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Kapunda Bowling Club on the move

Kapunda Bowling Club on the move

Another chapter has begun in the long history of Kapunda Bowling Club.

The first game of lawn bowls in South Australia was played in Kapunda back in 1876 and now work has begun on the fourth clubroom in the Kapunda Bowling Club’s history.

Only the second of its type in South Australia, the unique $1.1 million bowls “stadium” with roof  measuring 55m x 52 m, synthetic green and modern clubrooms is now well underway.

The facility is the final piece to making Dutton Park a central sporting hub for the district with all major sporting clubs now located in the one area.

President of the Kapunda Bowling Club, Mr Geoff Redden, said the building project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2015/2016 bowls season and will further  enhance the town’s strong sporting reputation.

“It has been a long held belief of many players and citizens that all sporting bodies be in the one central location…For the KBC this  has now come to fruition,” said Mr Redden.

He said the concept of an undercover synthetic bowling green at Dutton Park was first considered about seven years ago with the Club’s first attempt to move from its existing site to  Dutton Park five years ago being unsuccessful.

After many meetings, a small but persistent committee, lead by Mr Phil Voumard, Project Coordinator and Mr Trevor Leslie as Treasurer, met with Light Regional Council’s Mr James Miller, General Manager Economic Development and Mr John Shane, Special Projects Officer  to discuss the feasibility of the project.

The Kapunda Bowling Club is fully funding the building project and Mr Redden was keen to make that point clear.

“There is a perception within the community that the Light Regional Council is financing this project for the Kapunda Bowling Club.  It must be understood that this
is an incorrect assumption,” said Mr Redden.

“The Light Regional Council purchased the existing Bowling Club facility and a loan for the extra funds required to complete the project have been obtained through the South Australian Local Government Finance Authority,” he said.

Local builder, Mr Peter Costello is the supervising contractor and along with other local tradespeople and club volunteers, the project is on track to being completed on time.

“We’re hoping it will be finished around August this year, all going well,” said Mr Redden.

“The new undercover synthetic green bowling facility will provide the opportunity for all people young and old to have the chance to experience the game of bowls all year round.

“We believe that this will be a major boost for Kapunda as it will attract many visitors from regions outside of the town.”