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Russell Vale golf course to get new $600,000 pro shop and amenities building

GOLFERS will get a new $600,000 pro shop and amenities block after Wollongong City Council on Monday night accepted the tender of Davone Constructions to replace the ageing facility at Russell Vale.

The new facilities will replace old repurposed demountable buildings that are fast approaching their end of service life at The Vale Golf Course. A Council report described the current condition of the building as poor and termite damaged. The new facilities will allow the facility to continue to function as a reception point, player management and payment collection facility.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the current demountable shop building and amenities have been there since the golf course was first established in the mid 1980s.

“They’re now at the end of their service life and are due for retirement,” he said.

“The Pro Shop is the reception centre for The Vale, so it’s the first port of call for all golfers, whether they’re locals or visitors. The new buildings will better complement the beautiful leafy setting of our golf course and, most importantly, they’ll be easier to access for players of all abilities.”

The project will include the demolition of the old demountable buildings which house the Pro Shop and public toilets. They’ll be replaced with contemporary structures, including new toilets and an accessible facility. The power supply to these buildings will also be upgraded.

Work is expected to start in April and be completed by September, weather permitting.

Temporary facilities will be installed at the start of the project so play can continue throughout the works.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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