Leeton Shire Council releases 2016-17 Leeton golf course figures

IT WASN’T a profit, but it was less of a loss. 

Leeton Shire Council has released its 2016-17 financial year figures for the town’s golf course. 

While the facility still isn’t close to turning a profit, in fact not many in the state do, the news was positive when it came down to the numbers. 

Council had budgeted a loss of $150,000 for the course during the 2016-17 year, but it came in at $97,047. 

Council’s director of corporate and community Craig Bennett said this was also much lower than the loss of $143,583 from the 2015/16 financial year.

“This result represents a saving of $52,953 to council and (our) ratepayers, which is a pleasing result,” he said.

“(Time given by) the dedicated volunteers of the Leeton golf course also remain constant at about 40 hours per week.

“(This is an) excellent commitment from those passionate about the daily operation and future of the Leeton golf course.”

The golf course first experienced trouble while under the eye of the Leeton Soldiers Club, which went into voluntary administration in 2013. 

Council was asked to take on the management role of the course and, following a community meeting, it agreed to do so. 

It has kept that involvement ever since and continues to search for ways to bring costs down at the course. 

Mayor Paul Maytom praised the course’s sub-committee for their forward thinking in helping with this bid. 

He said the group had investigated and implemented a number of initiatives to help save on costs and time. 

“The Leeton golf course is a wonderful asset for our community,” councillor Maytom said.

“Not many country towns boast a golf course right in the middle of town that is so well supported by its members.”

At council’s March ordinary meeting, councillors agreed to extend the management and responsibility for the operation of the course for a further four year period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. 

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