Sport and Recreation | October 27, 2022

New green for Balmoral Bowling Club

Balmoral Bowling Club members will see their strong advocacy for a new synthetic grass bowling green pay off, with The Nationals committing to make this a reality if elected in November.

A $200,000 grant will see the current green replaced with a new synthetic grass surface that the club can use all year-round, in all conditions.

The commitment was announced by the Member for Lowan and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Emma Kealy during a visit to the Balmoral Bowling Club today.

“The Balmoral Bowling Club is a progressive club and a popular meeting place in town,” she said.

“The existing green was installed in 2010 and is deteriorating at a fast rate, with a recent inspection report rating the surface as average to poor.

“Any further deterioration in its condition will jeopardise the ability of the club to continue to host pennant matches and tournaments, both of which attract local and interstate players, generating local business trade.”

Ms Kealy said that The Nationals were committed to supporting grassroots sport in rural and regional Victoria.

“The Andrews Labor Government must recognise that families in rural Victoria deserve access to quality sporting facilities just as much as families living in Melbourne,” she said.

“Rural and regional Victoria have been ripped off by Labor for far too long.

“Last year just 13.4 per cent of the state’s infrastructure spend was directed to rural and regional Victoria, and only 11 per cent the year before.

“With 25 per cent of Victoria’s population living in rural and regional Victoria, we deserve no less than 25 per cent of the state’s new infrastructure budget.

“If elected to government in November, The Nationals regional infrastructure guarantee will ensure rural and regional Victorians get their fair share of infrastructure funding so projects like a new synthetic grass bowling green for the Balmoral Bowling Club can become a reality.”

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