Robe Golf Club expansion project gets $600,000 funding boost

Robe Golf Club has received a massive boost for its course expansion project.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin announced at the club last Wednesday night that it will receive $600,000 under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

The key projects in Barker are funded under the Building Better Regions Fund through the Infrastructure Projects Stream, with 136 projects nation-wide to be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million.

Mr Pasin said the project at Robe was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the Limestone Coast community, with the project receiving $600,000 to expand the current golf course to 18 holes,” Mr Pasin said.

“This will have major flow-on benefits across the community from offering a improved recreational space for the local community to an additional tourism offering it will ensure our region will continue to thrive and prosper into the future.”

Robe Golf Club president Scott Fennell told the Leader that the government funding would make a big difference in a project important to many people.

“The golf club has been working on this for 15 years and more in depth over the last six years, we’ve done a residential development here,” Mr Fennell said. “We’ve still got some blocks to sell and those eight blocks remaining, there’s 28 blocks all up, and that we are using to fund along with the grant funding to take us from 12 to 18.

“We’ve integrated the two landholders to the west here, making the golf club a destination for the Robe district and hopefully create a spin off to benefit the community.”

Mr Fennell said club members had showed a lot of dedication and patience for a number of years on the project.

”It’s a very much community based club, run by volunteers, the residential development has solely been done by volunteers with no one benefiting financially from it, the same goes with our extension.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total leveraged project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.

“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done. It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities”.

“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018-19 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, including the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, with anticipation that it will create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.