Turn On The Water
A large crowd gathered at Cootamundra’s Country Club yesterday, to mark the opening of the new irrigation system on the Golf Course installed by Darling Irrigation.
The project is 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 Project’s objective is to ensure and enhance the future long-term sustainability of the Cootamundra Country Club facilities, for the benefit of the Cootamundra community. It will ensure the continued sustainability of the region’s most historically significant sports and recreational facility.
The out-dated and unreliable irrigation system was installed over sixty years ago and could no longer provide a system that could maintain and sustain the course throughout a 365-day sporting calendar.
Founded in 1895 the course is the oldest 18-hole country course in New South Wales. The Club currently uses Cootamundra – Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) treated sewerage water for irrigation.
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 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.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP said she was so excited to be a part of this massive project.
“I would really like to acknowledge the efforts and hard work from all at the Country Club, the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council team. Seeing this project through to its completion is such an achievement. The Cootamundra Country Club is a fantastic venue, and these improvements will ensure its future,” Ms Cooke said.
CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister said this is a fabulous project and will attract out of town golfers.
“We hope to see tournaments that will attract professional golfers and visiting golfers with a course that will be available year round. It’s also a fantastic use of recycled water and will be an economic benefit for both the club and Council,” Cr McAlister said.
A new maintenance shed to meet Work Health and Safety requirements is nearing completion and work is about to commence on the construction of up to 800m of new cart paths as part of the overall grant. The new cart paths golf cart paths will minimise compaction across the course and improve pedestrian and public safety. The addition of safe cart paths will increase the “playing life” of golfers.