass greens at the club, and the announcement was warmly received by the Wonthaggi bowlers.
And last Saturday, the Member for Bass, Brian Paynter committed the Coalition to part-funding the work.
According to a statement by the club, the dramatic rise in costs is unsustainable to the club if members are to continue their sport but a new synthetic playing surface will resolve this issue and enable play to continue through the winter months as well.
Mr Paynter made his commitment to the Wonthaggi Bowls Club at the annual Wonthaggi versus Inverloch derby event.
“I have raised this issue before in the past to support the local sporting clubs and I am honoured to make this announcement today,” Mr Paynter said.
“Previously players have not been able to play in winter months and the cost of maintaining the grass was high. With this funding members will be able to enjoy the green all year round.”
The new synthetic greens will provide greater participation opportunities for families, school children, women and people with disabilities.
Due to growth in the Wonthaggi area and predicted future growth, the club is looking to provide increased participation in the sport.
Member for Bass Brian Paynter has worked with the Wonthaggi Bowls Club for a number of years in support of the members and the facilities.