Grants grow bowls and community club in Brighton

THE State Government recently handed $50,000 to help in the newly established Brighton Bowls and Community Club.

The State Government’s funding was welcomed by Brighton Council.

At the Tasmanian Government presentation rear, from left, Mark Shelton MP, Cr Moya Jeffries, Cr Peter Geard, Cr Barbara Curran, and Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor. Seated, Mayor Tony Foster, with Ross Howard, president Brighton Bowls and Community Club, and Guy Barnett MP.

Earlier this year, a special general meeting of the Bowls Club voted unanimously to alter its constitution and club name, and admit non-bowling members.

The move was encouraged by Brighton Council which identified a need for a broader-based club and expanded facilities to cater for a wider cross-section of the local community. The club developed a $600,000 project to construct the additional facilities.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said Brighton Council had committed $200,000 in this year’s budget to support the project.

“With the club’s financial commitment, State Government support and Council funding, the project is rapidly becoming a reality,” Cr Foster said.

“As two of our local Lyons MPs, Guy Barnett and Mark Shelton have strongly supported this development and I am pleased that they were able to hand over the funds.

“The club will provide a great focal point for the Brighton community and while lawn bowls will remain an important activity, it will also cater for other groups, interests and pursuits.

“New signage is already in place identifying it as the Brighton Bowls and Community Club and this is just the beginning.

“New ventures could include exercise groups, yoga and computer introduction for seniors, social gatherings for new mothers and their young children, craft sessions and a range of other community activities.”

Cr Foster said the establishment of the Brighton Bowls and Community Club was an important initiative and would enhance the future of the club itself, while providing valuable facilities and recreation for the community.

“The State Government support for this endeavour is welcomed and appreciated,” he said.

President, Ross Howard has committed the Club to also providing financial input to the project.

“Members are acutely aware of the need to provide an expanded suite of activities, not only for our present members, but also for other groups within the community. We envisage several new activities being provided, perhaps including exercise, yoga and computer introduction for seniors, social gatherings for new mothers and their young children, craft sessions and lots more,” Mr Howard said.

“Obviously, if we can recruit some of the new users to become bowlers, that would be the ideal outcome,” he said.

Plans for the proposed development can be viewed at the Club. Social bowls is conducted on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and social drinks and nibbles on Friday evenings. Any of those times present a great opportunity for people to inspect the existing facilities and meet some of the present members.

The various categories of membership are:

Full membership: (allows playing in pennant teams, Saturday and mid week, use of the facilities, including greens and clubhouse) the cost is $226.

Social bowling membership: (can use greens on social days, could play in pennant in emergency circumstances, use of facilities) $146.

Junior playing member: (young people who are playing in pennant teams and use of facilities) $58.

Social member: (use of club house and invited use of green) $12.

People can call into the club or phone, 6268 1325  for an application form, which goes before the committee, or contact President Ross Howard 6268 1749.