The clubhouse of the Walcha Golf Club is getting a significant upgrade this year, including improving accessibility with a disabled toilet and ramp, made possible by a state government grant.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was joined by Deputy Premier Paul Toole at the club on Tuesday to deliver the good news and said the $161,305 NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund grant was an exciting win for the 86-year-old Walcha Golf Clubhouse.
“The renovations will provide the Walcha community with a modern and vibrant building that will be used regularly by golfers and also to host many community functions,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is a great win for the community of Walcha and everyone who uses these facilities.
“Spending time socialising with family or friends will be even more enjoyable with the refurbishment which will future-proof and modernise the clubhouse.
“A project on this scale is simply beyond the financial means of a volunteer-run club, so I’m delighted this funding has been secured and I congratulate the club.”
Walcha Golf Club President Allan Green said the club was delighted to receive the funding and thanked the State Government for the opportunity to apply for it.
“This grant will be used to modernise and restore the ageing building,” Mr Green said.
“It will include the replacement of windows, external cladding with colorbond, upgraded heating, renovation to the women’s and men’s bathrooms, installing a disability toilet and the installation of a disability ramp.
“The upgrade of our Clubhouse will provide an appropriate physical facility to service the needs of the golfing community within Walcha and surrounding district.
“It will also cater for visitors’ needs when tournaments and functions are held at the Club.
“Small clubs such as ours cannot survive without these grants being available.
“Our Club is mostly run by volunteers and as experienced by the last few years with drought, fires, mice and then COVID.
“It has proved its worth in boosting the wellbeing and mental stability of our community members.”
The Club has a builder ready to start the refurbishment, alongside local contractors, and hopes to have the project completed by October this year.