Bowral Rugby Secures Grant

The Bowral Rugby Club’s ongoing project to upgrade the clubhouse will continue thanks to a $991,330 grant from the state government.

 Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell at Eridge Park to make the announcement to a delighted crowd of club members.
Blacks president Mark Freund said while it was a “bit of a shock”, he was glad that 18 years of applying for state and federal grants had finally paid off.

Stage two of the upgrade will involve disabled access to the clubhouse and extending it to facilitate more than 200 people.

A canteen downstairs will also become operational for other user groups such as Little Athletics, touch football and school athletics carnivals and Freund said the upgrade would mean better viewing areas for spectators.

He said they hoped to have it up and running by next year but would have discussions with council this week “and work out where we go from here” with the project now set to go out on public tender.

“It’ll give Eridge Park more scope for people to bring important events to the Highlands.” Once the upgrade is complete, Freund said he hoped it would attract “bigger and better events” to the Highlands.

Super Rugby trial games and more Shute Shield matches are something the club will hope to secure.

‘They’re on our target for the next five to 10 years.”

Freund said other user groups would also be able to utilise the space and hold events at the clubhouse.