Newstead Bowling Club’s $3m kitty after sale of historic property

16/01/2019 // by admin

SOLD: Newstead Bowling Club chairman Gary Norton and treasurer Leo Hevers are pleased with the sale price achieved on Wednesday night. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0807newstead1A NEW home for Newstead Bowling Club members could be up to 18 months away, depending on how the club chooses to spend the proceeds of Wednesday night’s sale.
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Club chairman Gary Norton said the club could use the proceeds, in excess of $3 million, to build indoor greens by Easter, but it wanted to investigate a more ambitious option to build state-of-the-art greens capable of hosting national and international bowls competitions with the help of federal funding.

The larger scale option could take up to 18 months.

“Once we get [a prestigious] event the first time, we will be in the running to have them on an ongoing basis, so it’s not a one-trick pony,” he said.

“For a couple of years, the average age of the Australian men’s bowls team was younger than the average age of the Australian cricket team – everyone thinks bowls is an old game, but it’s certainly not.”

Two possible ways forward will be investigated in the coming months.

Mr Norton said the club could pursue a merger with another club and said there were three shortlisted candidates, including a golf club, a football club or another bowling club – they will be reduced to two in the coming month.

He said equal voting rights, the right to stand for the board and recognition of life members would be pursued for any amalgamation.

Another option would involve becoming part of Orange City Council’s mooted major sporting facility, with a meeting yet to be held.

“It would be built ready with TV broadcasting, which is what these national events are about – the likelihood of attracting these events would be exceptionally high,” Mr Norton said.

“If the council is 10-15 years away, I don’t believe Newstead can sit on its hands – whether the council is prepared to bring the processes forward is yet to be seen.”

Settlement will occur in January to allow closure for the members.

If an amalgamation is pursued, the club will move straight to the new premises in January, however if the council project is the preferred option, Mr Norton said the club had in-principle support from the two other bowling clubs to move to one of them temporarily.

Emotional decision to sellABOUT 60 of Newstead Bowling Club’s members voted unanimously to sell the homestead and bowling facilities for $3,447,500 on Wednesday night.

While the club has no outstanding debt, the figure will be reduced to about $3,060,000 once GST and legal and transfer costs from the sale of the 8300-square metre property are paid.

Club chairman Gary Norton said the decision to sell had been an emotional one for the members, but applause broke out after the vote.

“The feeling is strong, but there’s excitement as well,” he said.

While the buyer remains confidential, Mr Norton said they were based in Orange.

“We do realise, and the members realise, there will be development over the grounds, but both the building and the big tree are heritage listed, so the members are comfortable that they’re not going to be knocked down,” he said. “We believe that it will be housing with a little bit more prestige.”

Mr Norton anticipated the price had set a record for residential land sales in Orange.

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Hurricanes a finals player

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The Bidgee Hurricanes will make Hay work for every point when the two sides come together at Yanco Sportsground on Sunday.

Playing their Indigenous recognition round in one-off jumpers, the Hurricanes want to ensure a team like Hay -and also Darlington Point-Coleambally in two weeks -that will be playing finals earns the right to stay in the top five at the end of the season “They’ve got to earn their stripes if they want to be in finals,” coach Simon Watson said.

“They shouldn’t be beaten by a side like us at this time of the year.

“I don’t know whether they’ll go like a bull at a gate or feel us out. I don’t know how they’ll play us.

“I think their structure, they play through the forwards and give it to the backs to run and see how they go.

“We’ll play it like the last couple of weeks. I think we’re just going to throw the ball around, but not go overboard with it.”

While the results have shown on the socreboard with a draw and a loss, the Hurricanes have played good football the last two weeks.

The first half of the game against Waratah Tigers was the side’s best for the year -although the Tigers surged at the death to share the points -and even in the heavy loss to West Wyalong, the Hurricanes played well and the game only got blown out in the last 10 minutes.

“(The players) are still there to see how well we can play,” Watson said. “They still want it, but we don’t want to be stupid about it.

“We’ll throw the ball around a bit more … it’s something we’ve wanted to do all season.

“They’re thinking now ‘let’s see what we can do’.”

Last time the two teams met it was a case of another one that got away for the Hurricanes and they’d like to get as many of those back as possible in the second round.

Hayden Crockett has been a boom recruit for the Hurricanes since then, figuring in players’ player results almost every week in the month since he started with the club. Watson said he has added spine to the side’s defence.

“I hope ‘Kopa’ (Kopalagi Alofipo) can play this week,” Watson said. “Seany Scott has had a corked thigh for weeks, but he keeps going and seems to be able to get himself out of trouble.”

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New board to decide fate of tennis courts

16/01/2019 // by admin

CLOSED…The sign on the locked gate at the Senate Road tennis courts.THE future of the Port Pirie and District Tennis Association’s Senate Road tennis courts will be a matter for the new board to consider in coming months.
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The venue has been closed because of occupational health and safety issues with two recreational players being hurt from uneven bitumen in between and at the rear of the courts.

