Relocation funding sought by City before Melville Bowling Club agreed to move

Relocation funding sought by City before Melville Bowling Club agreed to move

THE City of Melville applied for funding to help relocate two bowling clubs before the Melville Bowling Club had agreed to move.

The City’s lawn bowls strategy was approved and endorsed by the council in October last year.

Under the strategy, the Melville and Mt Pleasant bowling clubs would move to a proposed sporting hub in Tompkins Park.

Before the strategy was endorsed, the City applied for funding last September under the State Government’s Annual and Forward Planning Grants from the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.

“The DSR accepts applications for CSRFF funding prior to formal decisions by local governments,” City of Melville acting chief executive Christine Young said.

The City said it was progressing discussions with all clubs involved to finalise the plans and aimed to complete the project by mid to late 2018.

“Once council approved the bowls strategy and associated recommendations in October 2016, the DSR was notified of this and the funding application could proceed to assessment against the funding criteria,” Ms Young said.

Melville Bowling Club’s full members offered a definitive answer to the City on December 21 when most of 71 members voted to relocate. The Mt Pleasant club supported relocation on September 15.

The City of Melville wants to move the Melville club 300m east of its current site.