Kev saves the greens
Tuesday, 27th March, 2018
By Kara de Groot
The North Bowls Club will receive almost $300,000 to save their green.
The club’s bowling greens had been under attack by the ground pearl insect, which destroys the roots of grass, and had spread to both greens, leaving large patches of dirt in its wake.
The club applied for funding to replace the ravaged grass with a synthetic grass carpet, and it was announced on Friday their application had been successful.
North Bowls Club president, Ivan Read, said they had approached Barwon MP Kevin Humphries some time ago regarding funding and he had told them about the upcoming state government Infrastructure Grants Program.
He said it was great news to know there was hope for their green.
“The bottom green was infested with ground pearl, we don’t know how it got in there,” Mr Read said.
“It’s very common up in Queensland and they don’t know how to kill it there, and then it got into our top green too,” he said.
“It takes a lot of money to get a synthetic green, but once it’s put down it will last at least eight or nine years, and if we can get a sun cover it’ll last a lot longer.
“We need to bring the turf company back in so we can get things started, hopefully everything will go well.”
Mr Humphries said the North Bowls Club, as a club welcoming all members of the Broken Hill community, was very deserving of the $294,000 in grant money.
He said the decision to put down a synthetic surface would also save the club in water costs, maintenance work and reduce the need for costly and uncertain pest treatments.
“When the new synthetic green is in place, they will again be able to conduct tournaments and encourage players from outside the region and this will contribute tourist dollars to the Far West economy,” Mr Humphries said.
“The club provides the opportunity for community members, some who may not be able to participate in other activities due to health problems, to participate in physical activities and social engagement,” he said.
“This is particularly so for our ageing population and is very beneficial to their well-being.”