The Maldon Golf Club have upgraded their clubhouse and enhanced access for all abilities thanks to $15,000 from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has visited the club to see the improvements.
“It’s great to see smaller, regional clubs like the Maldon Golf Club being recognised through the Stronger Communities Programme.”
“It is a highly competitive fund so I commend the hard work of the Maldon Golf Club.”
The project will improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to Central Victoria’s vibrant community life.
“Research shows sporting clubs help generate significant social, economic and health benefits to communities,” Chesters said.
“Without the appropriate infrastructure and facilities to support sport, the associated benefits would not be reached.
“The Stronger Communities programme is an exciting opportunity for our invaluable community organisations offering support to regional infrastructure, programs and events.”
Maldon Golf Club is one of 20 Central Victorian organisations who have received a share of $150,000 through the program, which funds small capital projects in local communities that deliver social benefits.
Maldon Golf Club Secretary, Bob Briggs said the upgrades will help attract users to allow the facility to become a well-used community hub.
“It’s not just members of the golf club who’ll benefit from these renovations, the clubhouse is often used by local council, businesses and community members for meetings and gatherings,” Briggs said.
“We’ve now paved and extended the outdoor area to include seating overlooking the 18th fairway.
“We’ve also have created a more user-friendly entrance and ramp to allow for the elderly and disabled.”
“This grant has allowed us to create an amenity to draw lots of people together for social participation,” Briggs said.
Lisa Chesters said the list of sporting facilities in need of upgrades across the electorate is endless.
“More projects like this could be funded if the Morrison Government funded a sporting infrastructure and maintenance blitz.”