State Government funding has contributed towards a new era for the BHAS Bowling Club in Port Pirie wiht 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," he 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 assistandce to sport and active recreation organisations to plan, establish or improve facilities that meet the ne4eds 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.
"This is a project that benefits the community in ways that go beyond sport and active recreation and I applaud the club's foresight," he said.
Mr 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 recration organisations provides a huge benefit for our community," he said.
"Creating a healthy sporting environment benefits our sporting clubs through the flow-on effect of attracting more playrs, funding, sponsorship opportunities, spectators and volunteers for these community organisations."
The closing date for hte current 2013-14 CRSFP funding round is Monday, April 15.
For more information visit www.recsport.sa.gov.au