Steph Cooke and Terry Trinca stand in front of a golf buggy on a sunny day.
Steph Cooke and Terry Trinca at the Junee Golf Club.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has congratulated the Junee Golf Club and the Kapooka Golf Club for signing a memorandum of understanding and a Reciprocal Rights Document.

With the Kapooka Golf Course shut during the lockdown period, the Club looked to Junee to be able to continue competing. The two Clubs have now formalised their relationship and will continue to work together.

The Junee Golf Club has received two grants from the NSW Government this year, with $5,297 for a new mid-course shelter awarded through the Sports Grants program, and $98,071 for Junee Golf Club’s junior golf program through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Ms Cooke said she was delighted the two clubs had found a way to support one another.

“Sport is such an important part of life and I am so pleased these two clubs are working together to keep people active, socialising and enjoying the facilities in Junee,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am proud I have been able to support the Junee Golf Club, but am especially pleased they have found this new revenue stream through what has been an incredibly difficult year for many clubs and associations. This is one of the region’s great success stories and proof of what can be achieved through cooperation.”

President of the Kapooka Golf Club Warrant Officer Peter Coles said the cooperation with Junee Golf Club had cemented a great relationship between the two clubs.

“Kapooka Golf Club is the last sport that the Base participates in. As a military member sport is intrinsic to your wellbeing; it’s a chance to socialise, let out some frustration and get out in to the community, it’s a very good environment to bring families to,” Warrant Officer Coles said.

“This MOU is a lifeline for the Kapooka Golf Club, it has meant all our members have had somewhere to play. Junee Golf Club has made some very good friends and this has shown that you don’t have to be isolated.”

Terry Trinca from the Junee Golf Club said the support of the Kapooka Golf Club had helped them through the pandemic and particularly the shutdown period, when the clubhouse was shut and revenue dried up.

“Through the COVID period this meant we got a financial boost, Kapooka helped us immensely; they needed an outlet and somewhere to play their competition where they could stay a club, and this has provided us with a revenue base,” Mr Trinca said.

“This has also meant a number of Wagga people are coming out here to play at a social level because they are hearing good things about Junee.”