AFTER missing out on federal funding during the sports rorts scandal, Mount Lawley Bowling Club has nabbed some state cash to synthesise one of its greens.
The club had applied for $423,000 of federal money to replace the lawns with synthetic greens, which are hardier, use less water and aren’t susceptible to turf mites.
Despite the application being rated as highly deserving and the club offering to kick in $40,000 of its own, then-sports minister Bridget McKenzie (or someone in her office) knocked it back and instead gave money to projects in marginal electorates where Coalition candidates were in with a chance to win.
This week the bowls club nabbed a more modest $61,000 through the state sports department’s small grants program. That’ll allow for one synthetic green.
Club president Terry Conley said in a statement: “We’re delighted to get approval for the grant.
“The club’s looking forward to converting the grass to synthetic, which we’ve been trying to do for the past three years and we’re finally able to make that happen.
“It’ll ensure the playing surface is available all year round, and reduce expenses in maintaining the grass, making the club more financially sustainable over the long term.”
Mt Lawley Labor MP Simon Millman said: “Mount Lawley Bowling Club is such an important community hub, with an incredibly rich history.”
By DAVID BELL