Work has begun on Australia’s largest undercover lawn bowls complex, based in the City of Playford, and John Groves and Jim Main are looking forward to getting on the green when construction is completed. ^ John Groves (left) and Jim Main share a laugh and a chat in the shell that was the old Elizabeth Lawn Bowls clubroom on Goodman Road. Photos: Vassil Malandris
The former presidents of Munno Para and Elizabeth bowling clubs know that after many months in the planning, reviewing conceptual designs and a vote last December, work can finally start to transform the Goodman Road, Elizabeth, site into a bowls complex to be proud of.
“We will produce a club which will be the envy of South Australian bowling,” Mr Main said.
“This facility will allow us to play 365 days, no matter of rain, hail or shine.”
“It’s got to be the best thing that’s ever happened,” Mr Groves added. ^ Design plans for the new lawn bowls facility.
The men believe the three undercover greens at the new ‘Playford City Lawn Bowls Centre’ are not only great for their 180 members, but will provide a perfect drawcard to host tournaments for bowlers from around the country and overseas.
City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said Council is committed to lawn bowls being part of its $55-million sports precinct, which includes an already-under-construction tennis facility.
"This centre will give lawn bowls a new home to cater for the sport for decades to come," Mr Docherty said.
Complementing the greens will be a spacious clubroom featuring modern amenities and a dining area that can double up as a function centre. The upgrade will provide up to 40 new jobs during construction, with work expected to be finished in September – just in time for the summer bowling season.
In the meantime, Elizabeth bowlers are temporarily calling Munno Para home.
John Groves said it’s the perfect opportunity for members to bowl together and get to know each other ahead of the move.
“We’ve had almost a season now of the two clubs working together and using our joint facilities at Munno Para. We also had a marvellous Australia Day and a great success,” Mr Groves said. ^ Munno Para Bowling Club's John Groves (left) and Elizabeth Bowling Club's Jim Main (right) with City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty are looking forward to the new Playford City Lawn Bowls Centre.