Australian Golf Industry Council chairman Gavin Kirkman today called on all MPs and candidates to get behind golf during the Federal election campaign to support the great places and people in the sport.
The AGIC has made the call as part of its Pitch In: Grow Community Golf advocacy campaign – a new endeavour by the golf sector designed to improve the capability and sustainability of golf clubs and facilities around the nation, making the game easier for more Australians to access, learn and play.
“Golf is gearing up to ensure that our elected representatives are doing their bit to support the game and its facilities at the local level,” Kirkman said.
“Golf facilities are more than just places for playing golf. They are community hubs that include a place for weddings, birthdays, funerals and charitable events – they are a place for everybody to use and enjoy.
“The people who benefit from investing in the facilities extend well and truly beyond those just using the golf course. They are great places for all Australians to use in so many ways.
“But they need help. They need our elected representatives to Pitch In.”
The Pitch In: Grow Community Golf campaign highlights urgent and shovel-ready golf facility infrastructure projects around Australia that require funding to improve and upgrade ageing and damaged golf infrastructure in both metropolitan and regional Australia.
MPs and candidates in marginal seats have been contacted directly, highlighting projects that need immediate assistance in their electorates.
The following projects are some examples of those identified under Pitch In:
|Facility||Electorate||Project Overview||Investment Ask|
|Townsville Golf Club, QLD||Herbert||
Upgrade to female change facilities and assist with recovery to the clubhouse and course following monsoonal rains in January
|Echunga Golf Club, SA||Mayo||
Upgrade to facilities to improve the amenity of the clubhouse to enhance broader community use and encourage greater female and children participation in the game
|Queenscliff Golf Club, Vic||Corangamite||
Installation of an automatic watering system that will bring environmental benefits through more efficient water use
|Gosford Golf Club, NSW||Robertson||
Installation of updated air-conditioning units throughout the clubhouse to keep up with club growth and encourage further community use
After Moonah Links and Sandhurst comes Australia's newest state-of-the-art 'Home of Golf'.
Redevelopment of Launceston course originally designed by Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge