Golf heads to Parliament
Stuart Appleby, the JBWere Masters Champion and eight-time US LPGA title holder Rachel Hetherington recently joined the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) in a series of meetings with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra.
“The Australian Golf Industry is an extremely important component of the Australian economy and one that transcends many areas outside of the sport, including health, the environment, tourism and trade,” said Max Garske, the CEO of the PGA of Australia and Chair of the AGIC.
Garske said AGIC had a number of meetings planned throughout the day where they asked for support for key industry projects while also increasing general awareness levels within the walls of Parliament House.
This is the second consecutive year the AGIC has visited Canberra and the trip is expected to be an annual event.
“The AGIC recently became an incorporated body and each year its influence continues to grow,” said Garske.
The AGIC was established in late 2006 to provide a forum to help unite the industry on agreed industry wide initiatives.
The AGIC is made up of representatives from the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA), Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG), Australian Sporting Goods Association (representing golf equipment suppliers & manufacturers) – ASGA, Golf Australia (GA), Golf Management Australia (GMA), PGA of Australia (PGA), and the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects (SAGCA).