MURTOA Bowling Club will have a new synthetic green after securing an $80,000 State Government grant.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty and Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh announced the grant at the club on Sunday.
It will allow the club to convert one of its existing grass greens into a lower-maintenance synthetic surface.
Murtoa Bowling Club president Robert Trotter said the club had been trying to secure funding to change the greens for several years and was pleased to finally secure the money.
“We’ve been working on it for two or three years on and off, but you can only do these things when the government wants to hand out some money and you’re lucky enough to be in the draw,” he said.
Mr Trotter said the conversion to a synthetic surface would help the club save money in the long term.
“The charges for the water and that sort of thing was getting out of hand,” he said.
“The maintenance costs of sprays and chemicals was too high and when you’ve got volunteers it’s hard to get them to work all the time so it’s going to relieve the pressure there.”
Mr Trotter said the club received less funding than it had applied for and would have converted to carpet had it received the full amount.
He said carpet would have been cheaper than synthetic.
He said the club would still maintain one grass green but convert the other to synthetic.
He said members of the club had been split on the decision to convert the green but were warming to the idea.
Mr Delahunty said the new surface would benefit the club well into the future.
“The advantages of this type of playing surface are well recognised by bowlers across the region,” he said.
“With greater numbers of people keen to play bowls, the new synthetic green will enable the club to cater for extra demand and host more local and regional tournaments.”
The club will not receive the funding until the end of this financial year, meaning works will not start for at least a year.