Row­ing Club’s lucky for­tune

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

Row­ing Club pres­i­dent Robert O’Hal­lo­ran was over­whelmed with ap­pre­ci­a­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing the fund, which will al­low the club to make sev­eral changes and up­grades to its al­ready pop­u­lar precinct.

Mr O’Hal­lo­ran said there’ll be a heap of work to be done on the club rooms, hop­ing for it all to be com­pleted within an 18-month time­line.

An oven splash­back, new kitchen bench­tops, new fridges, com­mer­cial dish­wash­ers, new car­pet and floor­ing and the re-align­ment of the club bar among other ap­pli­ances are just some of the brand new fea­tures Mr O’Hal­lo­ran is look­ing for­ward to.

A se­cu­rity sys­tem will also be in­stalled with a new key­less door, while the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal sound sys­tem will be up­graded to a suit­able stan­dard for events in Row­ers Park.

There will also be a new en­trance to the club build­ing, with its cur­rent door to be used for kitchen pur­pose only once the up­grades are com­plete. Club mem­bers will be given pin num­bers to en­ter the new door.

Mr O’Hal­lo­ran said the up­grades are set to ben­e­fit a lot of peo­ple.

“This is fan­tas­tic for the whole club and com­mu­nity re­ally, it’s of­ten very busy here with peo­ple rang­ing from young kids to the older gen­er­a­tions too,” he told The Free Press.

“We of­ten get the footy play­ers in here, the cricket play­ers use the gym in here too – it re­ally is a great fam­ily club.

“We’re try­ing to keep things mod­ern and up to date to re­ally keep peo­ple in­volved and us­ing our fa­cil­i­ties.

“There’ll be a lot of re-jig­ging things, all the pho­tos on the wall will be moved too, but this fund­ing is re­ally go­ing to have the club run­ning for the next cou­ple of years.

“We’re re­ally over the moon right now. It’s hon­estly hard to put into words how happy and grate­ful we are for this.”

Mr O’Hal­lo­ran said he was “in­cred­i­bly” thank­ful and gave praise to the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, who helped with get­ting their ap­pli­ca­tion ap­proved, and the NSW Gov­ern­ment.

“You can see what it’s done for us and what it’s go­ing to do,” he said.

The Corowa Row­ing Club is open all-year long and is start­ing to kick into gear as we head into the sum­mer months. If you want to get in­volved, visit the web­site here: http:// www.corowarow­ing­, or con­tact club pres­i­dent Robert O’Hal­lo­ran on 0417 343 975.

Re­fur­bish­ment of the Corowa Row­ing Club is now im­mi­nent af­ter the club was given $95,898 worth of fund­ing as part of round two of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties Fund.

Lo­cal 12-year-old rower Emily Price pic­tured with club pres­i­dent Robert O’Hal­lo­ran, in front of what will be the new front en­trance to the club af­ter re­fur­bish­ments are com­plete.

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