Clubs receive new year cash boost
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.”