Sprinkling of party promises for golf club

TWO of the most senior members of the House of Assembly visited the New Norfolk Golf Club today to confirm state election commitments to fund new irrigation equipment at the expansive nine-hole course.

Mark Shelton MHA, left, with New Norfolk Golf Club representatives Don Armstrong, Doug Jenkins and John Kinloch.

Representing the Liberal Party was Mark Shelton, a Lyons MHA and Speaker of the House of Assembly, who said his party would contribute $144,000 to upgrade the club’s irrigation system if the party was returned to majority government in the March 23 election.

This confirmed an announcement made last week by Liberal Party director Peter Coulson that the funding request had undergone a rigorous assessment and would be subject to approval by both houses of State Parliament. A keen golfer, Mr Shelton spoke of the importance of physical activity when speaking to directors of the New Norfolk Golf Club this morning.

Rebecca White MHA, left, with New Norfolk Golf Club representatives Mark Ashton and Alan Leitch.

Later in the day, Opposition Leader Rebecca White, who is also a Lyons MHA, visited the club to confirm that the Labor Party would match the funding commitment without any pre-conditions about winning majority government.

Ms White later tried her hand at teeing-off near the clubhouse and impressed the club representatives with her ability as she sent three balls flying down the fairway.

“Our club has been very lucky to secure a substantial funding commitment from both the Liberal and Labor political parties for $144,000 to assist in the upgrade of our watering system,” club secretary Mark Ashton said.

“The funding is targeted at replacing all our old sprinklers around the golf course with the latest technology Rainbird rotor sprinkler heads to ensure a more consistent and improved water coverage, especially during the dry and hot windy conditions,” Mr Ashton said.

Rebecca White tees off.

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