Kempsey Golf Club is putting the final touches to a $240,000 funding application to ClubsNSW to help finance an exciting new project to replace three dilapidated bridges located on the par 72 golf course.
The original timber and cement slab bridges were installed over 50 years ago and have now deteriorated to the point that local engineers have declared them beyond further repair.
The bridges provide crucial access points over waterways susceptible to flooding during wet weather events, allowing players to access the course’s 18 holes both by foot and by buggy.
Club President Paul Brose said the Club was confident the project fitted well with ClubsNSW’s Infrastructure Grants guidelines.
“Yes, the amount of money we are applying for is a big number, but this is a priority project that ticks all the boxes of what ClubsNSW and the NSW Government’s Office of Responsible Gambling is wanting to see get up through its Sport and Recreation program,” Mr Brose said.
Sporting organisations and clubs are able to apply for up to $300,000 per project.
“The total value of this project is in the vicinity of $310,000, however we will supplement the amount of funding being sought from ClubsNSW with cash contributions from the Club as well as it’s vested stakeholders,” he said.
In-kind support will also be provided by local businesses and members, who have long shown a high level of loyalty and support for the Club.
During the past 12 months, the Club has attracted a high level of interest and support from the Dunghutti Kempsey Golfers program, with around 50 senior and junior Members and social playing taking up the sport.
Program coordinator Michael ‘TJ’ Smith said he fully supported the Club’s latest effort to upgrade its essential infrastructure due to the significant benefits that were flowing from his program.
“This program has grown so quickly and is directly responsible for delivering some impressive outcomes in the areas of Aboriginal health, fitness, social connectedness, and reconciliation,” Mr Smith said. “We can’t keep it going without a functioning golf course.”
Kempsey Veterans Golfers and Women’s Golfers are also supporting the Club’s initiative to keep the course safe, accessible and viable for existing and potential new members.
The new bridge designs have been developed by well-known local engineering designer Robert Dennis, of Dennis and Partners.
The attractive pre-cast concrete arch design is elevated well above water level to reduce the risk of future flood damage to the sturdy structures and provide long-term value for investment.
A Development Application for the bridges has been submitted to Kempsey Shire Council for consideration, and applications to the October 2018 round of the 2018/19 Infrastructure Grants round will close on October 22.
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