Bowls club granted new lease on life

THE recent thunderstorms proved no worries for the Claremont Bowls Club (CBC) thanks to the installation of a brand new roof.

Made possible through a $20,200 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF), the funding boost saw the club undergo a much-needed update to its aging clubhouse.

CBC immediate past secretary and grant project manager Barry McDonald said the club had constantly been required to run repairs on the old roof, which was reaching 50-years-of-age.

“This came to a head last year during a heavy downpour where we had to place buckets throughout the clubroom to catch the water from the many leaks,” he said.

“Covering a wide selection of the community from Lutana to New Norfolk, including Bridgewater and Old Beach, our club is quite heavily used and acts as more of a community club than just a bowls club.

“This re-roofing will give our members and the larger Claremont community an assurance that the club will be in existence for the future.”

Covering the full cost of the works, the grant allowed for the installation of a new and improved roof – higher, to allow better run off – as well as the extension of the veranda.

Mr McDonald said the contactor, Steel Liners Hobart, had done on “beautiful job.”

“Although they were held up due to strong winds and rain, the contractors did such a wonderful job and were able to complete the installation in just 10-days,” he said.

“And we have had such a positive response from our members, who are enjoying staying cosy and warm.”

On behalf of the CBC, its board of management and members, Mr McDonald expressed his appreciation to the TCF.

“The TCF were absolutely magnificent throughout this whole process, going out of its way to assist in any way it could,” he said.

“Without this funding assistance, it would have been a lot of hard work and loans to get us to where we are now.”

Caption: From left, Claremont Bowls Club secretary Mike Quinn, vice-president Jan McPherson and re-roofing project manager Barry McDonald.