New Undercover Facility at City Memorial Ready for Action

by Kalon Huett (BV Contributor)

Planning for an undercover facility has been on the agenda since Julie Dosser took up the role of General Manager at City Memorial Bowls Club, Warrnambool and now works are complete for the development costing approximately $3 million.

The surface and ditches on the top green have been removed and the green has been  repositioned six metres away from the clubhouse to make way for an undercover alfresco area.

Construction of the PVC membrane roof covering supplied by Lightweight Structures over two of the greens began in February and was completed in April. The roof has been equipped with 88 LED lights over the two greens along with electronic scoreboards.

An alfresco area along with extensive concrete paving around the two greens and new walls/fences have also been incorporated into the development. A new BowlsWeave carpet surface has been installed on the top green by Tigerturf.

General Manager, Julie Dosser has spent many years in the club industry, beginning her career at Benalla Bowls Club and leaving after 18 years to venture to the seaside City of Warrnambool in January 2015.

“This is an exciting time for City Bowls with the construction of this amazing facility. Most clubs who have installed one roof have seen an influx of members and activity to their Club. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a cover over two greens,” Julie says. 

“This project will not only benefit our members but also the wider Warrnambool community. It will allow bowls to be played in all weather conditions and increase participation in the sport of bowls. There will be a heavy focus on more casual bowls and structuring new events to encourage different demographics to enjoy the game, along with incorporating school programs and corporate events.” 

A development such as this cannot be achieved without a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people.

“I would sincerely like to thank our amazing volunteer base who have spent countless hours in pulling up pavers, barrowing concrete and various other works around the greens, along with the Club’s Chairman of Directors, Ray Cooknell who has been instrumental in ensuring works have been completed in a timely manner, working with contractors and on-site nearly every day of the project,” Julie says. 

The Club has employed a Bowls Development Co-Ordinator to ensure maximum utilisation of the structure. The development is expected to be completely finished and ready for use in October 2019. 

Want to know more about the facilities or get in touch with City Memorial Bowls Club? Visit the club website here.