Come rain, hail or shine, the game is set to go on at the Wallerawang Community and Sports Club.
The inclement weather being experienced across the region has made it tough for outdoor recreation sports, but a funding announcement by Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has made the sun shine for members of the local club.
Mr Toole said the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund would make available $170,000 for the Wallerawang Community and Sports Club to replace its synthetic bowling green with a new artificial surface.
“The old synthetic bowling green is 16 years old and at the time was installed to replace the previous grass greens, but clearly it has now seen better days,” he said.
“Not only does the synthetic grass top layer need to be renewed, but so does the underlay that it sits on.”
According to Walleraway Community and Sports Club general manager Steve Jackson the earth base of the green had also been damaged pand significantly affected during the recent heavy rains.
“We have been guided by experts in this field as to the solution we need and replacement of the underlay and playing surface and refurbishment of the earth base are needed to return to a satisfactory playing medium,” he said.
Mr Toole said the club is at the heart of the local community and is a place where locals meet to socialise, hold events and enjoy a game of bowls.
He noted the NSW Government had also provided funding of $30,000 for the construction of a new awning on the front verandah of the club to provide shelter outside the new function and eatery section.
“The upgrade added more outdoor space to the club and has complimented the work on the extensions that have also included a new kitchen and bar area, servicing the club’s patrons in both the main bar and the new function/auditorium area,” he said.
“As a result of the awning addition, the entire front of the club has a shaded area which is very popular during the warmer weather.”