Forty thousand square metres of turf and three days hard toil in freezing conditions didn’t dampen the spirits of the hardy band of volunteers who descended on Dundeoo Golf Club last week.
Volunteers from the local area, Sydney and interstate pitched in to lay the 14 truckloads of turf to repair the damage left after last months vandal attack, which all but destroyed the town’s golf course.
It took the 90 or so hardly souls almost three days to eventually lay the 32000 rolls and 8000 slabs – or about four football fields worth – in conditions where the mercury barely got about four degrees on some days.
Graeme Colless from Dad & Dave’s Turf farm came to the rescue; with 2GB’s Ray Hadley on board, Colless organised the mass arrival of turf, not only from Sydney but also Victoria and Queensland.
“There’s a lot of turf farmers who are here, we’ve all put in our time,” Colless said.
“I get a lot of enjoyment out of organising all of this, “It’s great to be a part of it.”
Club President Mark Gallagher said it was quite a moving moment to see the amount of support the club had received.
“This place is an outlet every Sunday for a lot of people in the town, even or during the week. It’s a bit of a hub.
“As you drive into Dunedoo, you see a sign with the towns’ motto; ‘it’s the people who make the difference’, and in Dunedoo, it really is true.
“It is a bit emotional to see all this happen to be honest.”
Local volunteer Lexi Gallagher agreed.
“This means the most to Dunedoo.
“So many people play golf here, and it’s just so amazing to see so many people helping.”