Bingara Sporting Club celebrates the official opening of its $230,000 State Government funded refurbishment with, President Gerry Amer, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, board member Ian Egan and Gwydir Shire Deputy Mayor Catherine Egan.
Tuesday, 3 August 2021
AFTER a 12-month ‘rebuilding’ period Bingara Sporting Club now has the facilities to comfortably cater for its members and the local community, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joining President Gerry Amer on Saturday evening to officially open improvements to the kitchen, amenities and main bar, funded by a $223,580 State Government grant.
Mr Marshall said the refurbishment was vital to making the club financially-fit.
“The Bingara Sporting Club is more than just a place where people gather to enjoy their sport, it’s an indelible part of the social fabric of the community,” Mr Marshall said.
“In recent times the organisation has struggled financially, with the drought and COVID-19 restrictions drying up patron numbers and income.
“Through the hard work of the volunteer board these improvements have given the club a second-wind.
“All accessible toilets and showers have been installed to accommodate patrons of all levels of mobility, while the addition of baby change facilities have enhanced the family friendly atmosphere.
“Internally, patrons are enjoying the fresh look of the building with the walls painted and new floor coverings put down.
“Catering for large events like weddings, birthday parties and sporting tournaments functions will be less restricted with the food preparation area fully refurbished with splash-back, stainless steel bench tops and additional storage.
“This has also brought the kitchen up to modern health requirements.
“With these modifications complete, Bingara Sporting Club is ready to put its hand up to host regional golf, lawn bowl and tennis events, which will bring people to town and contribute to the visitor economy.
“The club is such a prominent part of the community and I’m proud the State Government has been able to support this project which will keep the club viable for the future.”
Bingara Sporting Club President Gerry Amer said the renovations had greatly improved the venue’s functionality and atmosphere.
“Our committee is now solely focused on the future and ensuring the community maximises use of these fantastic new facilities,” Mr Amer said.
“I believe we now have facilities which will get members regularly coming back through the door. This is really key to the club being able maintain high quality golf, lawn bowl and tennis playing surfaces for everyone to enjoy.
“It has been a goal of ours to make the club into an attractive events venue. I am confident that with the expanded catering capacity we now have, this will be achieved and we will see the building being hired more frequently for events.
“We anticipate the addition of a 40 kilowatt solar system will also reduce our power bill by $800 a quarter, meaning more money which can be spent on the building’s upkeep.
“I’m pleased to say a large portion of this grant did stay local, with Bingara-based building contractor Brad Craddick undertaking this work.
“On behalf of our committee and members, I want to thank Ian and Catherine Egan and Susie Webber from Gwydir Shire Council who put this Clubs NSW grant application together, as well as Adam.
“Together they have secured our future, meaning our facilities will be there to enjoy for generations to come.”