The future of Wangi Bowling Club is brighter after a $3,000 Hunter Stronger Communities Grant was awarded to the organisation to refurbish its lighting system.
The new LED light fittings provide a broader and clearer light over the two bowling greens with the project involving the upgrade of existing light towers which were built more than 25 years ago.
“The Wangi community is a vibrant one. I’m pleased the new lighting upgrade will enhance playing conditions at the club and encourage more people to live active and social lives,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.
“Wangi Bowling Club’s lighting upgrade project will benefit many in our community.”
Wangi Bowling Club has attracted a larger number of members who are still in the workforce and unable to play in the morning or afternoon galas. The improved lighting will now make twilight bowls evenings feasible right through the year.
The club also hopes to draw more people to the bowling green for evening social bowls. The facility caters for groups to use the greens to play bowls in the evening and encourages family recreation and bonding. It aims to promote bowls as an inclusive activity and to appeal to younger people by providing bowls for local primary schools Arcadia Vale and Wangi Wangi as a sport.
Wangi Bowling Club is one of 15 organisations in the Hunter electorate to receive a share of $150,000 in funding through Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme. Expressions of interest for Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Grants Programme closed last week with 17 worthwhile and unique community projects throughout the Hunter electorate submitted to the Department for assessment.