Narrandera is on its way to being one of the best golf courses in the northern Riverina with the official opening of the new irrigation and solar power systems.
The upgrades were opened by Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke on Saturday and were lauded by president Jeffrey Osmond as “revitalising” the club and boosting competition.
The total project amounted to $727,143 and included funding under the Stronger Country Communities Fund and Infra-structure Grants program.
“I’m so excited to be here today at the Narrandera Golf Club to unveil the wonderful new upgrades that will really boost this Club and help the volunteers,” Ms Cooke said. “We’re in for a hot summer and the solar panels will capture the sunlight coming our way over the next few months, cutting costs and increasing energy efficiency for the Golf Club.
“It’s also fantastic to see the old irrigation system has been completely modernised with new pumps, pipes and sprinklers. This will help control how the water is used on the grounds and means the Narrandera Golf Club can keep its greens looking great while reducing water wastage.
“Sport plays such a big role in the makeup of our communities, and having a well-maintained facility encourages more people to take part or to give a new sport a try.”
Club President Jeffrey Osmond said the upgrades would revitalise the Club and attract more visitors to the region.
“It’s great that project is now complete as we really needed to get an irrigation system up and running,” Mr Osmond said. “The course was completely dead and it’s now starting to come back beautifully, meaning players are returning to the course. Hopefully this will boost local competition and we can hold more tournaments in the years to come.”
Mr Osmond said the project had been 12 months in the making with initial funding applications made in conjunction with the council for $500,000 under the Stronger Country Community Fund.
“This money was used for pumping equipment and fairway irrigation. We then applied through Club Grants and received around $200,000 for greens and tees irrigation as well as solar power to the clubhouse.”
The total funding for both projects came to $727,143.
“Following this amount we had irrigation design from Peter Bruec Consulting and we then called for tenders to carry out the necessary program,” Mr Osmond said. “Water Tech Wagga was handed the contract to carry out this project.
“The major equipment supplier, Toro Australia, was immense help in all facets of the installation of the irrigation system.”
Mr Osmond paid tribute to the hard working volunteers who helped the contractors by supplying a total of 600 man hours. He said the contract for the solar system installation to the clubhouse was awarded to Daniel Ragan Electrics, Narrandera.