A $1.355 million project for the renewal of the Cootamundra Country Club irrigation system is now underway.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council is currently managing the project for the Country Club with funds from the New South Wales Government’s Stronger Communities Fund. The project will ensure the long-term sustainability of the club.
The project, with funding secured by Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, will deliver the complete renewal of the golf course’s 60-year-old failing irrigation system which uses treated water for irrigation.
The project consists of the replacement of the 60-year-old irrigation pumps, irrigation lines and sprinklers, as well as the construction of a shed to house new pumps, and the construction of a new maintenance shed to meet Work Health Safety requirements.
Work is already underway, with trenches dug to house the new irrigation lines, the pump shed and equipment is almost complete, and the concrete slab for the new maintenance shed has been installed.
Ms Cooke said she was excited to see this project under way.
“The Cootamundra Country Club has a proud history, and this project will see the club continue to offer recreational activities to residents and visitors alike,” Ms Cooke said.
“The project will bring some wonderful benefits for the health of the club’s fairways and greens, which means a great future for Cootamundra Country Club. The improvements to the course will allow a greater role in regional, state and national tournaments by ensuring effective watering, erosion control and maintenance.”
Cootamundra-Gundagai Mayor, Abb McAlister, said the project will contribute to the vibrancy of Cootamundra and the health and well-being of its residents.
“This project will assist with improved club profitability. The improved performance and reliability of the new automated irrigation system will enable the facility to be used all year round. The club will be able to schedule additional golf tournaments. Lower operating costs of the automated sprinkler system, and lower electricity costs achieved by using ‘off peak’ supply for irrigation pumping,” Mr McAlister said.
“This project will also be the enabler that makes the club’s ambition to gain major championship events and thereby deliver community participation and economic benefit.”