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Bourke Bowling Club builds for the future

Concept drawings of bowling green. Photo BBC/Greenline

Tricia Duffield

The Bourke Bowling Club will boast a brand new, state-of-the-art green next year, and the upgraded facilities will also include full shade coverage and an enlarged verandah, making it a destination for bowlers and a cool and comfortable oasis for the entire community.

Bourke Bowling Club President Mark O’Shannessy said the old ‘Bakery green’ had been removed to make way for what will eventually be a fully synthetic surface under cover.

“We’re in stage one of the upgrade at the moment, with the removal of the green and we are just waiting for development approval to move onto the next phase of the upgrade,” Mr O’Shannessy said.

“That next step will be the covers, which go in first and which will give us a fully covered green.

“That will make a big difference because if it’s pouring with rain we can still play. If a team travels all the way from Dubbo for a pennants game for example, we don’t have to call of the game if it’s raining.

“It also means in the long term we can have kids involved in the sport and in summer they’ll be in the shade.

“Bourke will be one of the first clubs in the western division to have a fully covered synthetic and natural grass bowling green, so we will stand out for a while, which will be good,” he said.

Bourke bowlers will also have a competitive edge, with the choice of a natural or synthetic surface to play on, meaning they will be prepared and practised on either surface when they visit other clubs to compete.

“A lot of clubs are going with synthetic greens now,” Mr O’Shannessy said. “With full cover, there is no direct sunlight so synthetic greens are really the best option.

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