Two Griffith men have shown an interest in providing a new recreational activity for the city, but admit they still face challenges.
Roger Green and Peter Lowman have come together to try and form a Croquet Club in Griffith although they have run into an issue.
After coming back from a trip to Howlong in Victoria, Mr Green was straight to council with a proposal.
“It was the first time I had played croquet and I thought it was a pretty good game,” he said.
With that in mind Mr Green wrote to council seeking permission to use the old bowling green site across the road from Exies as the starting point.
“In my fourteen years I have lived in Griffith nothing has been there,” he said.
“That would make the perfect start point with a little bit of work.”
The response Mr Green received back from Griffith City Council was positive and said no staff member had any objections to the proposal put forward.
The issue for getting the club off the ground according to Mr Green would be the financial ask from Council.
In order to use the former bowling greens the club would be forced to pay $540 per annum for the licencing fee under council’s adopted Revenue Policy for 2016/17 as well as potentially having to play Property Lease Administration Fee of $388.
While confident the club would get off the ground Mr Green feels it is tough for a not yet existing club to pay fees such as these.
“We have had some great support from the community,” he said.
“It will give older people then chance to get away from the television.
“We have even had school teachers express interest for the students to take part.”
Mr Green said he has received offers of help from other croquet clubs around the area.
“Wagga has show they will support us with some equipment just to get us started,” he said.
“Even Croquet NSW have said they will help with some yearly grants.”
Mr Lowman said it would take a bit of hard work to get the greens to the condition required but suggested many hands would make light work.
Anyone with an interest in croquet are urged to contact Roger Green on 0438 248 241 or Peter Lowman on 0429 627 691.