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City Oval Bowl's Club
synthetic green – ready to roll
Ballarat’s bowlers will now be able to bowl all-year-round using the City Oval
Bowling Club’s new synthetic green. The $262,000 upgrade replaced the
grass on one of its three greens with a new synthetic surface.
Competed in April 2011, the project received $90,000 from the City Oval
Bowling Club ($70,000 in funding, $20,000 in in-kind works) and $60,000
from the Victorian Government.
The City of Ballarat contributed $112,000 to the project – $49,000 to prepare
the green, $40,000 to install the new synthetic surface and $23,000 for
excavation around site, fencing and signs.
Located on Sturt Street in Ballarat's City Oval sports precinct, this important
social and community facility is based in an ageing demographic area and is
approximately three kilometres from the nearest lawn bowls club.
The City Oval Men’s Bowling Club was built in 1925 and the Ladies' Bowling
Club established in 1930. Around 1,000 bowlers use the club each year.
The synthetic green will allow Ballarat Regional Bowls Association competitions
to be conducted all year, rather than for just six to eight months of the year.
The club hopes that the new synthetic green will create new opportunities
such as corporate bowling and barefoot bowling.
The club also hopes that the new green will attract new members and encourage
higher participation form current members all year round.
The new synthetic surface is expected to save the club more than 500,000
kilolitres of water, equating to $15,000 in savings per annum on water costs
and other turf management practises. The club will use the expenditure savings
to maintain the new surface.
Buninyong tennis Centre
After years of planning, preparation and work, the much-anticipated
Buninyong Tennis Centre is almost complete.
The project was jointly funded through the City of Ballarat’s capital works
budget and a $50,000 contribution by the Buninyong and District Tennis
Starting in late 2011, the $474,345 project constructed eight new acr ylic-
coated courts and installed lighting for four courts. The Tennis Australia
rebate will now allow for all eight courts to be lit.
The project received a boost in February 2011 when Tennis Australia
announced a $48,000 rebate.
The Buninyong Tennis Centre is the largest tennis association in the Ballarat
region. Managed by the Buninyong and District Tennis Association, it also
operates nine asphalt courts.
Located in two fenced-off enclosures, the new courts were built partly on
existing court land and the rest on vacant land to the east of the asphalt
In addition to increasing community use of the site’s facilities and courts,
the centre now has the capacity to host regional competition events.
The centre is a key deliverable from the 2005 Tennis Development Strategy
and was developed after a feasibility study and business plan process.
Above: City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher tries out the new synthetic
green at the City Oval
Below: Cr Des Hudson inspects the new courts at the Buninyong Tennis Centre
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