BOONAH Golf Club members are swinging their clubs in joy after they secured $10,000 in federal government funding towards a new greens mower.
The mower – which they will also pitch in for – will replace their archaic high-maintenance 25-year-old ride-on.
The club expects getting a new model will slash the amount of money they spend on maintaining their 9-hole course and help boost their reputation for having exceptionally maintained greens.
Club president Royce Fitzgerald said securing the $10,000 grant through the Commonwealth’s Stronger Communities program was a major boost.
“Small clubs like ours count on our good reputation for having beautiful greens to attract visitors from across the region and beyond, so having the capacity to maintain them well is so important,” he said.
“Without the appropriate government grants to help buy this machinery we would find it extremely difficult to operate the way we need to.
“This mower will give us a more precise cut and be less costly because we won’t always be putting it in for repairs and having to fix oil leaks.”
Wright MP Scott Buchholz congratulated the club on its success.
“The work the Boonah Golf Club does in bringing people together to get outside and do something good for their health, and also in bringing visitors to the region and boosting the local economy, is an asset to the community,” he said.
“I am proud to be part of a government which supports the initiatives of community-minded groups like the Boonah Golf Club and I congratulate the club on putting in a solid application to secure this funding.”
Round two of the Stronger Communities program is currently open to applications and closes April 29, 2016.
For more information visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp
For help with the application process phone the Wright electorate office on 07 5541 0150.