As the result of the City of Melville Lawn Bowls Strategy, Final Report May 2016, and a number of Council Decisions in 2016 (see above for City of Melville Lawn Bowls Strategy, Final Report May 2016), Tompkins Park was endorsed as the central northern site for any future development of lawn bowls in the City of Melville.
For over 18 months, the City worked closely with representatives of both the Melville and Mt Pleasant Bowling Club’s as the Tompkins Park Relocation Group (TPRG) regarding their relocation to the new facility.
The City's goal is to ensure bowls players have a new modern facility within Melville and a sustainable future for the Club and the sport, so that people who want to play bowls can continue to do so for many years
Tompkins Park is 330 metres away from the current Melville Bowling Club site.
- Working with the TPRG, discussions were based around the two Clubs merging into one new Club and moving to the new facility.
- Throughout this time Melville Bowling and Recreation Club was always an active participant and supportive of what the City is trying to achieve.
- With a significant change in the Club’s Management Committee in 2018, the Club advised they no longer want to be involved with the proposed merge or relocation to the new facility.
- In line with Council’s decisions, the City continues to progress the Tompkins Park relocation project without the Melville Bowling and Recreation Club and continues to work positively with the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club to relocate to the new facilities.
- This now provides the opportunity for Mt Pleasant Bowling Club to remain as an existing Club and relocate to the new facilities at Tompkins Park, so the City is now progressing the redevelopment with the exclusion of the Melville Bowling Club.
- The Melville Bowling Club will be notified of lease termination and therefore vacation of the current premises when the appropriate time has come, and their members will be encouraged to join Mt Pleasant Bowling Club.
- The Mt Pleasant Bowling Club will be notified of their lease termination to coincide with relocation to the new facility at Tompkins Park thus ensuring minimal disruption and down time to club activities.
As a result of the Melville Bowling and Recreation Club withdrawing from the relocation project, the City has reviewed its initial assumptions regarding bowls participation to ensure responsible and prudent project management. Consequently the City will reduce the number of bowling greens to 2 greens with 21 rinks (1 x 9 rink green covered and 1 x 12 rink green uncovered) at the new Tompkins Park facility, due to the fact that only the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club will now be relocating.
Wave Park Project
Regardless of whether or not the proposed Wave Park proceeds (it is currently still subject to various approvals as part of its conditional ground lease with the City), planning and construction for the new bowling facility is still proceeding to occur as part of the Tompkins Park redevelopment project with a view to have construction commencing in mid-2019.
Should the Wave Park project not proceed, the City will likely seek expressions of interest for the site where the Melville Bowling Club currently sits, in line with its Sport and Recreation zoning and previous Council resolution.