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10 July 2017
Meet one of the Queensland winners of our sports grant competition.
Miles is a town that understands the importance of preserving its heritage.
Nestled 340km inland from Brisbane, the town sprung to life in the 1870s to act as a railway centre for supplies to western parts of the state.
Today, a little piece of early-day Miles lives on in the town's main attraction – a historical village which recreates the atmosphere of a Queensland town at the turn of the century.
But this isn't the only Miles institution looking to uphold a legacy the whole town can be proud of.
The Miles Bowls Club is quietly determined to rejuvenate their membership and keep the lights on at their community bowling centre – quite literally.
With an average member age of 55, introducing younger people to the sport is key for the club. But without better lighting to support late afternoon and early evening competitions that suit the study schedules of school-age students, this is a tough ask.
It was this challenge that caught our attention and led to a $10,000 sports grant win for the self-funded club in our national competition.
"We are very grateful to Origin for this $10,000 grant as it will allow us to light up our playing greens in the evening so more people can come down and have a bowl after school and after work," says Steve Osborne, who wrote the winning submission for the Miles Bowls Club.
"This will allow us to grow our participation and continue to provide a safe and friendly meeting place for locals."
The funding is a fitting reward for this community-based organisation and its volunteer crew.
So next time you're in town, spend a day on the green with the team from Miles Bowls Club – we've got a feeling their future is history in the making.