Snapshot: Howrah Bowls Club
Howrah Bowls Club has used a SEFA loan to assist with the construction of an indoor centre to enable year-round access and extend usage to people with disabilities.
Established on the Eastern shore of Hobart in 1988, the Howrah Bowls Club (HBC) is completely run by volunteers. The club’s objective is to promote physical and mental well-being of individuals through recreational sports, with a particular focus on elderly and physically disabled members of the community. The Club uses part of the Clarence City Council owned Howrah Recreation Centre, which is also used by a wide range of other community organisations, including tennis, bingo, and bridge clubs.
‘We want bowls at our club to be available to more of our community. SEFA and the Clarence City Council have found a way to help us achieve that.’
Dennis Lourey President Howrah Bowls Club
The HBC organises serious and social bowls competitions for its 150 members and similar number social playing visitors. With both an outdoor lawn green and a synthetic green, bowls can be played at the club all year round. The SEFA loan assisted with the development of indoor facilities that will extend the club’s inclusiveness and accessibility by opening up the opportunity for people of different ages and abilities to participate in the sport in the Clarence Municipality. According to Bowls Tasmania South there is only one other indoor facility in Southern Tasmania.
Construction of the extended facilities began in January 2016, with the early work involving installation of sewage and storm water pipes, as well as digging up an old concrete base and surrounding banks.
Clarence Mayor, Ald. Doug Chipman, and the Club and Hutchinson (builder) representatives performed a turning of the sod ceremony, a traditional celebration marking the beginning of the construction.
The public can follow the development of the club online.
What SEFA says
The Clarence City Council showed strong support for its community and belief in the benefits of the project by providing a guarantee against the loan. It proves that governments can find different ways to support their local community organisations, and that those organisations aren’t reliant on grants for funding to achieve their goals. Instead they can leverage government support in a different way.