All clear on the fairway
Monday, 6th May, 2013
By Michael Murphy
An air of optimism swept over the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club yesterday when members were told of a deal to secure the club's future.
The club's board travelled to Sydney last week to meet with the owner of the course, Mildura developer Dialena.
The golf club had believed that Dialena reneged on a deal to maintain the course, and at one stage claimed it was owed $1.1 million.
The dispute had been raging for more than four years, but after a 10-hour mediation process in Sydney on Thursday, it was resolved.
Club President Tim O'Neill said yesterday that Dialena has agreed to compensate the club and take over the running of the course from January 31 next year.
Mr O'Neil wouldn't say exactly how much the club would receive, only that it was a "substantial amount".
"It's a good day," Mr O'Neil said yesterday after a round on the course.
"We will be quite financially sound if everything goes as planned," he said.
"It's great news the club will continue to run on as a 18-hole course."
Earlier this year, the club was considering closing nine holes because of mounting costs.
"We can now move forward and hopefully develop a good working relationship with the owners," Mr O'Neill said.
Under the deal, Dialena will be taking over the premises, greenkeeping, and the course shop, a load members have been carrying since 2008.
"We intend to give back to our members who have supported us over that period," Mr O'Neill said.
"The amount of volunteers that we have out here and what they do is just phenomenal.
"We wouldn't exist if it wasn't for our volunteers.
"It's great that we have come to an agreement with the owners.
"It's all about moving forward so we can all work together and live together, and keep the golf course moving onward and upwards, which is important for Broken Hill."