Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee visited the Canowindra Bowling Club for the official turning on of the new irrigation system for the greens.
After pausing a game of women’s bowls the ladies all stood with Andrew Gee patiently awaiting the official opening of the sprinklers. After everybody was slightly refreshed the bowlers were back to business as usual.
The new sprinkler systems installed at the Bowling Club was made possible through a $12,200 grant from the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.
The Stronger Communities Programme funded small capital projects, which will deliver social benefits by supporting community participation and contributing to the vibrancy and viability of communities.
Mr Gee said, “The Canowindra Bowling Club is a central part of the local commu- nity, providing a place for locals to come together and enjoy its sporting facilities.”
The new sprinkler system is a great asset to the Canowindra Bowling Club and it “will hopefully draw more bowlers to come get involved now that they have a higher quality green,” Mr Gee said.
The sprinkler system is set up to maximize water use and to minimise water wastage.
Councilor Kevin Walker explained, “there are eight irrigation stations placed around the green and they turn on automatically at 2am which minimises evaporation”.
President of the Canowindra Women’s Bowls Betty Jenkins said, “The new sprinkler system has improved the quality of the greens allowing bowlers to improve on their skills more. It has made it a more reliable green and it will allow us to compete with other towns with the same standards.”
Bowling has already started to pick up with Friday night barefoot bowls filling up the greens creating a great atmosphere for all to enjoy.