Vital clubhouse improvements, irrigation installations, green upgrades, and accessibility initiatives are some of the projects which can now be completed following the latest rounds of Category 3 infrastructure grants and Regional Sports Facility Funds, which were announced this week.
Eight clubs across New South Wales have had applications through the schemes approved by the New South Wales Government.
Leeton Golf Club in the State’s southwest is one of the organisations to benefit with $425,500 allocated to the construction of a multi-purpose sporting facility via the Regional Sports Facilities Fund.
Secretary of Leeton Golf Club Jacqui Walsh, said the members were over the moon to receive the news.
“It is so exciting for our members and the community at large to finally have a golf club again.
“We lost our identity as a golfing club, and our members lost their home base when our original clubhouse was demolished.
“Even though we haven’t had a facility for ten years, we have still managed to have a steady membership growth.
“To be able to build a modern club which will include State of the art digital technology, a golf simulator, an indoor-outdoor area which will be fully inclusive to all members is just incredible, a fantasstic opportunity,” Ms Walsh said.
Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said the grants process, although competitive, is a significant help for all recipient clubs.
“The grant process is very competitive, and to be successful, it can often take a few attempts.
“The membership of Leeton is clearly very excited to know they will soon have a club house again, while Blackheath, which has received $165,250 to replace the clubhouse roof after applying a number of times is an example of the persistence required.”
“Without the assistance of the State government, many of the clubs simply couldn’t complete these sorts of projects.”
The successful Clubs and some of the projects are:
Regional Sports Facility Fund 2020/21
Laurieton United Services Club (Kew Country Club):
Upgrades of the bowling green and golf paths – $205,600
Leeton Golf Club:
Construction of a multi-purpose sporting facility – $525,500
Tura Beach Country Club:
Installation of new irrigation – $580,000
Category 3 Infrastructure Grants- February 2021
Blackheath Golf and Community Club
Replacement of golf clubhouse roof – $165,250
Jerilderie Sports Club
Replacement of greens $134,490
Bermagui Country Club
Installation of two external lifts – $136109
Coolamon Sport and Recreation Club
Refurbishment of restroom facilities – $74700
Emu Plains Sporting and Recreation Club
Upgrade of accessible toilets – $80000