The Advocate February 17th 2017 Hayden Johnson: Original Article
The Devonport Bowls Club will be put on the market this week and a new $7 million complex will be built at the Devonport Golf Club.
Plans to move the bowls club on North Fenton Street have been brewing for months but this week managing agent Peter Wiggers from Collins Real Estate confirmed it would be listed.
The bowls club will relocate to the Devonport Golf Glub at Spreyton where a new state-of-the-art facility will be built.
It will include an eight-rink indoor bowling area, four grass greens and two croquet courts adjacent to the existing 18-hole golf course.
The bowls and croquet centre will be built in the vicinity of the 10th hole tee at the course – requiring the hole layout to be changed.
Bowls club president Ben Fiddler said the merger was about ensuring the viability of the clubs.
“We looked at the future of the sport and the future of all clubs,” he said.
"Without the merger we wouldn’t have a Devonport Bowls Club in years to come." Devonport Golf Club's president Ben Fiddler
Mr Fiddler said once completed it would be known as the Devonport Country Club.
He said plans were being finalised but the project was “definitely going ahead” regardless of the success of the existing site’s listing. Mr Wiggers and his colleague Peter Colgrave have been tasked with listing the existing 9669 square metre bowls club site. Because it was “very difficult” to value the site Mr Wiggers said expressions of interest would be called. “It’s going to be a development site of some sort,” Mr Wiggers said. He said it was most likely residential homes or townhosues would be built on the site. "Any development would need Devonport City Council approval." Mr Wiggers said the site was zoned as recreation. Mr Fiddler said the development formed part of Devonport’s Living City and would provide a significant sporting boost. “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility and it will also draw state and Australian events,” he said. “It will bring people into Devonport.”
On June 24, 2016 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used his last day of election campaigning along the North-West Coast to pledge $3.5 million for the new function centre at the Devonport Golf Club.