The Oakbank Bowling Club prides itself on delivering the most enjoyable lawn bowls experience imaginable and now thanks to a Community Development Grant it is also a safer experience.
With a grant of $2,465 there is now a fully automated St John's Defibrillator Unit sitting in easy reach of the bowling green, providing peace of mind and a safer playing environment.
Secretary of the Oakbank Bowling Club, Trevor Norman, was bowled over by how easy it was to apply for the grant that has provided so much confidence to club members, players and everyone visiting the club for events or matches.
"Our club clientele is primarily older people and for a long time there has been a concern about health-related incidents either while people are playing or spectating for many hours in hot conditions," Trevor says.
"We decided, therefore, to take advantage of the opportunity provided by Adelaide Hills Council through one of the Community Development Grants and put in a request for funding to obtain a defibrillator unit.
"Many lives have been saved during sporting activities by having a defibrillator present and now our unit is there ready for any incident that may occur with players or spectators."
Going through the application process Trevor found the form straightforward to fill in and says accessing the eligibility criteria and other information provided on the Council website, and checking in with the grant application workshops, provided answers to all his questions.
"Having a clear idea about what you want to achieve and how the funding will support your community is a great place to start and booking in to attend either the in-person or online grant information session will also help you to be successful," Trevor says.
"Make sure you do your research and fully cost the equipment or other items you are applying for because it isn't an intimidating process, and anyone can enjoy the benefits if they have a worthwhile project or item in mind.
"Since we have installed the defibrillator, we have had events including home games and even some finals where people have expressed that they feel so reassured that the unit is there and available if needed.
"The benefits have been enormous without us even having to use the unit, so we are extremely grateful to the Adelaide Hills Council for providing these funds, so we encourage others to apply – it's easy!"
Due to the upcoming local government election the community grants program is being held from 1-30 June with decisions on recipients announced in August.