With the advent of Yunderup Canals in the early 70’s and particularly following the liquidation auctions by the R&I Bank from 1976, population in South Yunderup was on a rapid increase.
It became evident that the growing population, many with children, needed sporting facilities and Friday drinkers needed a place, so the idea was born to create a Sports and Recreation Club.
Old tennis courts and bowling green before opening.
In 1982 sufficient ratepayers were in a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 project with costs coming from State Government, Council and the Club with the latter being by the NW ward to warrant another Councillor and Ken Gilbert was persuaded to stand and fortunate enough to get elected. To this end, Council agreed to support way of both cash and “in kind” work value.
The Club was provided with $40,000 from the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation and the Shire proceeded with raising a loan for its contribution. Club members held regular fund raising activities and in all, the committee cash contribution to the project amounted to $33,334.
But just as planning started to get underway on Lot 9 and some earthworks carried out, Sunland approached the two Yunderup council members offering to set aside 12000 sq. m. in the Murray Lakes project dedicated to the Club over and above their required 10% for public open space. In addition, they would pass to the Club, title to land opposite, intended to be sold by the Club for later expansion of the facilities. The Club committee, abandoned Lot 9 and in June 1984, with Murray Shire and Dept. of Youth, Sport and Recreation, agreement resolved to apply their grants to the Delta Drive site.
AT LONG LAST. BUILDING OF THE YUNDERUP SPORT & RECREATION CLUB BEGINS. THE STEEL STRUCTURING WAS COMMENCED 1985. THE BRICKS WERE DELIVERED 1985. THE BRICKIES STARTED LAYING ON FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER AND FINISHED ON SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 1985.
Clubrooms construction went to tender in September 1985 and the tender was won by Murray Shire Council for $89,000. Construction started in November 1985 using local tradesmen. During construction, donations to the club continued and donors were recognised by having their names engraved in a brick built into the rooms.
CONCRETE SLAB POURED NOV 1985
The clubrooms and tennis courts were opened in September 1986 by the Hon Keith Wilson who, with local member Wendy Fatin, arrived at the Club by boat to undertake this ceremony.
The members keen to eventually become lawn bowlers in the Club, slaved away tirelessly leveling, planting and reticulating the greens. The bowling facilities were eventually opened in March 1988 by Graeme Edwards the then Minister for Sport and Recreation. All the self help was represented as part of the Club’s 1/3 contribution.
With the Club rooms in operation, the committee scrounged a cool room and coca cola fridges and a bar, obtained a liquor license and the regular darts, table tennis, indoor bowls and occasional dances commenced.
As time progressed, the demography of Yunderup leaned toward retirement and aged residents and bowling became the predominant sport of the Club members.
The big challenge now emerging is to continue the existing camaraderie and provide for the requirements, participation and community spirit of ratepayers in Austin Cove.
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