The Ballina Croquet Club is hoping to receive up to $300,000 in funding for a new club house at Cawarra Park.
Club President Julie O’Brien spoke at last week’s Ballina Shire Council meeting to ask councillors for their support in the club’s grant application to the state body in charge of NSW Club Grants.
The council heard Ballina’s two croquet clubs, Cherry Street Sports and Ballina Croquet, recently partnered to host a state tournament in Ballina but instead had to host matches in Byron and in Lismore due to a lack of facilities in Ballina.
Independent Councillor Jeff Johnson moved for the council to approve the request for a letter of support, saying a recently completed Ballina Shire Sport and Recreation Plan had also acknowledged croquet facilities in Ballina as inadequate for the number of existing players, let alone for increased popularity of the sport.
‘Croquet provides social support that enhances the quality of life for a predominantly elderly playing group,’ Cr Johnson told The Echo after the meeting, ‘by expanding the number of croquet lawns, Ballina Council will be supporting an active and healthy lifestyle for our aging population’.
Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Sharon Parry seconded Cr Johnson’s motion, which won unanimous support from the rest of the council.