Merbein Golf Club
PROJECT: Construction of a new multi-purpose clubhouse and post office
STATUS: Funding committed
Merbein Golf Club, in Victoria’s far north-west corner, is unique. The club, founded in 1926, is not only a golf club and a hub for the local area; it also has a volunteer-manned 120 post-box Australia Post outlet that serves the Cabarita community. But like so many regional and smaller clubs, it needs to upgrade its facilities to address modern needs.
A $200,000 grant courtesy of the Victorian State Government’s pre-election commitment to upgrade golf facilities around the state will allow work to start mid-year to rebuild Merbein’s multi-purpose clubhouse and post-office facilities and provide other amenities for use by the community.
Club secretary Melinda Binding, a driving force in the club, worked with Mark Bamford, Golf Australia Golf Development Senior Manager, to attract funding. “It was great to have him on our side,” she said.
Binding is thrilled with the possibilities afforded by the grant. “This will help boost membership and the community in so many ways,” she said. “The new building will be more accessible and inclusive. It will allow wheelchair access. It will allow a new post office and a clubhouse that includes a function room, kitchen and toilets.
“We know people want to use the clubhouse for functions and other activities but at the moment we don’t feel comfortable doing that because it’s not up to the standard people expect of a function room.
“We’re also looking to expand in an environmental way too, so there could be walking tracks on the golf course one day or an improved area that groups use for yoga.”
“This will help boost membership and the community in so many ways.”
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