02 Jun 2021 | Clubs & Facilities |

Grants given to SA clubs, facilities

by Mark Hayes

Relief will soon be at hand for Copperclub at The Dunes Port Hughes players (from left) Thora Mitchell, Julie Harrison, Kathy Fogden and Christine Marshall.
Relief will soon be at hand for Copperclub at The Dunes Port Hughes players (from left) Thora Mitchell, Julie Harrison, Kathy Fogden and Christine Marshall.

Eight golf clubs and facilities received funding in grants announced this week by the South Australian Government.

Clubs on the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas, in the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, south-east South Australia and metro Adelaide will all benefit from funding announced by the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Corey Wingard.

The largest slice of funding was given to the booming North Adelaide Golf Course, with $216,000 for major irrigation improvements.

Regional clubs Penola ($46,100) and Clare ($37,100) also received funding for their own irrigation projects.

On the Eyre Peninsula, Elliston Golf Club received $15,750 for artificial tee blocks and signage, while Port Lincoln Golf Club got $23,000 for stormwater works.

Aston Hills won $15,950 for solar panels, while Flagstaff Hill will get $21,750 for irrigation improvements.

And the Copperclub at The Dunes Port Hughes, at the north of the Yorke Peninsula, will be improved by $12,400 for on-course toilets and a drinking fountain.

Adelaide-based Matt Chesterman, Golf Australia’s clubs and facilities support manager, was excited for the clubs that received funding.

“It’s a great chance for those clubs to attack projects they’ve desired for a while and for those to ultimately benefit club members and visitors to public facilities,” Chesterman said.

“It’s a great credit to Golf Australia’s grant writing program that we’ve been able to secure almost $400,000 in total funding for facilities across South Australia.

“And we encourage more clubs to use that tool because there will be another round of grant applications called for soon.”

In total, Wingard announced funding of $24million for facilities across 39 sports.

“These grants will assist sport and recreation organisations across the state to develop core infrastructure and community hubs that will directly impact participation through the rational development of well-designed and utilised facilities,” Wingard said.

“We expanded our Grassroots Funding Program to include all sports – not just footy, cricket and netball – and also offered more opportunity for regional level facility projects to get off the ground.”

South Australian golf clubs that did not receive funding, or those that have projects in mind, are encouraged to contact Ashleigh Stratford, GA’s clubs and facilities support manager for South Australia.

"We ask that clubs act on this as quickly as possible because Ashleigh and our team need as much notice as they can to help guide clubs and facilities down the right path," Chesterman said.

"Please send an email to ashleigh.stratford@golf.org.au to begin the discussion about your project’s eligibility and the application process as soon as you can."

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