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Sunday, January 22, 2006

New Turf To Improve The Roll At Bridport Bowls Club - Jim Cox, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

New Turf To Improve The Roll At Bridport Bowls Club - Jim Cox, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Bridport Bowls Club is entering a new era for year-round competition helped with State funding for a synthetic green to replace the lawn rinks.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Jim Cox has presented the Club with funding of $55,000 to help the project proceed.

“The installation of a new synthetic green will reduce the time and money spent on maintenance and will enable members to enjoy it all year round.

“This is fantastic for the club’s competitive members and will hopefully encourage more locals to visit the club for a social bowl.”

Mr Cox said that the Facilities Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible organisations to develop quality facilities that meet the sport and recreation needs of the community.

“The Facilities Grant Program will distribute more than $1.1 million to 58 projects throughout the State during 2005-06.

“The Facilities Grant Program provides grants of up to $200,000 for new and existing facility developments, with funds made available through the Community Support Levy.

“The State Government is committed to the development of a strong and vibrant sport and recreation industry that is capable of supporting Tasmania’s physical activity needs now and well into the future,” Mr Cox said.

The Bridport Bowls Club president, Michael Furlonge, said the synthetic green would be a great advantage.

“Our mild climate at Bridport means there are many winter days when people could use the green if wasn’t being rested under greenkeeper’s orders.

“It will add to the season and hopefully bring new members to the club and visitors who can enjoy a game in the usual off season.”

Mr Cox said Bridport had always enjoyed a reputation as a summer holiday spot, and, with developments like the nearby Barnbougle Dunes golf links, visitors and locals alike were seeing the potential of spending time actively enjoying the town at other times of the year.




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