THE idea of a possible merger between two Leeton sporting clubs has been emphatically shot down by voting members of one of the organisations.
Earlier this year the Leeton and District Bowling Club approached the Leeton Golf Club with the idea of merging the two organisations.
L&D members held a special meeting where they voted to investigate the idea further.
However, as a recent special meeting of golf club members, a motion to do the same was voted down in large numbers.
Fifty-one members were present, with 49 voting not to negotiate the matter any further, while just two voted in favour of further investigations.
Leeton Golf Club president John Martin said the decision to look into the matter had always been in the hands of members.
"They've made their decision now, so no the merger won't be going ahead," he said.
"I guess it's something that could be looked at another time, but for now it's not happening.
"We've let the L&D know the result of the vote."
The special meeting also included a second motion, which also had members voting in overwhelming fashion.
The motion related to building a club house on site at the course once again.
The former club house was knocked down several years ago, but thanks to a generous offer from Leeton businessman Ted Celi it will now be rebuilt.
Members voted in favour of the proposal 50 to one.
A development application will now be put together, but it is believed the club house will be constructed where the former once stood.
Mr Martin said members would need to do some fundraising of their own for the facility, but said Mr Celi was offering to cover most of the costs.
"It's still a long way off and there's a lot to do, but I think having a club house back will bring members together ... eventually it could even be a function space again, but it's early days," he said.
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