By VAN RANSLEY
ALMOST 100 members and guests witnessed Rene Hidding, Minister for Police and Emergency Management and Infrastructure, deliver the first official bowl on the Brighton Bowls & Community Club’s new artificial green, after declaring it officially open on late last month.
After club stalwart and former long serving secretary, June Latham had perfectly rolled the first official kitty, the Minister’s bowl was a reasonable attempt for a first effort.
During his opening speech, the Minister congratulated the Club on its initiative, as it transitions from catering for bowls only, to a community entertainment and activity hub.
He was pleased to see the result of the Hodgman Government’s financial contribution through Sport and Recreation’s grant program towards the cost of replacing the green and spoke of the Government’s interest in the Club’s changed strategy, which he noted still required funding support to bring it to completion.
In introducing the minister, club president Ross Howard paid tribute to the present and former club members who had collectively and continuously strived to improve the club’s viability, thereby enabling it to provide the balance of funding for the project, which includes an access ramp enabling the mobility challenged to access the green.
Mr Howard spoke of the immense contribution of the Club’s dedicated volunteers, who through assiduous attention to the previous green had enabled it to be used for almost double its anticipated life.
The club entertained visitors and VIPs, including club sponsors Craig Farrell, MLC, deputy Mayor Barbara Curran; Mark Shelton, MHA and Eric Hutchinson, MHR.