Bringing everyone together

Bringing everyone together

Shire president John Erren, member for Darling Range Tony Simpson, Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie at the opening of the Byford and Districts Country Club. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

The new Byford and Districts Country Club was officially opened last week and will now be home to a number of sports and community groups in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Residents joined shire president John Erren, Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie and Member for Darling Range Tony Simpson on November 18 for the occasion.

The new club will not only cater to bowling, car and pool clubs will features conference facilities, restaurant and sports bar.

Mr Simpson said it was an exciting time for the community.

“It has taken many people several years of planning and fundraising to make the Byford and Districts Country Club a reality,” he said.

“This new facility offers something for everyone and is a welcome addition to the community.”

The club received several grants including $900,000 from Lotterywest, $600,000 from Royalties for Regions, $200,000 from Community Care and $280,000 from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, enabling its construction.

The $2.3 million raised from the sale of the old club located in South West Highway also went towards the construction of the new club.

Mr Hastie said the club could now employ an additional 20 staff as part of the upgrade.

“The country club will bring together local families, residents and help build stronger relationships in the community,” he said.

“A recent study by Lifeline shows that 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place.

“The club will help to buck that trend and provide a place for people to meet other people.”

Mr Erren said the club would create a vibrant and connected community.