Creswick Bowling Club: flood relief funding
I wish to raise an issue with the Treasurer. I would like the Treasurer to follow up on requests from the Hepburn Shire Council to meet with its representatives in relation to the Creswick Bowling Club. The club was washed out in September 2010 and then, sadly, again in January 2011, destroying both of its bowling greens and its clubhouse. The club plans to move. It has been very pleased to receive allocations of funding from the state government of $900 000 to assist it. However, it has also sought funding from the federal government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Initially it was advised by the state government that it was ineligible.
However, the shire, along with the bowling club, followed up with the federal member for Ballarat, Catherine King, who then followed up with the federal Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, who wrote back indicating that it was possible for Creswick Bowling Club to access the funding under special conditions, recognising that the club is a very significant recreational venue for people in Creswick, including the older population, and that without the use of the bowling club the community is severely impaired.
The Hepburn Shire Council has been trying to contact the Treasurer to follow up on this matter. The club knows that the cost to move to the proposed new site at Lindsay Park would be $2.186 million. That funding falls short at the moment by about $800 000, which the club is hoping to gain from the federal Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements funding, but it wants to clarify that.
The club urgently needs the Treasurer to meet with it to follow up on this matter and hopefully to support its application for the federal funding so it can gain the full $2.186 million and go ahead and get the full plans into action so the bowling club can be relocated. If the club cannot get this money, it will try to work around it, but it means that instead of having two bowling greens it may only have one initially and lesser facilities in its clubrooms, which are used for lawn bowls too. I urge the Treasurer to respond as quickly as possible. I wrote to him last week, and I hope there will be a quick response.