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Australia : New synthetic surface for BHAS bowling club.

State Government funding has contributed towards a new era for the BHAS Bowling Club in Port Pirie with the opening of the new synthetic surface at the venue.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said the $254,000 project, which is partially funded by the State Government through the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP), is a good example of the benefits in improving community sporting facilities.

The State Government has a strong commitment to supporting programs that assist in improving health and wellbeing in our community, Mr Bignell said.

Wherever you live in the state everyone has the right to enjoy top-level sport and recreation opportunities.

The Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program provides assistance to sport and active recreation organisations to plan, establish or improve facilities that meet the needs of our communities.

It is an extremely popular program in both city and regional centres with applications coming from across the state.

Mr Bignell said a significant element of the BHAS Bowling Club synthetic surface project was the club s desire to be environmentally sustainable.

As part of the project the club placed a drainage sump beneath the new surface, capable of holding 5000 litres of stormwater that can be used to water the remaining grass playing surface and garden beds at the club, Mr Bignell said.

This is a project that benefits the community in ways that go beyond sport and active recreation and I applaud the club s foresight.

Minister Bignell said $4.825 million is on offer through the 2013-14 funding round of the CRSFP program along with an additional $2.5 million available in 2013-14 for state-level sport facilities and community sports hubs.

Funding community sporting and active recreation organisations provides a huge benefit for our community, Mr Bignell said.

Creating a healthy sporting environment benefits our sporting clubs through the flow-on effect of attracting more players, funding, sponsorship opportunities, spectators and volunteers for these community organisations.

The closing date for the current 2013-14 CRSFP funding round is Monday, April 15.

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Date:Mar 14, 2013
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