Scaddan Country Club to receive extension

The Scaddan community will see a $1 million revamp to the Scaddan Country Club after it received damage in the November 2015 fires and Scaddan Hall burned to the ground.

Esperance Shire Council resolved to allocate available funding to an addition to the new Scaddan Country Club including a tennis court and shed.

The group currently have $790,000 worth of funding from a grant, a generous cash donation and an insurance payout after the fires.

Shire of Esperance shire president, Victoria Brown, said the Scaddan Restoration Reference Group was formed after the fires.

“It just seemed a good opportunity for the whole of the Scaddan community to come together and work out what it was the best option,” Cr Brown said.

Scaddan Restoration Reference Group chair, Natalie Bowman, said they have a number of funding options to apply for the remaining $210,000 to get the project off the ground.

She said representatives from council staff and Scaddan community groups had been meeting regularly for the past 10 months to discuss how to move forward with the project.

“We’ve had lots of really great conversations, community input, thoughts and ideas, and we’ve come up with an option to extend the existing county club,” Mrs Bowman said.

“We met on October 19 and have come to a unanimous consensus which is very exciting.

 “It can be challenging when we have such a diverse group of needs and we’ve managed to come to a unanimous consensus which is fabulous.

“It will include an extension to the bar area, new toilets and an area that can be used as a creche.

“It’s also going to have a covered deck area down both sides of the country club which will allow really great viewing of the bowling green.”

She said they had only formed a rough plan and the group would meet again to finalise details and prepare a concept for tender to get the full design drawings completed.

“The design they’ve come up with is going to encourage all walks of life in the community to come along,” Mrs Bowman said.

“There’s space for the younger generation who are just starting to have children and the existing users who use the facility for bowling, golf and other functions.”

She said the group hoped to have the design completed by the end of harvest.

Mrs Bowman said a new Scaddan Fire Brigade Shed had recently been constructed.

“That also includes the Scaddan community post office boxes,” she said.

“They’ve been getting the mail out of the school garden shed since the fire and they now have new post office boxes and they’re just about ready to go.

“It’s been great to work with the community.

“I’m really excited to see something new up in Scaddan.

“Out of adversity hopefully will come something wonderful.”