The long- awaited bowling green at Fraser Shores Two retirement village has finally commenced construction and no one is happier than resident Ron Smith.

Ron, 95, with his late wife Marjorie has been campaigning for a bowling green at the Hervey Bay village since first moving in 11 years ago.

The avid bowler was a bowling coach in the 80s and hopes the new greens will provide an opportunity to teach other residents in the village. His only regret is that his wife Marjorie who died recently is no longer here to share his excitement.

Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kelvin Kerkow OAM attended on the day, turning the sod of the new bowling green site and sharing stories with residents.

The bowling green is due to be finished at the end of the year and Mr Kerkow said he  planned to coach residents who were interested in learning the game.

Uniting and Blue Care General Manager of Retirement Living Kim Teudt said Mr Kerkow was an outstanding ambassador for their retirement villages.

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