Port Pirie Tennis Centre manager Grant Hanlon said that the future of the courts would be a matter for the new board which would be elected at the annual general meeting on Monday.

“I am not sure of the costs to repair the courts,” he said.

He said the courts were handed to the tennis association by the previous owners, the smelter, which at the time was keen to keep them as community courts.

“While we are not under any obligation to do so, the future of the courts will be a decision for the new board to make,” Mr Hanlon said.

He said the association’s courts on The Terrace were open to the public all year round at no cost.

“These courts are equal to the best courts in South Australia and we keep the gates open to the public, even during winter,” he said. “All our funds are going towards these courts – we have plans to upgrade the lights from courts six to 10 to an international standard and we need to bring up to scratch courts 16-21.

“We are also looking at extending the clubhouse to create a bigger hall area.

“Last year we spent about $7000 on our show courts, courts 1 to 10, to have them all professionally cleaned and get them up to A1 position.

“We need to keep these courts in tip-top shape for the community, our clubs and for the invitational tennis championships in February.”

Maxine Northcott is among a group of recreational players who regularly used the Senate Road courts as part of a Tuesday morning social tennis club.

Mrs Northcott said that the venue had been popular with recreational players.

“The association did offer us the use of their courts on The Terrace, but we decided to move to the court belonging to the BHAS Bowling Club,” she said. This court is next to Woodward Park.

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Come and try boccia

16/01/2019 // by admin

BOCCIA: The Australian Paralympic Committee is bringing a ‘come and try’ boccia session to Whyalla on Wednesday, August 20.
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The Australian Paralympic Committee is bringing boccia to Whyalla with a ‘come and try’ session on Wednesday, August 20.

The session will be held at the Whyalla Health and Leisure Centre and run from 5pm until 7pm.

Australian Paralympic Committee development officer Emily Ayles said boccia was a sport for people with a high level of physical impairment.

“Boccia is a skillful, exciting and strategic sport that was developed specifically to cater to people with varying levels of physical impairment,” she said.

“Boccia is a truly inclusive sport that can be enjoyed by all.”

Ms Ayles will run the session on behalf of Boccia South Australia and said she encouraged everyone to try boccia.

“Boccia is a fantastic inclusive sport, which provides pathways to Paralympic competition for athletes with a disability,” she said.

“Anyone can attend the come and try event; doesn’t matter what ability, or disability.”

Ms Ayles said the session was the result of funding from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.

“We’re very excited to be able to bring boccia to regional South Australia thanks to the support of the Coca Cola ‘Get Involved’ funding initiative,” she said.

Ms Ayles said she hoped the session would get the ball rolling with an eye to forming a boccia club in the Whyalla region.

“Boccia is a relatively new sport in SA, and is gaining momentum with Australia increasing its presence on the world stage,” she said.

“There are currently four clubs across Adelaide, and we are looking at forming a club in Whyalla/Port Augusta.”

Ms Ayles said the session would be completely free with all equipment provided.

To register, or for more information, contact Ms Ayles on 0417 286 613 or by email at [email protected]

Boccia is atarget sport where people aim to throw leather balls as close as they can to a white target ball called the jack.

To learn more about boccia head to the Australian Paralympic Committee YouTube channel at https://www.youtube南京夜网/watch?v=279vqusy_4I

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Netballers fight for consistency

16/01/2019 // by admin

CELESTE Morrison is surrounded by the Turvey Park defence at Leeton Showground last Saturday.RFNL netball
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A SEASON’S-WORST performance against Turvey Park has dropped Leeton-Whitton to third on the Riverina A grade ladder.

The Crows were never in the hunt against the Bulldogs, eventually going down 57-41.

Coach Nicole Matthews admitted Turvey Park had played good netball.

“They came out firing at the start and had a hold on us from the first quarter,” she said.

“It was hard last time against them, it rained and the game was called off, and one of their main shooters didn’t play.

“If she’s on, she’s on and this time she was pretty good.”

The Crows turned the ball over too many times to remain competitive even on their home court.

Having gone through the first round of the season undefeated, Matthews would not admit to being concerned just yet.

“I just know they can do better,” she said.

“We just need to be a bit more consistent. We are hot and cold at the moment.

“We’ve got to get past it, we’ve got to step it up and we need to start pushing forward.

“We’ve got three games left and our aim is to finish top three, second or third, to get the second chance.

“Hopefully we play to our potential come finals.”

This week the Crows travel to Wagga to take on the Tigers, but will be without key players in each third – Katelyn Clyne (defence), Clare Vant (centre) and Meg Collins (attack).

The coach is already looking at the draw for the final three rounds, with first and second-placed Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes and Narrandera yet to play each other again.

“We’re lucky we had a good run in the first round,” Matthews said.

“Our girls can do it and they do want to. We’ve got the potential to be there at the end, we just need to be positive.”

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