There were three clear objectives from a Committee point of view with these works:
1. The WAVE Project (Wetland and Vegetation Enhancement) for the Orange Bellied Parrot habitat located in and around the wetland on the right side of the 7th fairway. Over the next few weeks, you will see contractors, staff and volunteers undertaking revegetation enhancement of the wetland site, planting approximately 1500 local indigenous plants which meet our Environmental Management Plan (EMP 2019-2024) requirements. All plants were propagated by the local Swan Bay Environment Association (SBEA) nursery from seed collected from the wetland surrounds and paid for through a Corangamite CMA RAMSAR Grant.
2. Defence OFFSET Grant which has been provided by Defence Property to assist the club in meeting another of our EMP objectives. This is to create an Ecological Vegetation Community (EVC) biodiversity corridor between holes 7 and 8 using more of the same plants as the WAVE Project mentioned above. Planting of this area will be undertaken concurrently with the WAVE Project wetland site.
3. Provide substantial course improvements to holes 6 (opening up views by removing large old trees on the right-hand side), 7 and 8 located on the South/Western side of the course. To achieve this objective, we were fortunate to enlist the services of Ross Perrett from TP Golf Architects. Ross has guided Rod Fenton (Course Superintendent) and our contractors in achieving a great result by opening up the landscape and improving the natural views at this end of the course (both are strong features of golf on Swan Island) whilst most importantly, providing more challenging golf holes that will demand strategic golf shots from all players.
Whilst it will take some time for the new works to develop into the natural landscape, progressively the holes will become more challenging for the player. We are grateful to Ross Perrett for his assistance (provided pro bono to the QGC) and excited with the results of the course improvements. Removing the tree/weed burn site and increasing the size of the current wetland site has ticked a number of boxes for the Club:
• Effectively doubled the size of our wetland area
• Had local indigenous plant seed taken from the course and propagated through the SBEA Nursery allowing over 2500 plants to be planted as part of the RAMSAR and OFFSET Grants.
• With all the course earthworks completed, we are now working to grass the substantial uncovered areas (approximately 5000 square metres) of the course to complete the project. We will continue to work hard on improving the golfing experience for both members and visitors as we move forward.
The next stage will involve linking the mangroves to the wetland. Which will allow for natural flushing to occur on king tides.
Report by Kelvin.
On Time and On Budget
This project has been expertly managed by Kelvin Pettigrove and Rod Fenton. The amount of time and effort that they have put in to ensure the best possible result is a testament to their passion for the Club. Our trusty band of volunteers have also contributed to the works by laying sods on some of the new mounds. The works have been completed in quick time, within the course expenditure budget and represent the biggest course development and improvement project undertaken for many years. Partially offset with Ross Perrett’s kindness, environmental grants and cooperation from Defence, this project is being delivered at a fraction of the cost which normally applies.
Whilst many factors fortuitously came together to create this favourable outcome, we especially applaud Kelvin Pettigrove. Without his vision and perseverance, the project would not have been possible or feasible. The revegetation, seeding and spring growth will energise the whole area and enhance the playing experience for everyone. Well done team!
We hope to see all our members and guests out enjoying the holes shortly.