Backing sporting equality for women and girls in Wellington

The Wellington Golf Club is hoping to retain and attract more female golfers, and members with a disability, with the support of the NSW Government.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $78,105 for the club to refurbish its toilet and change facilities, thanks to the Government’s $25 million Female Friendly Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrades Program.

“It’s been a rocky few years for the Wellington Golf Club, which saw a surge of new players during the pandemic – especially younger female players – but has been hit hard by flooding more recently, and has struggled to retain them,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding means the club can completely refurbish its existing toilets and changerooms to make them more accessible and more attractive for new and existing members.

“With a dedicated disability toilet and changeroom, it’s hoped the club will also be able to host more inclusive events, helping people of all ages and abilities embrace the social and physical benefits of a sport like golf!”

Mr Saunders has also announced $10,000 from the Local Sport Grant Program for the club to enhance the existing verandah.

Wellington Golf Club president Norm Royal hoped the new facilities would help entice more women and players with disability to join the club.

“It’ll be tremendous, especially when we’re running a disability carnival, whether it be a school carnival or a mixed carnival for everybody to use,” Mr Royal said.

“Thank you to Dugald and the NSW Government for their support!”

More information about the Female Friendly Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrades Program is available here.

More information about the Local Sport Grants Program is available here.

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