Construction of a new synthetic bowling facility at Tarcoola Village is well under way after a 1.2m-deep hole for the $140 000 three-rink green was dug during Monday and yesterday.
Shepparton Villages maintenance and project manager Edward McNair said lime would be laid to stabilise the base of the hole this week. Mr McNair said six levels of sand would then be compacted before the synthetic surface was laid.
"We need to compact six levels, so there is no soft spots on the green and the bowls run truly," he said.
"Bowling greens are all about preparation."
The bowling green is part of a near-$4 million project to start the $30 million Tarcoola redevelopment plan.
The first stage of the four-stage project will build 15 new independent living units, the bowling green and extend the activity centre.
Mr McNair said the concrete slab for the activity centre extension was poured last week.
The finished redevelopment will have 60 new independent living units and an aged-care facility for 90 people on Chas Johnson Reserve, replacing Hakea Lodge.
Shepparton Villages chief executive Kevin Bertram expects an April finish for the first stage and the enure redevelopment to be completed within eight years.
Mr Bertram said the bowling green would be an important inclusion for Tarcoola residents.
"The green provides fun, gentle exercise, social interaction, a little bit of competition, and enjoyment for friends and family of the residents," he said.
"Imagine Saturday nights in summer sitting out the back of the activity centre overlooking the bowls green with a cold drink in hand." Mr Bertram said eight of the 15 new independent living units had been sold.
The units are being built on the former Banksia Lodge and demolished housing sites.
Banksia Lodge was demolished at Tarcoola in October 2009 and relocated to Kialla Gardens Village.
The new Tarcoola units will contain two bedrooms, a lounge room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry and double garage.
The demolished units housed residents for 30 years and contained a bedroom, lounge room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Residents who lived in the demolished units were relocated to Tarcoola aged-care or other independent houses at Rodney Park or Kialla Gardens.
As printed in the Shepparton News on Wednesday October 12, 2011.