Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Muswellbrook Golf Club will soon become one of regional NSW’s best equipped 18-hole courses, with the NSW Government announcing funding of $1 million to upgrade club facilities and build a new squash court.
Mr Johnsen said funding would enable construction of a competition standard squash facility, a junior golf driving range, clubhouse extensions, additional women’s rest rooms, perimeter safety fencing and automated reuse water irrigation system.
“These upgrades will reinvigorate club members and benefit community health and fitness levels by encouraging lapsed golfers to dust off their clubs and attract social and competition squash players of all ages,” Mr Johnsen said.
“What’s more, local businesses will benefit as the clubhouse upgrades and squash courts will attract corporate, charity and competition tournaments.
“Installing automated reuse water irrigation systems will ensure the greens remain pristine and playable while also ensuring sustainable use of water during drought.”
“The Nationals in Government’s investment in regional NSW has helped communities with hundreds of projects just like these – making them great places to live, work and play.
“By providing sporting clubs with the facilities they need to attract new members and thrive, we lift participation rates, boost health and fitness levels and, just as importantly, help people socialise through sport, have fun and enjoy themselves.”
Since 2011 the NSW Government has committed more than $324 million to sports facilities across regional NSW including;
- $900,000 for a new learn to swim and therapy swimming pool at Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre
- $255,000 to resurface three netball courts at Dungog
- $526,000 for Wilson Memorial Oval upgrades at Murrurundi, including new lighting, change rooms and canteen facilities.
Funding for the upgrade has been secured from the NSW Government Regional Communities Development Fund.