Welcome to all

Welcome to McLaren Vale Bowling Sports & Social Club Website. We hope you enjoy the website and if you are a visitor to McLaren Vale pop in for a drink and enjoy our friendly atmosphere especially on Friday nights when we have meals and drinks are at club prices. Also we have a happy hour on Friday nights 5.30 – 6.30pm. Meals on Friday nights are served 5.30 – 7.30pm.


‘Christmas in August’ Dinner Dance on 17 August 2019

Shake off your winter woollies and party with family, friends and colleagues at the Bowls Club. Get a table together for a night of food, fun and frivolity.

Please come and support your Club and our new, or more accurately, re-established Social Committee of Chris Adam, Boyd Lewis, Danny Gelsi, Steve Lamb and Belinda Cooper.

Tickets will be limited and will sell quickly, so please do not delay – contact Chris or Danny to secure your booking.

For more details and how to book, see the flyer.

Artificial Devices

Impending changes to Artificial Devices Policy

Bowls Australia’s (BA) Board has signalled an impending change to the national Artificial Devices Policy, pertaining specifically to the use of bowlers arms.
The revised Artificial Devices Policy, which will come into effect from May 1, 2019, has removed the existing stipulation that players need to have received approval from the State/Territory Association to use a bowlers arm, and also removes the need for a medical certificate to use a bowlers arm.
The changes to the policy come after extensive consultation and feedback from key stakeholders.
It is envisaged that the leniency will result in greater opportunity for persons with physical restrictions and impairments to continue playing the sport, and is in line with the policies of other national bodies.

Artificial Devices Policy

Further to the changes, Bowls Australia wishes to clarify the procedure to request replacement National Merchandising Program (NMP) logo stickers for approved bowlers’ arms
In the event that an approved bowlers’ arm’s existing National Merchandising Program (NMP) logo sticker has come off due to wear and tear over time, Bowls Australia may be contacted to request a replacement sticker be posted out, to then affix to the arm.
Players will need to provide details of their arm (ideally a photo) so that BA can confirm that the device is indeed an approved bowlers arm, which can be done by post or email to admin@bowls.com.au.
Any queries relating to these changes to the policy can be raised with admin@bowls.com.au.


Age Friendly Hub

Age Friendly Hub

The upgrade of the entrance and carpark was identified in the Club Strategic Plan 2014 -2019. It was considered a priority due to the unsafe nature of the carpark with its uneven surface, wet in winter and dry and dusty in summer.
The Board of Management applied for a grant through the Residents Win Program of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in February 2017.
Initially our application was rejected, as it was not considered to be in the “public Interest”. Further discussion and additional arguments put to DPTI changed their decision and the Club was given the opportunity to engage a planning consultant, Jensen Plus, to develop a concept plan.
Following the development of the concept plan and design by Jensen Plus, in close consultation with the Club, it was submitted to DPTI in March 2017 for funding consideration.
In June 2017 we were advised by DPTI that our application for the development of an “Age Friendly Hub” was successful and DPTI as part of the Residents Win Program would provide a grant to assist with the project. The scope of work included bitumising the entrance, car park and Montessori staff car park, landscaping, bicycle rack, seating, lighting, line marking, designated pedestrian access, community art work, kerb and gutter and drainage.
The Club then sought quotes from Jensen Plus and Greenhill to undertake detailed planning and design and project management. Greenhill were awarded the project for a fixed consultancy fee.
Greenhill prepared initial plans including drainage design for our consideration and submission to Council for building approval.
Council had initially indicated that we would not require Development Approval, as there was already existing approval for the area to be used as a car park. This changed, and not only were we required to get Development Approval, it had to be advertised for community comment. This process slowed the project by several months.
After a lengthy process we received Development Approval for the work to proceed in March 2018.
Following approval, Greenhill then prepared tender documents and sought quotes for the work. Three quotes were received, Pridham, South Coast Sand and Civil and Davison Earthmovers. The contract was awarded to the lowest complying tender from Pridham in June 2018.
Work onsite was scheduled to commence 23 July and be completed on 14 September 2018. The contractor, Pridham, encountered several unforeseen issues that resulted in cost variations and time delays. These issues included underground services that we did not know existed; a stormwater pipe that did not have the required depth of cover, this required changes to the design and additional cost to lay a protective concrete slab over the pipe; need for additional retaining walls near the entrance; and inability to get the required compaction of the sub base due to moisture, requiring additional excavation and the introduction of appropriate sub base material. The time delays due to the additional work and wet weather extended the completion date to 28 September 2018.

The completed project has made an enormous difference to the amenity of the area, not just for our members and visitors, but also the community. No more pot holes filled with water in winter and dust in summer. The bitumised surface, designated pedestrian walkway and lighting will greatly improve the safety of the area. Seating in strategic places, bicycle rack and community art work will greatly enhance the amenity and appearance. It is now a space we can all be proud of and an asset for the community. It is a legacy to our current members and all those volunteers before us who have worked so tirelessly to generate savings to enable a project of this nature to go ahead.
The project would not have been possible without the support of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s Residence Win funding. The Club is extremely grateful for their generous support, and without this financial support this important project would not have been possible.

Administrator of the Year

Administrator of the year awarded to Peter Guerin

The Administrator of the year award celebrates those that keep their clubs and associations ticking, with their often behind the scenes efforts doing the ‘office work’ enabling great success for hundreds of others out on the greens. Congratulations to our 2018 winner: Peter Guerin of Mclaren Vale District Bowling Club a very deserving winner who was unfortunately unable to attend the Award ceremony last night.