Moorabool Shire Council is delighted with the news Bacchus Marsh Bowls Club has voted to move to the new Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC).
The club voted last night on the proposal Council put to them, to make MARC their home once it is built.
The result for the club will be a brand-new clubhouse with kitchen, bar and dining and three new bowls greens, with a dome over two, which will mean year-round bowls.
Council will be responsible for securing funding to design and build the site (part of the overall MARC project, which will include an aquatic centre and recreation facilities) and will handle all aspects of the development, allowing the club a smooth transition to move straight in when the facility is complete.
Moorabool Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan said he was very happy the club voted in favour of the move and said the long-term benefits to club members and future members would be substantial.
“We are inching closer to the bowls club having a state-of the art facility in Bacchus Marsh,” Cr Sullivan said.
“Late last year, The Avenue Bowling Club and Bacchus Marsh Bowling Club merged to form Bacchus Marsh Bowls. Now they have voted to support and be a part of our vision to move to the Taverner St site where we are planning to build an outstanding sports and recreation facility.”
Cr Sullivan said Council was still pushing hard to secure funding from the Federal and State governments for the MARC project.
“Council is ready to invest millions of dollars into this project, but construction and the jobs it will create will not happen without funding support from other levels of government,” Cr Sullivan said.
“There has never been a better time to invest in projects guaranteed to create jobs and stimulate local economic activity.”
MARC is expected to generate up to $100M in local economic benefit and 200 jobs during construction with a further 65 jobs expected post construction.