Funding helps set up shades and light up Young Bowling Club

Young Bowling Club chairman Stuart Freudenstein, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and bowls club secretary and treasurer Cliff Trayor.
Young Bowling Club chairman Stuart Freudenstein, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and bowls club secretary and treasurer Cliff Trayor.

Less wear and tear and improved protection from the sun at the Young Bowling Club is a result of the state government's Stronger Country Communities Fund money.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined club chairman Stuart Freudenstein and secretary and treasurer Cliff Traynor to check the progress of the works on Tuesday morning.

The club received $107,594 out of round two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, which it is using to replace lighting and shades.

Mr Traynor said the club is being sensible with both finances and exposure to the sun, while the new lights will allow for more green sharing.

"While the lights on our greens are relatively modern, the lights on green three were extremely old and the quality of their lighting wasn't so good, they weren't bright enough," he said.

"The new lights will allow us to rotate our play so that we are not concentrating on just one or two greens and increasing wear on them.

"The cost we were quoted to put the shades up when they are delivered was prohibitive, so we are doing it ourselves.

"We play bowls all year round and in summertime the use of shades is regular and people are more conscious these days about not being out in the sun for extended periods."

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke was pleased to hear of the community involvement.

"The installation of new shades will provide good protection from the sun, whether that be in summer or even on a bright autumn day, and it's fantastic to hear that the club members will be setting up the shades themselves, that's just the sort of hands-on community involvement which is so characteristic of the Cootamundra electorate," Ms Cooke said.

"The lighting on green three was old and didn't do much to provide a decent level of illumination for night games.

"The new lighting uses LEDs and is powerful enough to cater to all levels of competition, from social bowls right up to championship games, while at the same time being more energy efficient."