The Parndana Bowling Club applied for a Sport and Recreation SA grant to replace our grass with synthetic.
We were unable to sign a contract until we knew if we were successful or not. Apparently, you are not permitted to have signed up or started a project that you are seeking a grant for.
They took six weeks longer than stated to notify us that we were not successful. We were then six weeks behind signing with contractors and consequently delayed our starting time.
The generosity of our members, some community groups and individuals donating funds has been overwhelming.
However, without the grant we have a short fall and have now applied to Kangaroo Island Council for assistance with a loan.
Members of our committee have been busy attending meetings, seeking advice, accessing equipment and organising working bees as well as numerous phone calls, emails and much paperwork happening in the background.
The grass has been removed and a new irrigation system installed along with an extra tank. Rainwater from the clubrooms will be be used to supplement water used through the irrigation system.
Contractors are due here at the end of this month or early in November and the green should be completed by the end of November. We hope to be playing on it in December.
As the pennant season has now commenced, we are extremely grateful to Kingscote and Birchmore clubs for allowing us to use their clubrooms and greens in the interim.
On mixed pennant days, the teams scheduled to play at Parndana will be split between the other two clubs. - Meaghan May, Parndana Bowling Club