Coonabarabran Golf Club grant funding makes ‘dive-in’ movies safe for all

Coonabarabran Golf Club’s ‘dive-in’ movie program is alive and kicking across local Warrumbungle Shire swimming pools thanks to an Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations grant. We spoke with the Club’s Secretary and Licensee, Zoe Holcombe, to learn more about how the club and local community are benefitting from Inland Rail’s support.

Attendees at the div-in movie event held at the Coonabarabran Golf Club

On Australia Day 2020, a patron using a wheelchair couldn’t access the Coonabarabran Golf Club because the accessible parking spot was blocked.

Club Secretary and Licensee, Zoe Holcombe knew she had to improve accessibility for everyone.

Zoe, who volunteers at the club and works at the local observatory in Workplace Health and Safety, is passionate about making workplaces safe and accessible. She recognised the club needed new safety equipment, including a portable ramp that the club could use to ensure everyone could access the facilities.

“We received [the ramp] in November after our grant application was successful, and we’ve used it several times already. It’s made a massive difference,” Zoe said.

Zoe also applied for cable covers, safety barriers and a residual-current device (RCD) to protect patrons from electric shocks. These items are used with the club’s blow-up projection screen and projector at ‘dive-in’ movie events held at swimming pools across the shire.

Warrumbungle Shire’s ‘dive-in’ movies allow film buffs to beat the heat and watch their favourite flicks under the stars and in the water at local pools. Although not as flashy as the stars on screen, the safety equipment improves event safety by eliminating trip and electrical safety hazards around the pool area.

If you live in the Warrumbungle Shire and want to head along to the next ‘dive-in’ movie, get in touch with the Coonabarabran Golf Club via their Facebook page:

So far, a total of $380,000 has been donated to more than 120 community groups across the 1,700km Inland Rail alignment as part of the Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

If you’re a local business or community organisation looking to organise projects, events or group activities, visit to find out more and apply for a grant. The next round of applications Is now open and closes on 30 April 2021.


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