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Bairnsdale Golf Club, located on Paynesville Road, Eagle Point, is also among the local recipients of a $10,000 grant through the #lovegippsland Stronger Community Program.

The funding will go toward building a café for golfers and visitors to the club. The project, which is expected to cost almost $40,000, involves extending the existing service counter into the kitchenette to create a service area for the café.

Mr Chester said the new café would meet an unmet demand for food and drinks from members, players and visitors.

“The club is also planning to provide a limited bistro service which will be open to the community and provide employment opportunities for locals,” Mr Chester said.

“These investments at the golf club are great for the club, but they are also good for the wider community. Local tradespeople and suppliers are normally called on to be involved in projects like these, which is supports local jobs and our local economy.”

The Federal Government funding for this project was part of Gippsland’s $150,000 allocation from the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program. The program helps community groups to undertake small infrastructure projects or purchase equipment.

“This investment in local projects under the Stronger Communities Program is about invigorating and supporting the groups and organisations, like the Bairnsdale Golf Club, that contribute so much to our region,” Mr Chester said.

Last month, Bairnsdale Golf Club successfully applied for almost $150,000 from the Federal Government to improve its course and attract new players.

The club was one of three organisations in Gippsland to receive funding through the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) for a $300,000 environmentally-friendly, advanced irrigation system that allows the club to use water more efficiently.

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