Dover Bowls Club to get all-weather synthetic green
Bowlers at the Dover Bowls Club will be boosted by the current turf surface being replaced with an all-weather synthetic green thanks to a $200,000 grant through the Federal Liberal Government’s $30 million Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
In announcing the grant, local Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said he hoped the investment would result in more local people becoming active. “The benefits of playing bowls are more than just physical - it is a great sport for community connectedness. Being a member of a bowling club or simply playing lawn bowls socially is a great way to meet new people, fellow players and share time with friends. Finding companionship through bowling can ease loneliness in the elderly and those who live alone and this can have significant mental health benefits”.
“It is a key priority of the Liberal Government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active.
Our regional communities need this type of support and I’m pleased that the Liberal Government has seen the need and fulfilled it”.
Replacing the turf green with synthetic will increase playing time and prevent pennant washouts. Additionally, there will be a saving to the Club with reduced maintenance costs.
Senator Abetz said sport played an important role throughout Tasmania and the benefits of the Liberal Government’s investment in the facilities will be felt right across the community.
Dean Young, Liberal for Franklin said as a social sportsman over many years he saw the physical, mental and social benefits of community sporting groups and was pleased this was being recognised by Canberra.