STAWELL - Repairs have been made to underground drainage and several creek crossing points that were damaged at Stawell Golf Club in the January 2011 floods.
Mayor Cr Wayne Rice said council was pleased to see the project completed after the floods, when up to 1.5 metres of water rushed through the creek that runs through the golf course.
Cr Rice said the project involved the construction of six creek crossing points that provide access for golfers and course maintenance machinery, and the replacement of damaged underground drainage. The work was completed by contractors Fulton Hogan.
"The damage has had a significant impact on the club and its members over the past 22 months so everyone involved is very glad the repairs are finished," he said.
"The course now has improved facilities that not only look better but will help minimise future damage by improving drainage and prevent washouts."
The project was funded with an $84,000 grant by the Department of Planning and Community Development's Community Infrastructure Fund.
Stawell Golf Club secretary Graeme Trickey said the club was delighted with the results of the project and the assistance it received from council and the State Government.
"The upgrade of the creek crossings has allowed the club to improve the visual appearance of a number of holes, and has ensured that we will no longer be faced with washouts on the creek crossings," he said.
"The club would like to thank Northern Grampians Shire Council staff and the staff from Fulton Hogan for the manner in which the work was undertaken with minimal disruption to play."
Cr Rice said a second project at the golf club would include the construction of a sealed carpark. The design for this project is complete and a tender for the construction will be advertised soon with the aim of starting work in the new year.