The Canowindra Golf Club will receive $50,000 under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme (DPC) Extension funding. The funding will go towards the Club’s solar panel and battery project.
Calare MP and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee welcomed the funding during his visit to the Club on Tuesday.
“The Canowindra Golf Club is a fantastic community facility which residents of all ages can enjoy,” said Mr Gee.
“Unfortunately it too has taken a hit from the impacts of COVID-19 so I’m delighted that the Club has received this funding to give it a helping hand in getting back on its feet,” Mr Gee said.
The funding is part of the $1 million Cabonne Council received recently under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.
Paul McKenzie, President of Canowindra Golf Club said “The project will be carried out by local trades including from Canowindra, Alex Grant of Red Fox Electrical and Adam Smith Electrical in Manildra.”
“The annual power bill at the Club is around $45,000 so this solar project will mean a big saving to the Club in the future,” continued Mr McKenzie.
The Programme supports projects that go towards the development, upgrade or maintenance of projects across Cabonne communities to boost community development, economic stimulus and jobs after the prolonged drought.
“The Clubs in small towns like Canowindra are a hub for the community to enjoy,” said Cabonne Councillor Jenny Weaver who was at the cheque presentation.
“The Drought Communities Programme has brought real and lasting benefits to Cabonne communities during an extraordinarily difficult time. It’s given the towns an economic leg-up by getting key community infrastructure up and running and employing local builders and tradies,” said Mr Gee.
In total, $301 million has been committed to the program over four years to deliver an immediate economic stimulus in communities facing hardship.