Sanctuary Lakes' Ron Gauci and Kevin Birtles

Melbourne’s Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club is set to enter a new era as members have taken over the management of the Club with a new Board of Directors headed by one of Australia’s best known sports administrators, Ron Gauci, a Club member and resident at Sanctuary Lakes.

Officially opened by in February 2000, the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Course at Point Cook has risen quickly through the ranks to be recognised in the top one hundred golf courses in Australia.

The transition of the Club from the Foundation Board linked to the developer of Sanctuary Lakes, Links Living Limited, which assisted the new Club to establish itself with financial support, took place in June. The new Board took control of the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, ending two years of negotiation.

Mr. Gauci, the former CEO and Managing Director of the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club said the new Directors of the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club were extremely well qualified and committed to guide Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club into its next successful era as a modern members club with top facilities and a strong club and community spirit.

The three other Board members include Jayne Todd, CEO and Company Director of 3D Networks , Joseph M Matina, who is widely experienced in accounting and financial planning and is a board member of both the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club and Sanctuary Lakes Resort Services, and Geoff Walsh, an experienced international audit and risk management specialist and Director of MGW Advisory – A firm offering Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Operational Risk and Internal Audit advisory services based in Melbourne.

Mr. Gauci said, “The restructure of the Club is already underway as SLGC seeks to engage its members and appropriate people outside the Club to assist with the operational management and the execution of its Strategic Business Plan through the formation of a number of committees.

“We have a number of major strengths already existing to build on, including one of the best golf courses in Australia, located in one of the fastest-growing areas of Australia with recently refurbished club facilities combined with a coaching /driving range learning centre.

“Over the years with the commitment of members and our golfing professionals there has been a strong development of junior programs for both boys and girls which have also been supported by the Sanctuary Lakes Foundation.

“Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club also has a strong links to the local and wider community at a business and community level having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities in the past twelve years.”

Mr. Gauci paid tribute to all members who had served on committees over the past twelve years and built the foundations for the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club to move into the new era as a members-based Club.

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