“Switch the Ditches”


On Saturday 29 February 2020, we officially recommenced play after undertaking the largest change to the green and its surrounds since way back in 1968 when we first started.  Our old and ageing wooden ditch walls were replaced by modern prefabricated concrete moulds; and we installed concrete aprons on all sides of the green.  The place looks a real treat!  Members and visitors agree that the upgrade has not only improved the playability of the bowls environment, but has transformed the entire space into a much safer setting.

An official opening of Switch the Ditches was held on Saturday 29 February, immediately before the first bowl was delivered in the 2020 Heritage Bank Open Fours Carnival.  L-R in photo at right,  Kerry Lovell (Club JVP) was accompanied by Ian Prodger (Bowls Club President), Kerry Ryan (Ladies Club President), Howard Littleton (President, Progressive Community Crows Nest Ltd) and Janine Kanowski (Heritage Bank).  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by Presidents Ian and Kerry delivering the “first bowls”.

It’s essential that the club openly acknowledges the marvellous  financial support that we received from local and state government organisations that enabled us to proceed with quite a large endeavour for a small country bowls club such as ours.  Without consideration from …

  • the Progressive Community Crows Nest Ltd (PCCN);
  • the Crows Nest Branch of the Heritage Bank; and
  • the Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund

… our vision for the future of lawn bowls in Crows Nest would not have been possible.