$25,000 grant towards painting facility

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by Al Williams
Timaru Indoor Bowls’ Ashbury facility is to get a coat of paint.
Timaru Indoor Bowls Association grants manager Brian Henry confirmed last week the association had received $25,000 from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury for the project, which was estimated to cost $41,000.
Mr Henry said the association had decided to to go with the cheapest quote and needed another $16,000, which it would source via other funding streams.
The association bought the former Ashbury Bowling Club buildings in 2013 for $330,000 and set about redeveloping the facility.
Mr Henry said that about $500,000, including the purchase price, had been spent on the facility to date.
It cost about $170,000 to seal the former bowling green and create a car park, while the club received about $15,000 from Trust Aoraki towards refurbishing the foyer, he said.
The Washdyke Indoor Bowling Club contributed $20,000 towards the construction of a new floor for the indoor bowlers, Mr Henry said.
The association was receiving income by hiring out the community centre and function room to community organisations.
“The exterior painting is the main job we have left and we hope to get it completed over summer.
“It’s an ongoing thing as we are putting up new signage at the moment.”
Once the exterior of the buildings had been painted, the facility would be up to the standard the association wanted.
“We’ve had the facility for four years and it’s getting a lot of use.
“We have the community centre and function facilities leased out just about full time to various groups.
“It’s a beautiful facility and one of the best in the community.”
It was as asset for the whole community, Mr Henry said.
“It’s one of the few venues where you can have everything under on the one roof.”