Country club funds win for community

Darling Range MLA and Minister for Communities Tony Simpson made the announcement to Shire President Keith Ellis at the country club’s bowling green recently.

The multi-purpose facility is expected to be finished in 12 months.

It has been designed to accommodate several community organisations and will include sporting pitches, function and meetings rooms, kitchen facilities, a children’s playground, community garden and large car park.

The Shire needed the $600,000 grant to complete the $5 million project.

The funds were made available through the Department for Regional Development’s Growing Our South initiative, a five-year Royalties for Regions program announced in the 2014-15 State Budget.

The program will see $600 million distributed to projects throughout the Peel, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern over the next five years to cater for the regions growing populations.

Cr Ellis said the additional funds would enhance the momentum of the project.

‘The council is committed to delivering these much-needed facilities to our community,’ he said.

‘The face of Byford is changing. We look forward to a sustainable community centre that will provide spaces for a diverse range of locally-based groups, organisations and outreach programs.’

Mr Simpson said Byford was one of the fasted growing communities in WA and it would benefit hugely from the new facility.

‘The new Byford and Districts Country Club is a very exciting venture ” providing the community with a much-needed state-of-the art venue which has something for everyone,’ he said.