Kyneton Golf land deal off

“Cumbersome and lengthy” planning processes have sunk GemLife’s plans for a 172-lot development on Kyneton Golf Club land.
The anticipated land sale was to relieve the golf club of financial difficulty, and received overwhelming support from members in June.
But GemLife director and CEO Adrian Puljich confirmed last week the over 50s lifestyle resort operator had abandoned the plans.
“The planning and approvals process was too cumbersome and lengthy to unlock the golf club land,” Mr Puljich said.
“Our dealings with the golf club committee were first-class and it’s a shame that we couldn’t bring this to fruition. We would be open to exploring the opportunity again if planning laws change.”
The development included modifications to existing greens and reconfiguration of the Vern Morcum designed course.
Golf club president Adrian Hanks said the Queensland company had backed out of the proposal in mid-November after months of progression.
He said it was “disappointing for the club” as it tried to shore up its financial position for the future.
The club has 150 members, down from 400 several years ago, and is competing with rising costs to maintain the grounds and facilities.
“We are still in the same situation. It’s really about securing the future of the club,” Mr Hanks said.
“It’s hard for sporting clubs out there. People aren’t participating in the same way that they used to: people are more time-poor and circumstances have changed.”
Mr Hanks assured the club would not be closing in the foreseeable future but would continue to look for options to improve its financial position and increase membership. He said the club was open to conversations about the potential use for some of its land.
“I think there’s a good opportunity here for someone to step in and do something,” Mr Hanks said. “When one door closes hopefully another will open.”

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