TUMUT Aero Club’s new clubhouse is finished and ready for its official launch on October 16.
“It has just been finished, apart from some touch-ups and some signing off work with the Government,” club secretary Rod Blundell said.
The clubhouse features a new, well-equipped training room.
“It is going to make a huge difference,” club member and project manager Craig Cullinger said.
The club, in particular members Simon Smith and Bruce Robinson, applied for a NSW Government community building grant in 2014, and got a grant for $84,331 early in 2015.
“We had a supporting letter from the emergency services, talking about their use of our facilities in the event of a disaster, especially during fire season,” Mr Blundell said.
The NSW Air Ambulance, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Snowy Hydro South Care all use the facilities.
The government money was matched by the bequest of Maibry Smith, and the club’s own fundraising.
Much of the project, including the demolition of the old clubhouse, was a labour of love for the club.
“The electricals, the carpentry, kitchen installation and tiling were done by licensed volunteers in the club,” Mr Cullinger said.
Mr Blundell singled out members Ash Parker, Danny O’Sullivan (club president), Ron Brayshaw, Ian McDougall, Mike Roodt and Morne Ferriera as being particularly helpful.
The work had begun on April 4.
“We especially like the vision that the new big windows give us,” Mr Cullinger said. “It is bringing the airfield into the clubhouse.”
Mr Cullinger said the most important thing was that it will allow the club to more easily instruct flying students, the ages of which range from 60 to 18.
“This club makes learning to fly affordable, and I know that because I just learnt to fly,” he said.