Newcastle members vote for change

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In an effort to provide equal opportunities for male and female members, Newcastle Golf Club has voted to transform its membership structure.

The Newcastle members approved the adoption of a new Club constitution on 5 June, with the new structure coming into effect from 1 October this year.

All active playing members fall under a full 7-day membership category, while the existing 5-day category of the club will cease to exist if those members transfer to the revised 7-day group.

Due to the progressive decision, the majority of Newcastle's female members will have more access to the golf course, with full membership now playing for up to six days a week in a competition.

Newcastle's timesheets become gender-neutral, with men's and women's competitions every day.

"The new Club Constitution provides a great framework for managing the Club in a modern and progressive way and is in line with the strategic direction of the Club," says General Manager Christian Gillott.

"The Club is on the eve of an exciting development phase and ensures the long-term sustainability of the club, and the new membership structure, supported by the new constitution, offers golfers in the region an opportunity to participate in something special very attractive price.

"Even more for active golfers, say playing twice a week, with our traditional green fee model. If you mix up the numbers, it suddenly becomes very competitive."

Newcastle will also introduce a new pay structure, with the 7-day membership option that offers unlimited golf without green fees for $ 2,750 a year.

Newcastle will re-enter a registration fee "as soon as it has enough new members at the new membership price".

In March, the Australian Human Rights Commission introduced new to ensure that Australian golf clubs offer equal opportunities for both sexes.

The guidelines provided information on how golf clubs across the country could promote equal opportunities for women and girls through membership structures that facilitate women's inclusion.

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