Nagambie Bowls Club will be on the itinerary of every avid bowler in Victoria, thanks to the official opening of the club’s new synthetic green.
The recently installed premier synthetic turf green is the jewel in the crown for the popular bowls club.
Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the project would pay dividends for the local bowling community, as well as tourists visiting the region.
The club’s grass green was extensively damaged and vandalised by an influx of wild birds and due to insurance companies classifying them as vermin, a claim was unable to be paid.
Cr McClaren said extensive fundraising by the club, as well as a Victorian Government grant of $143,000 and injection of money from Strathbogie Shire, the Bendigo Bank Nagambie Branch and DPR Insurance, completed the $233,000 project.
“The new bowls green utilising synthetic turf will ensure Nagambie bowlers and visitors can use it year-round,’’ she said.
“There will be less maintenance involved in the upkeep of the green and there will no chance of any further damage from birds.
“This new investment will encourage more people in the community to take up bowls, it will pay dividends for the local club into the future, as bowling provides some important social connections for participants.”
Cr McClaren said the official opening of the greens would give members and competitors the best possible surface available to play on.
Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources, the Hon. Jaclyn Symes MP officially opened the new green.