Clubs re­ceive new year cash boost

Midwest Times - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Santa Claus de­liv­ered more than $71,000 to three Mid West sport­ing groups on the eve of Christ­mas.

Yuna Ten­nis Club was given the big­gest gift of $38,925.

The money will be used to in­stall new LED light­ing across three courts, which will be resur­faced, while the fourth one will be patched. The fenc­ing around the four courts will be re­placed.

Other clubs suc­cess­ful in the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sport In­fra­struc­ture Grant pro­gram were the Don­gara Golf Club and the Deni­son Bowl­ing and Recre­ation Club. They re­ceived $19,469 and $12,975 re­spec­tively.

Yuna Ten­nis Club pres­i­dent Ash­ley Eas­tough said it was “mar­vel­lous” news.

“It’s great to see some fund­ing com­ing back to the bush,” he said.

“We are re­ally, re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive. It will be a great as­set for the district, it (these upgrades) will re­ally fin­ish it off, and with the lights, more peo­ple will be able to use the courts for longer.” He con­grat­u­lated club mem­bers Erin Green and Nicole Bat­ten for their ex­per­tise in writ­ing the grant ap­pli­ca­tion, and thanked Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price, who is also the Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, for ad­vo­cat­ing for the club.

Ms Price said more than 2000 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived na­tion­ally.

“This de­mand has demon­strated sport­ing and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions are cry­ing out for help to upgrade their fa­cil­i­ties,” Ms Price added. “Be­cause of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­ble eco­nomic man­age­ment and the de­liv­er­ing of a bud­get sur­plus, we are in the po­si­tion to in­crease the in­vest­ment.”

Don­gara Golf Club will in­stall a trans­portable ex­ter­nal ablu­tion block with dis­abled/uni­sex ac­cess for use when ex­ist­ing club­house fa­cil­i­ties are not avail­able.

Deni­son Bowl­ing and Recre­ation Club will in­stall glass slid­ing doors to the club fa­cil­i­ties to al­low dis­abled and easy ac­cess for aged mem­bers.

Ian Rose, of Don­gara Golf Club, said the club ap­pre­ci­ated the con­tri­bu­tion.

“It was des­per­ately needed for the in­creas­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors, tourists and club mem­bers us­ing the course out­side the times when the ex­ist­ing club­house fa­cil­i­ties are not avail­able,” he said.

“It is good for the town and peo­ple us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties and they will be able to ac­cess them more fre­quently.”

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