50 shades of green installed at Across the Waves bowls club
CONSTRUCTION is almost finished on two new 50m x 45m shade cloths at Across the Waves bowling club which will see players protected from the sun in competition.
On Tuesday, local company Planet Shade used cranes to install two new shade cloths over two greens at the bowling club.
The project, expected to cost around $70,000, is aimed at replacing the old shade cloths which had deteroriated over time.
President of the ATW bowls club Keith Jobling says the job so far has gone off without a hitch.
"Early on there was a little bit of wind but that dropped away when the crane came into use," he said.
"Thankfully conditions have been almost perfect for the workers."
With two tenders for the project, one from Bundaberg and one from Brisbane, the club made sure the project was done by a local company.
"Planet Shade has done an excellent job and done everything we wanted them to," Jobson said.
"We have had great support in the community, so it was only fair we hired locals to complete our project."
When completed by the end of the week the shades will be retractable allowing the club to close and open them when they like.
"As our greens are grass, and not synthetic, we need sun on it to allow the grass to grow," Jobson said.
"When we are in competition though, that needs to change, and the new shade cloth will allow us to protect the players better than before."
The project also includes new lights for both the bowls and soccer clubs at ATW.
The completion of the new cloths comes at the right time with the annual city country Bundaberg carnival on this weekend at the ATW bowls club.
14 teams from the city of Bundaberg, and 14 teams from the country areas of the region, will compete for the coveted Patron Shield.
Last year the event was held at the Woodgate bowling club with country winning the title.
Jobson says this year it is city's turn to take the title.
"The competition is pretty even between the two rivals but we want to win this year," he said.
"ATW will have four teams out of the fourteen competing and we hope to do well."
Barring any delays, with weather, the project is due to be completed on Friday.