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sale -- the
Member for Chaf-
fey Tim Whetstone
says the State Gov-
ernment's decision to
sell river front Crown
Land is "long over-
due" but a "win" for
announced on Monday
it would sell the 1.6ha
river front land -- cur-
rently home to the Berri
Bowling Club -- to the
Berri Barmera Council
for $1.86 million.
That cost would
be offset in part by a
$687,000 State Govern-
ment grant to help build
new facilities for the
bowling club at Glassey
Mr Whetstone said
he welcomed the news
after advocating on
behalf of the bowling
club since his election
to parliament in 2010.
"I welcome the
announcement. It's a
long overdue announce-
ment but we've got a
bit more certainty for
the Berri Bowling Club
now," he said.
"There's 85 years
of history down at the
existing site and I'm
sure that they will be
buoyed with the journey
they're about to embark
on with new rinks, a
new bowling club and a
new start to a new chap-
ter."Mr Whetstone said
he thought the Country
Cabinet played a role in
seeing the plan come to
"It sort of jolted
them into gear," he said.
"That meeting (at the
Loxton Sporting Club
late last month) was a
catalyst for them to
make a decision.
"It's a great outcome
for Berri and the bowl-
ing club and will also
now open up opportu-
nities to develop that
piece of river front,
which is not a pretty
piece of real estate at
"It will allow people
development on the
Mr Whetstone said
the options were endless
for the river front parcel
of land which was now
Berri Barmera Council's
responsibility to devel-
Club's members, along
with council staff also
tions for their commit-
ment to seeing the plan
become a reality, Mr
"I'm happy to take
it as a 'win' and I'm
happy to congratulate
the perseverance of the
members of the bowling
club and the council,"
"Because it has been
a long process to get to
where we are today."
A long overdue win
Berri Bowling Club president Jim Cresp, secretary Jenny Lyons and Future Directions Committee
chairman Des Button, are looking forward to a bright future for the club, which is set to move to a new
home at Glassey Park.
PHOTO: Will Slee
Member for Chaffey
The Berri Barmera Council
is in the final stages of
acquiring the land it needs for
a radical redevelopment of the
The council is seeking control
over Berri's No. 1 Oval and Berri
Bowling Club from the State Gov-
ernment as part of its town centre
The council then plans to shift
the Berri Bowling Club to Glassey
P rk and devel
Mr Beaton said it was likely high
quality residential properties would
be built on the land, although an
extension to the Berri Resort Hotel
is also possible.
A supermarket complex was
a separate block of land after the
council voted unanimously to leave
the oval at its original site.
Mr Beaton said the council
could consider swapping land with
the State Government to reduce the
cost of purchasing the land.
The council is hoping to have
the land deal confirmed in the next
couple of weeks.
Mr Beaton said the redevelop-
ment would "lift the riverfront"
and provide financial return for the
development) should make a con-
tribution back to council and so to
the community," he said.
Members of the Berri Bowl-
ing Club attended Tuesday night's
council meeting where the motion
to move ahead with the plans was
Mr Beaton said the club had
expressed willingness to the move
on the condition that new artificial
grass lawns are laid and the club-
rooms at Glassey Park improved.
er to its desired sporting precinct.
As the centrepiece of the devel-
opment is the proposed recreation
centre, with a price tag of approxi-
mately $19 million.
The centre, which will have
facilities for swimming, netball,
basketball and gymnastics, will
only go ahead if the council receive
grants from the State and Federal
Governments totalling $17 million.
Mr Beaton said the council
would find out if the funds have
in the comin
Greens make way for development
Berri Barmera Council eyes bowling club for riverfront plan...
