Rusty Shovel Golf brings farmer relief

The annual Southern Rural Water Rusty Shovel Golf day experienced and exceptional turnout last Friday with players from across Gippsland dusting off their golf clubs in aid of the Maffra SES.

Held at Maffra Golf Club, this year’s tournament was more than just a networking opportunity for those involved in the Macalister Irrigation District.

Given the current dairy crisis, the day was an opportunity for farmers to forget about being farmers, and enjoy a laugh with some mates.

The tournament was declared a ‘full house’, with teams of four spreading over the 18 holes, amounting to just over 90 players in total.

Entrants were treated to a lunch, door prize, an extensive raffle while SRW customers received free entry.

Maffra SES Deputy Controller Des Sinnott said that it was great to see so many players turn out to support the cause.

“It’s a fantastic way to donate money to the SES, who assist the community during environmental crisis,” Mr Sinnott said.

“It’s our major fundraiser for the year, and an excellent contribution to our funds, with all money going toward much needed equipment for the Maffra SES.”

Organiser and Southern Rural Water spokesperson Peter Millar expressed his concerns regarding the current dairy market taking a toll on the farmers.

“Things are pretty tough in the farming industry at the moment, so we’re looking forward to seeing farmers enjoying the day and themselves,” Mr Millar said.

SRW’s manager water supply east Terry Clapham emphasised the importance of support.

“Southern Rural Water’s slogan says “serving communities”, and that’s what today is about,” Mr Clapham said.

“The intent of this golf day for the last 27 years has been interacting with customers, but this year, it’s about making sure farmers have a fun day with no stress.”