Wellers Hill Bowls Club Among Community Groups Receiving Funding for Climate Action

The Weller Hills Bowls Club in Tarragindi joins 67 other clubs in Queensland as the recipients of a much-needed funding boost to tackle climate change and promote sustainability.

The Palaszczuk Government’s Community Sustainability Action grant program is disbursing over $3.4 million to different organisations to support projects that help reduce emissions, lower energy costs, and build local resilience. Groups receiving the grants have the opportunity to implement renewable energy systems, including solar panels, batteries, and energy-efficient replacements like lighting, whitegoods, and hot water systems.

The funded projects will not only contribute to environmental protection but also create a positive impact on the lives of residents by providing affordable and clean energy solutions.

The Wellers Hill Bowls Club Inc will get $89,695 from the program. With this funding, the club plans to purchase and install a solar system, inverter, and battery storage in their clubhouse. By doing so, they aim to significantly reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions. The project exemplifies the commitment of the community to take decisive action against climate change.

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, The Honourable Leanne Linard, expressed her enthusiasm for the overwhelming interest shown by various community groups in this round of grants.

“The overwhelming interest shown by community groups in this grant round points to the priority Queenslanders now place on taking climate change action,” she said.

“Our community groups do such incredible work on the ground and it’s great to see funding go towards projects that can help them reduce their costs as well as their emissions.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to taking action on climate change and increasing renewable energy use in our state to 80 per cent by 2035.

“Our $62 billion energy and jobs plan will deliver cheaper, cleaner power as we move to net zero emissions, and we are proud to support community groups that want to realise that future.”

The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to funding community-driven sustainability initiatives showcases their dedication to a greener and more resilient Queensland. As more organisations like the Wellers Hill Bowls Club take action to embrace renewable energy, the state moves one step closer to achieving its ambitious environmental goals.

Check the list of Climate Action grant recipients here.

Published 19-July-2023

Wellers Hill Bowls Club in Tarragindi Opens for Flood Victims Seeking Shelter

Editor’s Note: UPDATE (2 March 2022) – The Wellers Hill Bowls Club initiative has wound down and Council advises residents to proceed to the Chandler Arena instead.

Residents in the southside who have nowhere else to go and need a safe haven from the devastating floods are welcome to seek shelter at the Wellers Hill Bowls Club on Esher Street in Tarragindi.

The club operators announced that they will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for those who will need a dry place to enjoy some food, use the toilet facilities, and rest after the stressful weather events for the past few days. The site has accommodated more than 30 flood victims and their pets, and they are expecting more in the coming days.

“We have a big hall and plenty of tables and chairs. We are animal friendly so you can bring your pets. We have coffee and tea facilities as well as a kitchen,” Anthony Neven said. “Our address is  34 Esher St or give me a call at 0411 415 373.”

Whilst originally intended to open for overnight stays, the operators of Wellers Hill Bowls Club said that Council has asked them to direct flood victims looking for a place to sleep at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, a pet-friendly evacuation centre. 

Nonetheless, the clubhouse will still welcome donations for the flood victims, such as toiletries and warm blankets for those coming in for the day.

Aside from Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler, the Council has also turned the Kedron-Wavell Services Club into an overnight shelter/evacuation centre in the northside, which will accept only trained service animals with their families. 

Evacuation Kit Must-Haves

Evacuees are advised to bring the following items to the temporary shelters:

  • Mobile phone and charger 
  • Spare clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Important documents (e.g. insurance papers, passports, birth certificates, backup of computer files)
  • Necessary medication and prescriptions
  • Needs for infants such as formula or nappies
  • Bedding, pillow, and blankets
  • lead and muzzle for dogs
  • food for pets 
  • litter and a litter tray for pets

Track Emergency Info and Updates

For essential trips, however, check for road conditions via the Department of Transport and Main Roads updates. Also, follow the updates for other impacted services at Council’s official site

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Celebrate the Life of Michael Ulrich at this Free Tarragindi Event

Come celebrate the life of the late Michael Ulrich, a beloved Tarragindi teacher and director, with the upcoming Wellers Hill Bowls Club family fun day event “Here Comes the Sun”. The best part? It’s all free! 

Taking place on the 23rd of MAy 2021, the event celebrates the life of the Tarragindi War Memorial Kindergarten’s colleague Michael Ulrich. Mr Ulrich was a kindly director and teacher who strived to provide the community with a safe environment for children to learn, live, grow, and develop themselves into becoming valuable contributors to the future. 

Throughout the day, event-goers will be able to partake in an array of activities such as games, a bouncy castle, rides, kids’ activities, a raffle, and treat themselves to some food and drink, as well as live music. Here Comes the Sun aims to celebrate not only Mr Ulrich’s life, but also hope for the future by inspiring children and their family. 

Activities throughout the day will raise funds for the Black Dog Institute — a non-profit organisation which advocates for mental health awareness and support, as well as suicide prevention. 

Photo credit: Facebook/HERE COMES THE SUN

Here Comes the Sun will be hosted at Wellers Hill Bowls Club at 34 Esher St, Tarragindi. The event will run between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and entry will be completely free!

Those interested in confirming their attendance can do so by visiting their Facebook event page. For more information, and for the latest updates and announcements concerning the family fun day, follow their main Facebook page.

Upgrades Underway to Improve Wellers Hill Bowls Club in Tarragindi

If you’ve been by Wellers Hill Bowls Club in Tarragindi in recent weeks, you may have noticed the ongoing construction work to the front of the community space. Some upgrades are being done to improve the outdoor areas and further renovations will continue indoors in the next four months. 

The club confirmed the redevelopment in a post on Facebook as the first stage of the earthworks has gotten underway. This phase covers the construction of the wheelchair-accessible path to the entrance and the removal of the front garden section whilst changes will also be made to the courtyard.  

Despite the construction, Wellers Hill Bowls Club will continue to trade and serve visitors. The normal activities guests have enjoyed through the years, such as the Thursday Trivia Nights and Jack Attack (barefoot bowling), will not be interrupted. 

It is business as usual at the club! In fact, the weekend food truck showcase is still in full force with the following line-up for the month of March:

Photo Credit: Facebook

The upkeep and harvest from the Tarragindi Community Garden next door will not be affected by the renovations. However, the gardeners might have to make some sacrifices and use the rear entry for some weeks.

Meanwhile, Wellers Hill Bowls Club is seeking suggestions from the community for someone with a creative idea to turn a white wall into a beautiful mural. Do you know an artist who could make use of this free canvas? 

Photo Credit: Facebook

“We’re interested in some pieces that represent our club, the community or even just something nice to look at while we undergo renovations,” the club officials said.

Email bookings@whbowls.net if you have brilliant ideas on what design could go on this wall. 

The renovation works are expected to finish by June 2021.