AFL FOOTY TIPPERS
By HELENE CADERBACCUS
Berri Bowling Club is
one step closer to relocating
to Glassey Park following
development approval for an
existing sporting complex in
Berri Barmera Council received
the green light to extend the pavil-
ion at the Chilton Road complex to
establish new bowling greens and
Glassey Park currently houses a
fenced synthetic turf hockey pitch,
ancillary shelters and structures,
several grassed hockey pitches and
a fenced baseball/softball playing
The application put to the River-
land Regional Development Assess-
ment Panel (RRDAP) comprised a
452sq m extension to the pavilion
floor area, 360sq m of additional
verandah space, a 27sq m under-
cover walkway and 62 sq m out-
door beer garden.
The proposed development will
feature four bowling rinks, with
adjacent shelters, an additional 82
car parking spaces and four extra
disabled access car parks.
The RRDAP heard the bowling
club relocation would allow coun-
cil to develop the land at the former
club site, on Riverview Drive, near
the Berri Resort Hotel.
The move would also allow the
club to convert its bowling rinks to
The club would retain exclusive
use of the new pavilion area but
would share the male toilet and
change room facilities with other
The club's limited liquor licence,
which would be transferred to the
new facility, would apply to the new
bowling club area and beer garden.
Berri Barmera Council manag-
er for major projects Gary Brink-
worth said architects were current-
ly working on a detailed plan for
Berri Bowling Club's Glassey Park relocation one step closer
The Pioneer, May 1, 2009
The Pioneer, September 2, 2011
The whole project
has been not just
about the bowling
club, it's been about
the redevelopment of
a prime parcel of land
for the benefit of the
- DES BUTTON
Berri Bowling Club Future
Directions Committee chairperson
(Continued from page 1)
After more than five years of
delays through the approval pro-
cess, the State Government this
week agreed to sell the Crown
Land on which the Berri Bowling
Club sits to Berri Barmera Coun-
cil for $1.86 million.That amount
will be offset by a $687,000 grant
to help build the club's new facil-
ities at Glassey Park -- which has
also been earmarked as home to a
new indoor stadium for Berri.
A plan for the stadium has
been given approval by the Riv-
erland Regional Development
Assessment Panel (RRDAP) and
could see netball, basketball and
other sports join the Berri home
of softball, baseball and hockey.
Council is then free to develop
and sell the prime river front real
estate once the move is complete
to recover the cost of the club's
Mr Whetstone's enthusiasm
for the project was mirrored by
the Berri Bowling Club, which
says the decision is a bonus for
the entire community.
Club spokesman Des But-
ton said while members were
relieved to have a resolution to
the ongoing proposal, the real
winner was the Berri community.
"Those that I've spoken to are
pretty happy with the idea of the
move," he said.
"It is a good result for the
bowling club, but the whole pro-
ject has not been just about the
bowling club, it's been about the
redevelopment of a prime parcel
of land for the benefit of the gen-
"The bowling club is part of
the total package really."
Mr Button said having State
Government Cabinet members
-- including the Premier -- in the
region recently was a turning
point for the proposal.
"Having the ministers up here
and... the ministers meeting one
on one with the council... I think
it became obvious that Cabinet
perhaps didn't fully understand
what the proposal was that the
council was putting up," he said.
"Being able to talk one-on-one
to people... sorted out the deal."
Mr Button said the club's new
rooms would be built onto Glas-
sey Park's existing buildings,
after consultation with council.
"The bowling club will have
a room built onto the front of the
existing building that's there with
a vantage of facilities," he said.
"There's two greens in front
of that, with provision for more
greens down the track.
"That was always part of the
plan, that two greens are put in
as part of the move and space
allocated to the front for future
expansion if required."
Mr Button said he expected
Berri Bowling Club members
would be using their current
greens for at least the next sea-
"We all know that projects
of this size can get held up and
things can happen," he said.
"What the time frame is, that's
entirely up to (what) council and
the builders and the installers of
the greens can do.
"There's really nothing the
bowling club can get involved in
at this stage.
"I would think for the next
bowls season at least they'll still
be playing on the existing greens
and the volunteers do a fantastic
job down there."
BOWLS CLUB RELOCATION HISTORY
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