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Golf’s welcome return

Saturday, 15th July, 2017

Wilcannia Golf Club Secretary Manager, Margaret Stribbles, was all smiles at the announcement of help to get the town’s golf course up and running again. PICTURE: Supplied Wilcannia Golf Club Secretary Manager, Margaret Stribbles, was all smiles at the announcement of help to get the town’s golf course up and running again. PICTURE: Supplied

The Wilcannia Golf Club will soon be back on the map after the NSW Government committed to help rebuild the town’s disused nine-hole course.

Deputy Premier and the Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, and the Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries delivered the news of grant which will go towards revitalising the course.

Once that is done, Golf NSW will run instructor training for school teachers  and arrange periodical visits from golf professionals for more formal coaching.

Mr Barilaro praised Golf NSW for offering such help.

“I want to thank Golf NSW for showing leadership in this. There are parts of our community in regional NSW that don’t get the attention and love that they should, and these kids deserve as much of a go as anyone else,” he said.

Besides expert advice from consultant agronomist, Martyn Black, about course maintenance, when the project is complete, Golf NSW will supply the club with 30 sets of clubs and 2000 balls.

Local MP Kevin also praised Golf NSW.

“I think Golf NSW has made an outstanding contribution out here, particularly in time and effort,” Mr Humphries said.

“The fact that personnel are out here advising and working with the Wilcannia community to revitalize the facility is fantastic.

Local grazier and Golf Club Director, Chad Howard, said it was all about keeping towns like Wilcannia alive.

“It’s a positive for the town, like having a local butcher or a local baker,” Mr Howard said.  

“It’s a social meeting point, a place to have a talk with your friends and spend a few hours together. If you don’t have these facilities you lose where you come from.”

The Club’s Secretary Manager, Margaret Stribbles, expects the completed work to be good for the town.

“It’s an all-around good sport to play, and I can’t see why the locals here won’t get on board. I know there are a few keen golfers out here, but there’s been no structured golf for a long time.

“I’m a keen golfer and I can’t wait.”

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