Tugun Bowls Club to Get Playing

28 Mar 2013 3:23 PMJann Stuckey

 28 March 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has congratulated the Tugun Bowls and Community Club for receiving over $92,000 in funding under the Newman Government’s Get Playing initiative that has provided $18 million in grassroots funding.

“Get Playing is an initiative of the LNP’s Get in the Game program which is designed to get more young people playing sport and involved in recreation activities,” Ms Stuckey said.

“More than 80 Queensland clubs, including the Tugun Bowls club, will receive grants up to $100,000 to improve infrastructure and facilities.

“The Tugun Bowls Club will receive funding of over $92,000 to upgrade ditches on their greens to support lawn bowls on the southern Gold Coast.  There are 3 greens, 40 metres long and these upgrades will require concrete to be laid and levelled and will ensure the safety of the bowling greens.

“Established in the early 1960’s the club now has around 350 bowling members and over 500 social members, making it an important part of our local community.

“Encouraging young people through working with schools is going to be a focus of the club over the coming months as they look at getting more young people involved in playing bowls.

Tugun Bowls Club Chairman Colin Billinghurst said this funding would be good for the whole community not just the players.

“Safety of the greens is so important and with the funding to upgrade our ditches we will be able to ensure it remains a safe place to play lawn bowls.  This is a great initiative that will hopefully bring more people to our club,” Mr Billinghurst said.

“Local sporting and recreation clubs in Currumbin are the fabric of our community and with this funding we’re encouraging more young people to play sport and get involved in recreational activities,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Newman Government is ensuring local clubs will be improved with an array of upgrades, installations and new construction projects all made possible through Get Playing.”

A full list of the 83 clubs who have received grants through the first funding round is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame or by calling 1300 656 191.

A second Get in the Game funding round will open in July 2013.