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February 01, 2018
SANDRINGHAM GOLF LINKS BOGEY IDEA FOR ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSES
The Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson today expressed concern with proposals financially supported by the Andrews Labor Government to turn Sandringham Golf Links, metropolitan Melbourne’s leading suburban public access golf course, into a “mini golf “course.
Such a proposal will limit access for golfing enthusiasts (men, women and children) to develop their game on a traditional course layout.
Whilst acknowledging that the proposal would benefit golf administration and elite training it should not be done at the expense of members of the Victorian public who do not belong to elite private golf clubs.
Mr. Thompson welcomes proposals to upgrade facilities and improve the layout of the course but this should not be done to the detriment of the Victorian golf loving public.
It is important to protect public green spaces for the benefit of future generations especially at a time when the government is considering turning the Albert Park public golf course into a nine hole circuit.
There are outstanding opportunities for the development of a world class training facility on a green field site within the Melbourne Sandbelt which will not detrimentally impact upon Melbourne’s best public access golf course.
The nearby Cheltenham Golf Club currently provides an excellent venue for golfers, including junior golfers, interested in a game of golf on a shorter course
According to one former Sandringham Golf Club Member and low handicap player “There would be thousands of very unhappy people with the proposed changes.”
Mr Thompson supported community calls for the consultation period to be extended by 6 months to ensure there is breadth of dialogue with all stakeholders, numbers of whom are not conversant with online surveys.
It is imperative that an outstanding community asset is not detrimentally changed for short term gain.
Media Contact: Murray Thompson (03) 9598 2688