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 relocate.

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 relocate 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 for 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 says it is progressing discussions with all clubs involved to finalise the plans, with the aim to complete the project by mid to late 2018.

“Once Council approved the Bowls Strategy and associated recommendations in October 2016, the DSR were notified of this and the funding application could proceed to assessment against the funding criteria.”

Melville Bowling Club’s full members voted on December 21 to relocate.

The Mount Pleasant club supported relocation on September 15.

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

In its place, Wave Park Group has submitted a formal proposal to build URBNSURF Perth – a state-of-the-art wave park with a 2.4ha lagoon expected to attract 300,000 visitors a year.

The wave park project is now attracting opposition from the Alfred Cove Action Group.

The Department of Sport and Recreation offers the CSRFF grants through two rounds of small grants of up to $200,000 total project cost, and one round of Annual and Forward Planning Grants from $200,001 total project cost.

Acting Premier Liza Harvey and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies gathered with Liberal’s endorsed candidate for Bateman Matt Taylor at the Melville Bowling and Recreation Club for a photo opportunity on Tuesday morning to announce the grants with City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey and representatives of both bowling clubs.

“As part of this funding, $700,000 will go towards three new bowling greens, lighting and the refurbishment of the change rooms at new bowling facilities, which will make a huge difference to the bowlers at the Melville Bowling Club and the Mount Pleasant Bowling Club when they co-locate to this site,” Ms Harvey said.

The City of Melville was also given nearly $97,333 for the installation of floodlighting at John Connell Reserve in Leeming.