Funds allocated for bowls upgrade

A sum of $118,000 has been allocated to upgrade the Beachport Bowling Club by Wattle Range Council.

The one-time seaside railway station was erected in the 1870s and has been leased by the council to the bowlers for the past six decades.

It is one of a handful of council-owned buildings where this ownership status remains.

Council is upgrading the building with a view to eventually passing freehold ownership to the Beachport Bowling Club.

Untied funding for such community projects was sourced from the Federal Government last year through Member for Barker Tony Pasin.

The allocation of $118,000 for building works was made during a closed session of the March monthly council meeting.

Earlier in an open portion of the meeting, Councillor Dale Price had referred to the expenditure of council funds on the former railway station as well as the upgraded Susan Wilson Memorial Playground and the recreation hall at the Southern Ocean Tourist Park.

In the view of Cr Price, such expenditure on Beachport projects meant it was not appropriate to spend funds in the coming financial year on the proposed Beachport Anchorage car park and picnic area on council-owned vacant land in Railway Terrace.

“I think it’s fantastic and in time if I am still on council I will support it but if you put it up in the next 12 months, I will be voting against it,” Cr Price said.

“I believe there is an equity issue in other areas of the council that deserve some funding.”

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