FOR weeks we have been watching an intriguing construction taking shape over the greens at the Sebastopol Bowling Club and according to Murray Rowe Chairman of the Board of Management completion is only a short time away.
The works are part of a major upgrade at the club and includes a roof structure and new synthetic green.
“Under cover will be an 8 rink green,” he said. “The construction has been made by Lightweight Constructions, who come from Queensland, and MakMax.”
Prior to commencing work at the Club a visit was made to Morwell as well as interstate, to view similar constructions already in use.
“The Morwell Bowling Club also chose Lightweight Constructions and keeping in mind you get all the coal dust, apparently the first shower of rain just washes it all off,” Mr Rowe said. “The roof is Teflon and it comes from France and is probably the first in Australia, although Bartlett’s may have done a few small blind jobs with it.” The cost of the project is in excess of $1.3M and includes the structure, the greens, and the water tank. “You either sit on your hands and do nothing or you promote your club. We hope we’ll get more bowlers out of this,” Mr Rowe added.
With the works close to completion Mr Rowe said the next thing is the concreting, installation of the green and the erection of a fence.
“It’s a big thing for Ballarat and while it won’t keep the cold out it will keep the rain and sun off,” he said. “We are hoping to have our first bowl under cover sometime in September in time for the pennant season, which starts the first week in October and if it’s not late September it will be early October.”
The club sees the money spent as an investment for the future and hope to improve the popularity of the already busy club. “The food is popular and we are fortunate we have a very active general manager, who the board supports and follow his advice,” Mr Rowe said.
“If anyone is interested in learning about bowls they can contact either president, Mens President Colin Neve or Ladies PresidentAileen Sainty, and you will be made most welcome. Even if you don’t play bowls, but you want to come and have a look through the club, please do so.”