In The Courier this week

Mt Barker-Hahndorf Golf Club’s new president Gary Leverington, left, with management committee members Malcolm Stephenson, Neil Baulderstone and vice president Trevor Dolman. The men believe they can improve the club’s finances by increasing memberships and decreasing running costs.

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Club’s last hope

The Mt Barker-Hahndorf Golf Club will become insolvent in less than a year if it fails to turn around its financial position and address its falling membership, according to the club’s new president.
Experienced local businessman Gary Leverington was elected to lead the troubled club last week and said he could help the club recover, despite  losing almost 25% of members in the last year.
The club’s annual financial report released this month showed not only a $68,000 loss in membership revenue in 12 months, but also a $70,000 increase in administration costs.
Mr Leverington said the club would fold if it didn’t cut its expenses and attract new members.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • NBN goes live: After months of preparation and ground-work, the National Broadband Network (NBN) has gone live in Mt Barker.

  • Pub parking: Mt Barker’s growing pains have caused a Gawler Street hotel to consider installing boom gates at its carpark entrance to stop non-patrons from taking spaces from hotel staff and customers.

  • Rates up: Mt Barker district residents can expect their rates to increase by 3% next financial year.

  • Strathalbyn supermarket: Supporters of a controversial $40m retail hub at the entrance to Strathalbyn have accused Alexandrina Councillors of “not acting genuinely” by rejecting their vision for the vacant land on Gransden Road.

  • Aim for wetland: A statewide hunting organisation is working to increase the habitat at one of the region’s most popular bird watching and duck shooting grounds.


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