Accessibility improvements, sewerage and irrigation repairs, solar panelling installs and water management programs are some of the initiatives which will be undertaken after the latest round of Community Building Partnership Grants (CBP) were released.
A collaboration between the NSW Government and grass-roots community organisations, the purpose of the CBP program is to develop projects which could not proceed without funding support.
Sixteen clubs across the State have had their funding applications through the scheme approved by the New South Wales Government.
Blayney Golf Club in the state's Central West is one of the organisations to benefit from the scheme, with funds going towards an all-access toilet, and replacing some weathered windows in the clubhouse.
Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole delivered the good news to the club during the Christmas break.
"It's great to see Blayney Golf Club commit to this dual outcome; a more accessible bathroom facility, and an updated look for the front of the club – both will improve the amenity of the space."
"The new special needs toilet facility makes our fairway more inclusive and appealing to locals and visitors who need greater access," added the club's president Mick Miskell.
"We'll also be replacing the ageing windows out the front, which will provide for an even nicer place to sit and have a beer."
On Sydney's Northern Beaches, Long Reef Golf Club is redeveloping its practice facilities to allow for better all-abilities access.
Ben Russell, general manager of Long Reef said the club had been a leader in fostering the sport for players of all abilities across the Northern Beaches for close to a decade.
"Without the assistance of the NSW Government, many of the clubs simply couldn't complete these sorts of projects." – Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW
"Long Reef, in partnership with Empower Golf and the Sargood Foundation, have been increasing participation of all ability golfers since 2015.
"Now the home of Empower Golf on the Northern Beaches, the club has focussed on making all facilities wheelchair and Paragolfer accessible.
"This grant has enabled the club to upgrade the practice facilities so that users of the Paragolfer can manoeuvre the all-terrain wheelchair to the nets and safely practice in an oversize hitting bay.
"This is another step towards growing the game of golf and giving everyone the opportunity to participate," Mr Russell said.
Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said the grants, although small, are a significant help for many clubs.
"The works to be undertaken by the successful clubs not only assist by improving their facilities but also help the sport grow through better access for all.
"Without the assistance of the NSW Government, many of the clubs simply couldn't complete these sorts of projects."
The successful clubs and some of their projects are:
- Oberon Golf Club - Replace clubhouse auto front doors.
- Blayney Golf Club - Accessible bathroom and new windows
- Tura Beach Country Club - Refurbishment of disabled and public access change room and toilet facilities.
- Springwood Country Club - Replace and repair sewerage system.
- Sawtell Golf Club - Concrete cart paths
- Gooloogong Country Club - Kitchen refurb stage two
- Bonnie Doon Golf Club - On course all-ability toilet facilities
- Coast Golf & Recreation Golf Club - Men's public access toilet upgrade
- Bogan Gate Golf Club Co-Op - Solar panels
- Kempsey Golf Club - Resurface carpark access.
- Wauchope County Club - Stage two irrigation upgrade and water-use management.
- Harrington Waters Golf Club - Solar panelling
- Barraba Golf Club - Golf equipment and machinery shed
- Dungog District Golf Club - Renovate club facilities and installation of a unisex accessible toilet
- Long Reef Golf Club - Redevelopment of practice facilities to allow disability access
- Shortland Waters Golf Club - Refurbish outdoor café