A world-class showing at the Women’s NSW Open Championship has yet again proven the region’s ability to host global sporting events and highlighted the value of NSW Government funding to upgrade the fairway and facilities at the Dubbo Golf Club.
Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders joined with Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro today for the final day of play of the 72-hole tournament, which attracted some of the world’s best female professional and amateur golf players.
Mr Saunders said improving local sporting facilities makes a big difference to regional NSW communities, citing the $1.3 million granted to Dubbo Golf Club to host the event.
“These sort of vital upgrades help our local sporting clubs attract and retain new members, which means more people in the community are out and about, staying active and healthy and making a positive contribution,” Mr Saunders said.
Mr Barilaro said the resounding success of the championship was testament to the quality of the players, the event’s fantastic regional setting and Dubbo’s commitment to excellence in its sport, tourism and hospitality sectors.
“The 2020 Women’s NSW Open is the first major tournament to be held here in the Central West and it’s wonderful to see a sporting event of this calibre being hosted in regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s also fantastic to see women’s sport getting the profile it deserves, with the championship broadcast live all around the world.
“Events like this bring so many benefits to regional communities, bringing new fans to the sport, encouraging locals to visit and use the clubhouse, and bringing tourists into the region to enjoy the services and hospitality of Dubbo’s local businesses.
“Our investment in regional NSW has helped communities with hundreds of projects just like these – making them great places to live, work and play.”
In January 2019, the NSW Government announced a $1.3 million grant from the Regional Communities Development Fund to upgrade facilities at Dubbo Golf Course.
The money was used to install a lift to enable disability access to the clubhouse and install a state-of-the-art irrigation system that keeps the par 71 course in top condition while ensuring sustainable water use during drought.