Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty
Work Begins On $4 Million New Club House For Horsham Golf Club
Victor P Taffa
Horsham Golf Club is set to tee off an exciting new era of golf with works commencing today on a $4 Million club house to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty was at the Club today to launch the country qualifying round of the 2012 Victorian Four Ball Championship and take part in a ceremonial launch signalling the start of the long-awaited project.
“It’s great to see so many people here to take part in this state qualifying event.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“It shows just how vital local clubs like Horsham are in the future development of the sport throughout Victoria.”
“On February 7 2009, this community lost more than just a club house; it lost a valuable meeting place for both golfers and community members to get together, host tournaments, conferences, weddings, 21st birthdays and other community events and that’s why this project is so important.”
“With more and more people wanting to get involved in regional golf and we want to make sure our clubs have the facilities they need to grow memberships, cater for their communities, and host the big events.” Mr. Delahunty said.
Once complete the new club house project will deliver new change rooms, function areas, meeting rooms, administration area, bistro, members’ lounge, pro-shop, storage areas and amenities.
The Victorian Government has provided $1 Million in funding for the project, contributed by the Department of Planning and Community Development, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Regional Development Victoria and the Community Recovery Fund.
Mr. Delahunty congratulated the Horsham Golf Club on its efforts to secure the funding as well as its $3 Million contribution towards the project.
“Most importantly, thank you to the army of volunteers and community organisations who have helped the golf club during the recovery process, through cleaning up the area, tree planting and raising important funds.”
“It’s fantastic to see all that effort rewarded with what promises to be a club house facility on par with any in Victoria.” Mr. Delahunty said.