The idea of expanding Wagga Croquet Club’s playing facilities was first discussed four years ago because of increased activity due to our very successful schools programme and an increase in membership as well as a desire to host NSW State and regional events.
Approval was initially given by Wagga Wagga City Council after letters of support from the Australian Croquet Association and Croquet NSW.
It has been a long haul, and, without the assistance of many organisations and people, we would still be talking about it. Inside the clubhouse, you will see a mosaic of photos taken over the past two years depicting the progress of the lawn.
Special mention must be given to the following people for their assistance in the project
- Wagga Wagga City Council for approval to use the additional land and for awarding us a community grant to assist in the completion of the fencing.
- Club members for attending the working bees to pull out shrubs, and generally clearing the way for TAFE.
- Wagga TAFE for excavating, levelling and filling in the area – a huge help.
- South West Irrigation
- Brian Cattell for his expert advice on what to do when the first shoots started to appear.
- Peter Lloyd who, in the capacity of project manager, liaised with Council, contractors and members to keep things running smoothly and on track.
- Kurrajong Waratah for their amazing EWood product, which, as you can see, gives a perfect ball barrier finish to the surrounds. Thank you to Ian Hayes and Ron Westman for putting it all together.
Now, Ian Hayes and Jim Nicholls have done an enormous amount of work in assisting with the establishment of this whole area. Ian and Jim have taken a personal interest in improving the surrounds, with Jim organising the purchase, planting and watering of shrubs, and Ian getting the western area ready for the shade shelter which, hopefully, will be erected in the near future. They, together, have spent many hours establishing the lawn, with sowing, rolling and top dressing where required. We, as a club, cannot thank them enough for their voluntary time and effort.
As a result of this extra lawn, we are now able to expand numbers to our Golf Croquet Carnival in March, and to hold the NSW Selectors 8 in August. We are also hoping to hold more representative events for all forms of croquet in future years as well as catering for increased membership.