Council on serve for top tennis gong

Mitchell Shire Council is hitting winners with its investment in improving recreational facilities, having been named a finalist in the 2021 Victorian Tennis Awards.

The Supporting Tennis – Local Government Award is presented to the LGA who is judged to be the most engaged with, and supportive of, tennis in their community.

Council has invested nearly $4.2 million in the past 2 years towards tennis projects.

A further $2.1 million of combined grant funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria, Tennis Australia / Victoria, Sport Australia and local clubs, has seen nearly $6.3 million of service improvements delivered.

Council’s commitment to improving sport and recreation opportunities for girls and women has also benefitted netball participation through shared-use courts and a pavilion.

These projects have addressed the urgent need to renew ageing outdoor courts infrastructure and expand and update lighting to support greater participation.

Projects completed in the past 2 years or due for completion shortly include:

  • JJ Clancy Reserve, Kilmore, Tennis Court and Lighting Project: Reconstruction of 4 tennis courts and 8 courts lit to competition standard
  • LB Davern Reserve, Wandong, Netball/Tennis Court and Lighting Project (Enclosure 3): Reconstruction of 2 dual purpose courts with competition standard lighting
  • Harley Hammond Reserve, Broadford, Netball/Tennis Project: New shared use pavilion with 2 dual purpose courts and competition standard lighting
  • LB Davern Reserve, Wandong, Tennis/Netball Court and Lighting Project (Enclosure 2): Reconstruction of 2 dual purpose courts with competition standard lighting

Current projects include:

  • JJ Clancy Reserve, Kilmore, Netball Tennis Court Renewal and Upgrade Project: Includes 2 Netball/Tennis courts and 2 Netball courts, all with competition standard lighting.
  • Wallan Tennis Complex – Enclosure 2 Lighting Project: New competition standard lighting for 2 courts
  • Beveridge Recreation Reserve Netball/Tennis Court Project: Includes reconstruction of 2 Tennis/Netball courts with competition standard lighting.

Council staff have worked closely to build strong relationships with Tennis Victoria, other state sporting associations and Sport and Recreation Victoria to deliver a wide range of sport and recreation facility improvements over recent years.

Winners of the 2021 Victorian Tennis Awards will be announced on Tuesday 19 October.

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