New fees to provide more incentives

WITH Leeton Shire Council to soon decide on the future of the town’s golf course, it has decided on a way to encourage more use of the facility. 

Council has implemented a new fee structure that offers incentives and aims to convert social players into full-time members of the course.

This includes 15-months membership for the price of 12 and other discounts across the board. 

Council’s director of corporate services Duncan McWhirter said the new fee structure had received comment from golfers.

“The general feedback received indicated the new fees are sensible, fair and are a way to convert the twilight golfers to full-time members,” he said.

“The new fees are aimed at attracting new members so they don’t actually cost the course any income but if successful in attracting new members will add additional income to the course.” Council will this week be deciding its future involvement with the course after taking over operations in 2012. 

Various plans have been put in place by volunteers at the course on how it could continue to support council in the running of the facility. A private consortium – the Leeton Golf Benevolent Fund – has also recently been established with the primary objective of raising capital for the course.

Council will be presented with two options at its ordinary meeting on Wednesday night for decision. The first will be to provide no future assistance and the second will have council into a further management agreement of the course for the next four years.