- $2 million refurbished Golf and Bowls Club set to boost Marysville economy
- Victorian Coalition Government invested $1.45 million towards project
- Victorian Coalition Government continues to support fire affected communities
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today officially opened the redeveloped Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club, completed with a $1.45 million investment from the Victorian Coalition Government.
Mr Ryan, who was joined by Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish, said the completion of the $2 million redevelopment was a positive milestone for the Marysville community following the devastating 2009 bushfires.
“The Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club was one of the few buildings that survived the tragic events of Black Saturday, and as a result became a key community meeting point in the months following the fires,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government was keen to support the redevelopment of this important local facility as part of our commitment to supporting the town during its recovery.
“The redevelopment has created a truly wonderful facility that the whole community can be proud of.
“These new facilities will encourage more people to visit Marysville, particularly those keen to play a round of golf on this magnificent course.”
Mr Ryan said the $2 million restoration included construction of a new a function room that accommodated up to 300 people, a new members’ lounge, meeting room, bar, lobby, kitchen, restrooms, outdoor timber deck, landscaping and a remodelled pro shop.
Mr Ryan said more than 50 construction jobs were created during the redevelopment, and a further five new full-time jobs had been created at the club on an ongoing basis.
Ms McLeish paid tribute to the Marysville and Triangle Community Bushfire Relief Fund for its $523,213 contribution to the project, as well as the Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club which contributed the balance of the funding.
“The overall construction has created a new-look club that, along with other projects such as the $28 million Vibe Hotel & Conference Centre, will stimulate revenue and bring a much-needed economic boost to the Marysville area,” Ms McLeish said.
“Encouraging economic activity in Marysville and other bushfire affected communities has been a key focus of the Coalition Government as part of the ongoing recovery efforts.”
Following the official opening of the Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club, Mr Ryan joined Club President Ken Whittingham, along with other members and guests, for a round of golf.
“The course certainly played a lot better than I did,” Mr Ryan said after his round.
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