A new clubhouse opened its doors in Baradine today, replacing the existing 72-year-old timber building and breathing new life into the region’s golf community.
Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, who attended today’s official opening, said the project provided a welcome boost to the local economy which is feeling the effects of the drought.
“This project provided jobs for local tradies and generated money through local suppliers who are doing it tough in this ongoing drought,” Mr Coulton said.
“The new clubhouse will continue to deliver economic benefits to the region as it will be used more often as a dining and functions venue, creating a drawcard for tourists visiting for golf open days and tournaments.
“The immediate social benefits of this event will be felt by the community as a whole and will pave the way for a brighter future for the area.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s investment in sporting and community events helps to grow Australia’s regional towns.
“Facilities such as this serve more than golfers alone, with the whole community benefitting from the economic stimulus and new functions space offered by this project,” Mr McCormack said.
“This is now the perfect venue for the community to hold events, which will boost social interactions.”
The works included the demolition of the existing facility and building a new clubhouse equipped with plumbing, electrical services and an internal revitalisation that is up to Work, Health and Safety standards.
The project received $140,515 in Federal Government funding under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). The BBRF is an $841 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Baradine Golf Club Inc. contributed the remaining funds to the project.
Applications for Round 4 of the Building Better Regions Fund are now open and close on 19 December 2019. This round is wholly and solely dedicated to communities hardest hit by the drought. All eligible organisations which have a shovel-ready project are encouraged to lodge an application.
Further information on eligibility and how to apply is available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf