Mooloolaba Bowls Club celebrate new Federally funded lighting
Mooloolaba Bowls Club is now able to offer additional after dark competition bowls and will introduce an evening league for younger professionals following completion of their new Federally funded lighting. The new competition grade lighting, which was funded last year by a Liberal National Government grant of $60,113, has been installed despite a recent serious fire at the Club.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that the new lighting is an important boost for this much loved local club at a difficult time.
“You could see how important the Mooloolaba Bowls Club is to our community in the way that locals rallied round after last month’s fire. I’m delighted to be here today to see the Club continuing to forge ahead with the Liberal National Government’s support.” Mr Wallace said.
“Bowls is already a popular daylight pastime for many in our local community, and the growth of bare foot bowls suggests that many more will take part in Mooloolaba now that they are able. This Federal Government grant will expand participation among Sunshine Coast locals and provide the opportunity for many more people in Mooloolaba to take part in serious Bowls competition.” Mr Wallace said.
The Club’s new bowling green lights provide four times the illumination, and reach the international standard required for after dark competition. The lights will now allow the Club to achieve its ambition of creating a Business League, and offering competitive opportunities for young professionals and others who cannot take part during the day. The Club hopes to use this new competition to increase membership among younger working people.
Mooloolaba Bowls Club Chair Col Pritchard said “It’s a whole new world for us. Now we can run night time Championships, competitions, and get more people back doing sport and enjoying life. We had our first night last night and the consensus was that people want much more of this. They want to be able to come out at night and enjoy this wonderful sport.”
“The recent fire was devastating at a time when we were really getting on track with the grant and the new lights. It’s going to be a long hard road in the six months ahead but our members are great and all our facilities are now open for trade. We’re hoping that our members and people in the wider Sunshine Coast region will come out and support us at this difficult time.”
The Club’s 42 existing halogen lights were removed as part of the upgrade and have been donated to the Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra to be used in illuminating their popular aviation exhibits. This donation was agreed between the local community groups during Mr Wallace’s Stronger Communities Grants morning tea in March.
Queensland Air Museum Manager of Marketing & Promotions Geoff Smith said “We couldn’t believe our luck. We turned up to Andrew’s office to receive a $20,000 grant and we got chatting to Col. The Club were originally going to sell the lights but they decided that since the new ones had come through a community grant, they would like to donate the old ones back to the community. We had a night time function at the Museum last night and there’s a lot of potential for more. We will be able to use those lights very productively to show our displays to the community much more than we can now. So we’re very grateful.”
Mr Wallace said “It is the Liberal National Party’s strong economic management that has allowed the Government to deliver a Budget surplus, and to invest in projects like this to expand participation in sport and fitness all over the Sunshine Coast.”
For more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program, see https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program