Calliope's cracking new community hub complete

Media Release


07 April 2018

Joint release with:

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

  • First stage of Calliope Central Bowls Club upgrade completed
  • Project will create an all-weather community facility
  • The Coalition Government invested $360,000 in the project

The completion of the first stage of the Calliope Central Bowls Club renovation, in Calliope south of Gladstone, will support increased participation in sports, community and cultural events.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the club's upgraded facilities would encourage locals to get involved in a range of ‘fun’ and rewarding social activities like barefoot bowls.

“This is a huge project for the club's 3,500 social members. Sports venues like this not only boost fitness and health but also serve as a vital community hub,” Dr McVeigh said.

“It is great to be able to deliver an important piece of community infrastructure, and support the local club after it was damaged by Cyclone Debbie.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said stage one of the project installed a weatherproof roof over the existing bowling green.

“Sometimes the jack is difficult enough to see during the day, let alone at night, so another important part of the project was installing LED lighting to illuminate the entire playing surface,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“Projects like these not only inject money into local communities but also help to create strong social bonds.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($360,000), the Queensland Government ($35,000), the Calliope Central Bowls Club ($354,575) and Bendigo Bank ($15,000).