WEST Sale Bowls Club is reaping the benefits of renovations to its clubrooms and surrounds.

The club, which is located in Wurruk, has spent the past three years upgrading and rebuilding many of its facilities.

These upgrades have, in the words of secretary Kerry Binotto, brought the club “into the 21st century”.

Funds for an upgrade were initially provided by the Latrobe Valley Assistance Program, which donated $75,000 to the club.

This money went toward a new office, storeroom and indoor furniture.

More funds were provided by the John Leslie Foundation, which were put toward upgrades to the outdoor area, barbecue, and blinds.

An insurance claim for property damage – caused by the storms that occurred in June 2021 – went towards the construction of outdoor shade structures, while another grant from the Cancer Council, worth $30,000, allowed for the purchase of new shade sails.

Further funding assistance was provided by the Wellington Shire.

Additionally, the club was able to procure new outdoor seating through the generous donations of its members.

Ms Binotto estimates the total cost of the renovations to be around $550,000.

She said the improvements had made a “big difference” to club, and increased its membership numbers as a result.

“We’re actually now getting a couple of functions outside of the club like wedding receptions, wakes, things like that,” Ms Binotto said.

West Sale was formed six years ago through a merger with the Sale Golf and Wurruk Bowls Clubs.

The club last week hosted the West Sale Classic Fours tournament, its sixth year of doing so.

Local teams from Paynesville, Morwell and Mirboo North participated in the event, in addition to clubs from as far afield as Yass, Canberra, Bega and Melbourne.

The tournament concluded Friday.