City of Kingston
September 2020 - June 2021

With the ever-increasing number of sporting patrons visiting the Moorabbin Bowls Club, Kingston City Council decided to fund the redevelopment of the No.3 green to provide an additional playing surface, and to better cater for the needs of the community with additional bowling facilities. Previously the No.3 Green had become a neglected dumping site for spoil and other waste material that was generated during the upgrade of the other facility greens, so a meticulous and systematic approach was necessary to ensure a successful outcome.

As sports field design and agronomic specialists, ETP Turf were engaged by the City of Kingston to design and formulate tender documents for the redevelopment of the No. 3 bowling green. Challenges arose early on due to the contamination from pesticides and heavy metals which threatened the project from going ahead. However, ETP Turf worked collaboratively with Council to redevelop the site whilst avoiding the issues associated with removing, handling, and disposing of the contaminated material, ensuring contractors could commence construction works safely.

The chosen solution was to build on top the existing site, making sure that any contaminated material was not only contained and buried, but no longer posed any long-term issues. The new design consisted of a larger 8 rink bowling green surface featuring a Tifdwarf couch surface.

Throughout the duration of the project, ETP Turf provided independent monitoring and direct consultancy to Council, construction supervision of the civil and excavation works including overseeing the construction of the new light towers onsite, establishment of the rootzone layer and grassing, right through to the end of the turf establishment phase and the final handover.

The team at ETP Turf are delighted to have played an integral role in the delivery of the upgraded bowling green within the specified time frame, and to have assisted Council with industry leading agronomic expertise ensuring a high-quality outcome was achieved. The bowling green is set to be fully operational by the upcoming season and will be a welcome addition and high performing asset to the Moorabbin Bowls Club moving forward.