Fremantle Bowling Club to undergo state-of-the-art redevelopment

by Domenic Favata

The Fremantle Bowling Club in Western Australia is part of a $4.2million redevelopment of sporting facilities in iconic Fremantle Park.

Development of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre commenced at the start of April and the new two-storey multi-purpose clubhouse will be home to the Fremantle Bowling Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and the Fremantle Workers Club.

The project also includes the installation of a new sand-filled synthetic green to replace an existing grass green.

The estimated time for completion is mid-December. The result will be that the Fremantle Bowling Club has two excellent grass greens and one synthetic green.

This outcome is the culmination of a long process over an 11-year period and many thanks must go to the various committees for their tireless work to achieve such a great outcome for the club.

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said that the City and the three clubs have worked closely with the project architects to design a shared facility that will meet a broad range of community needs.

“A report commissioned back in 2011 recommended the City support local clubs to merge to increase memberships and reduce operational costs,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“The three clubs decided in 2013 that they would be better off in a new, shared facility rather than paying to upgrade and maintain their existing clubrooms.”

The new facility will include three function rooms, along with a cafe, bar and commercial kitchen – plus an alfresco area and balcony overlooking the sporting areas.

In addition to new facilities, the future for the Fremantle Bowling Club, a club that is 123 years old, is also about to enter a new era on the greens.

From as few as 29 members some years ago, there has been a steady increase in playing numbers.

Over last winter, the club attracted 24 new members. The 2018/19 pennant season was very successful, having gained promotion to Division 1 in both Saturday and Mid-Week competitions.

The Fremantle Bowling Club is supportive of all levels of bowlers, from our social bowlers to new pennant playing members, while offering a friendly, diverse and progressive club with an exciting future.