Tenterfield Bowling Club has secured a $45,000 grant to install sun safe shading around the club’s bowling greens, to minimise the risk of sun cancer and heat stress on bowlers during the hot summer months.
The grant forms part of the $30 million round 2 of the federal government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said sport played an important role in Tenterfield and the benefits of this new investment will be felt right across the community.
“As a person who has had melanoma, I know how important it is to be sun smart, it is the reason I wear an Akubra all the time to try and tell people to be sun smart.
“These shade awnings at the Tenterfield Bowling Club are not only a further investment in the town’s community infrastructure but also an investment in the health of local and visiting bowlers in Tenterfield.”
Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said the funding was an important step to further developing grassroots sports across the country.
“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.”