Angaston Bowling Club received $200,000 grant

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll and club president Ian Cockroft at the site of the new club headquarters. Photo: Supplied
Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll and club president Ian Cockroft at the site of the new club headquarters. Photo: Supplied

More than 20 years of groundwork has been rewarded with a $200,000 grant towards building a new future for Angaston Bowling Club.

The funding, achieved through the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Programs, will be used to help fund the installation of playing surfaces and club rooms at the club's brand new site on Valley Road.

Club president Ian Cockroft said their treasurer Neville Smith had been working on the $1.5-2m project for about two decades.

"..So you can imagine he is ecstatic!" Mr Cockroft said.

"We have in the past been restricted with membership growth, holding finals and larger tournaments due to only having one green."

The new Angaston Bowling Club was granted planning development approval by the Barossa Council Development Assessment Panel in February 2019.

The plan includes two new bowling greens, a clubhouse (community centre), six light towers, associated car parking, landscaping at 21 Valley Road, Angaston.

The club currently has around 80 members and says the move will allow allow them to expand their membership and host for tournaments, state/regional events and community functions.

The club has been fundraising for years in order to get the project up and running and club president Ian Cockroft said they are extremely grateful to the state government for the boost.

"It is a major step taken towards achieving the goal of a new facility which will be utilised by the whole community," Mr Cockroft said.

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll delivered the good news to Angaston Bowling Club this week.

"I'm excited to be delivering more funding for local sport in the Barossa," Mr Knoll said.

"This grant will help Angaston Bowling Club to get their exciting new headquarters underway which will be purpose-built to cater for bigger competition and will also have the capacity to host large community functions.

"Since March 2018, the Marshall Liberal Government has committed more than $100 million to building sports in South Australia.

"We have been very lucky in the Barossa to be the recipients of a number of these sports and recreation grants."

The club is hoping to be able to begin works in the next 8 months as their planning progresses.