Then Liberal candidate for Stirling Vince Connelly announced during the election that he was backing grassroots sporting groups in Yokine, with a re-elected Morrison Government to invest $180,000 in a new synthetic playing surface and shelter upgrade at the Yokine Districts Bowling Club.
Mr Connelly announced the funding commitment, which will support the club to replace the existing bowling green which has deteriorated in the weather and is beyond repair.
The funding will also allow for the replacement of an outdoor shelter to ensure spectators are protected from harsh weather.
Mr Connelly said he’s proud to support the project which will enable the club to operate all-year-round.
“The Yokine Districts Bowling Club has long sought funding to install a new, safe playing surface to ensure its financial viability and longevity,” Mr Connelly said.
“I’m pleased to relieve this burden from the club and hope the project will foster the game of bowls in our community by increasing participation and encouraging more people to take up the sport.”
The Yokine Districts Bowling Club has been operating for nearly 60 years and the upgrade will benefit Club members as well as local residents, who regularly use the clubhouse as a venue for community social events.
Club President Colin Guelfi said “The upgrading of the playing surface allows us to play 365 days a year, and expand our community engagement through our barefoot bowls nights which attracts people from the surrounding area who are not club members. Without the artificial surface, we are unable to play anytime the surface is damp “
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said the Morrison Government is committed to investing in sporting infrastructure across the country.
“Projects like this can have a big impact on boosting the local economy and enhancing social cohesiveness,” Senator Reynolds said.
“These upgrades will ensure the local community in Yokine has access to quality facilities, supporting grassroots sport and making it easier for residents to live active, healthy lives.”
Mr Connelly said funding for the project could only be provided by a Liberals and Nationals Government which had a proven track record when it comes to managing the Budget.
“By paying down debt and growing the economy, we can afford to deliver funding for local sporting clubs such as the Yokine Districts Bowling Club to upgrade their facilities,” Mr Connelly said.
“This is all at risk under Labor and Bill Shorten who pose the greatest risk to Australia’s economy in a generation with plans for $387 billion in new taxes on small and family businesses, retirees, housing, income, investments, electricity and cars.”