Sail, socalise and dine in the heart of Darwin
After many years of faithful service DSC's big red tractor has finally got to the stage where the many bandage solutions will no longer hold the old girl together. This has come at considerable impost to the club with the Training Coordinator and Sailing Manager having to use their own private vehicles at times to retrieve club rescue boats.
Thanks to some sterling work from the Sailing Committee, led by the irrepressible Steve (Yeeeah Baby !) Windspear, the Commodore and the Grants Officer (Fiona McManus) we now look forward to the arrival of a brand spanking new Kubota tractor. A Community Grants funding bid was placed for the tractor after Xmas when it became known that Big Red was terminal. The specifications were worked up by the Sailing Committee and the application submitted in quick fashion.
Notice of grant success was received on the 7th of June, the order placed directly with Darwin Company Áirpower. The new tractor is being assembled this week, likely to be delivered next week complete with sunroof, flashing lights and marine protection.
This will have significant impact for training and sailing operations, no more will staff and volunteers have to play Popeye to manoeuvre our old beast around the boat park. The new tractor will have a scheduled maintenance program to ensure it meets club needs well into the future. So its tractor competition naming time ! All submissions to the Sailing Committee by Tuesday the 1st August. Several nominations for "Ginger Tug" already received.
The cost of the tractor is $41,280 with $37,530 coming from the grant, the remaining being paid by DSC. A second $4,000 Community Benefit grant to replace VHF radios, Opti sails and Pacer masts was also successful, with items now on order.
This success yet again highlights the value of a club volunteer dedicated to organising and applying for the significant range of grants opportunities open to the club. Its worth noting that the Community Grant program has only been available to the club after removal of the pokies. There are a large number of further items which we will seek alternate methods to fund, to further grow sailing at DSC.
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