A new synthetic green at Club Lithgow has been put to the test over the weekend with the first competition taking place on the new surface.
A NSW Government grant of $192,613 made the upgrade from a natural green to synthetic possible so that bowlers will be able to play year round no matter the weather and reduce maintenance costs for the club.
Member for Bathurst and NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole was there to officially open the new green at the popular local club over the weekend.
He was joined by Club Lithgow bowlers, members of the board of directors and staff.
Mr Toole said the installation of a synthetic green will have several benefits for club members and visitors, including women and children.
“A synthetic green is safe for children and pets, drought resistant, provides water savings, saves on maintenance costs and doesn't need harsh chemicals for upkeep,” he said.
“As well, it can be used all year round for a range of other sporting activities, but most importantly of all, it’s cost effective and long lasting.”
Mr Toole said the funding follows on from a grant of almost $100,000 from the NSW Government which allowed Club Lithgow to construct an alfresco recreation and barbecue area.
“These improvements, opened in March last year, have been well received, benefitting the 150 regular bowlers and more than 4000 club members,” he said.