That sinkhole feeling

The York Bowling Club greens have been roped off pending an investigation into the cause of sinkholes.
The York Bowling Club greens have been roped off pending an investigation into the cause of sinkholes.

When the groundwork began at the site of the new bowling greens two years ago, a resident, who does not wish to be named, made a Freedom of Information application to the Shire of York to see the drainage plans but was refused.

The resident said the sinkholes had appeared despite the Shire spending ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ on the new greens.

Shire of York president Matthew Reid, who was not a member of the council when the bowling greens were constructed, said the Shire was aware an area of the greens had subsided.

‘The Shire is investigating it and our works manager will report back to the council,’ he said.

‘The location of any significant pipelines under a bowling green is not ideal. It is a less than ideal location for the pipes.

‘The council is concerned about the issue and will apply suitable resources to ensure it is resolved before the start of the next bowls season.’

Mr Reid said that once the works manager had completed his investigation, the Shire would work on a long-term solution for the greens.

Another York resident and member of the bowling club, who also did not wish to be named, said he was amazed when he saw the pipeline go in during the site works two years ago.

‘You can’t put stormwater pipes under a bowling green. The soil is going somewhere,’ he said.

‘All the holes have appeared along the line of the pipe. It first occurred between the two greens then another hole appeared in the past few weeks.’