Darling Irrigation were engaged following a stringent and competitive tender process for the supply and installation of a new irrigation system for 18 holes at the Cootamundra Country Club.
The project was the result of a $1.35 million grant from the NSW State Government. The Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Two program is a NSW State Government initiative and has been administered by Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC).
The submission put forward by Darling Irrigation was successful due to the quality of the proposal and confidence in our ongoing service and technical support. Other factors included the companies regional presence and involvement in the local community.
Darling Irrigation were also involved early in the process working through a budget for the subcommittee to put to the Governments grants department.
The objective for Darling Irrigation was to ensure and enhance the future long-term sustainability of the Cootamundra Country Club facilities, for the benefit of the Cootamundra community. The project will ultimately ensure the continued sustainability of the region’s most historically significant sports and recreational facility.
The existing out-dated irrigation system was installed over sixty years ago and could no longer provide a reliable and effective service to sustain the course throughout a 365-day sporting calendar and well into the future.
The system commenced construction in May 2019 with practical completion occurring late September 2019. JC Irrigation managed most of the construction works including installation of the pump station, pipelines and sprinklers under contract to Darling Irrigation. Toro Australia provided the sprinklers, valves and Lynx 2-wire control system. Works included a total of approximately 400 sprinklers and 13.5km of poly mainline and sub mains.
Challenges included a large amount of rock throughout parts of the course and working within the confines of a fully functioning golf course including dodging wayward golf balls
The project works included a pump and filter station installation, pipeline installation (including excavation) and butt/EF welding, sprinkler installation, valve, control system installation and commissioning/testing.
The Darling Irrigation solution solved the clients course irrigation problems by providing a low maintenance, low energy, fully functioning high tech modern system.
The project is also expected to deliver improved environmental outcomes, a more cost-effective sewage management CGRC, and improve the Club’s profitability.
The opening in November 2019 was attended by Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP, past Country Club and local Indigenous Elder Mr Bob Glanville, who delivered the Welcome to Country, CGRC Councillors, Abb McAlister, Dennis Palmer, Charlie Sheahan, Penny Nicholson and Leigh Bowden. Cootamundra Country Club Board Member and local golfers, bowls and community members.
The onsite crew received some highly positive accolades at the opening including a standing ovation. The emphasis on quality and professionalism throughout the installation process ensured the project was a great success.