Cowra Bowling Club marks end of lockdown, new renovation stage

With the lifting of lockdown early Saturday morning, Cowra residents enjoyed getting out and about over the weekend.

The easing of restrictions meant local pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants were able to once again open their doors to patrons in a COVID safe manner.

The team at the Cowra Bowling Club saw a capacity crowd over the weekend and manager Marc Eisenhauer said it was the perfect way to welcome back members and guests.

"Everyone was just happy to be out," he said.

"The weather was great, it was a great atmosphere.

"We had a lot of young people in and the weather being the weather it was, they were very transient. I think every venue did well as well."

Along with dining in being back on the menu, as well as the club's other weekly events, the lifting of stay-at-home orders saw bowls back on.

"We had 46 bowlers, which was a record for us on a Saturday," Mr Eisenhauer said.

"[It was] spread over two greens so they played every second rink, it was done in a COVID safe manner.

"There was absolutely not one complaint I had from the weekend. Everyone was just happy to be out, happy to socialise, happy to see friends."

There was one concern however, Mr Eisenhauer said, with residents of other local government areas (LGAs) attempting to enter the club.

He said local police assisted the club with the matter.

"Interesting thing about the weekend is we refused 32 people entry who came in from different LGAs, which was a surprise to me," he said.

"They took a very common sense approach I think the police did and everyone was enjoying themselves."

Along with the easing of restrictions, the next stage of renovations has gotten under way at the club with a new, multi-functional extension being built to compliment the members' lounge.

The space will be designed for both indoor and outdoor use, with a barbecue area and large, glass doors looking out onto the green, and can be used functions or for patrons to simply take advantage of the warmer weather.

Mr Eisenhauer said the aim is to have the space finished for the start of Business House Bowls at the end of October and early November.

"We're looking forward to finishing the project now," he said.

"The goal is to have it finished by then, opened up by then so everyone can have the barbecue and enjoy that outdoor area.

"The weather, the way it was on Saturday, is why that room was built.

"It's going to be a nice room, especially on beautiful summer days."

The new space will also allow for an increase in seating capacity and Mr Eisenhauer encouraged residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to bring back from normalcy to Cowra.

"We can get back to a normal life as soon as everyone gets jabbed," he said.