Grand slam tennis grant for Monto
MONTO District Tennis Association has received a $100,000 Sport and Recreation grant to restore the town’s aging tennis court.
The grant application, coordinated through the government Sport and Recreation Bundaberg, will allow the association to replace the light and wiring at the Monto tennis court, and resurface the four courts.
Association president Rob Bygrave said the hope was for the new works to bring back tennis to the area.
“This upgrade is a really big thing; a lot of the stuff here is past its use-by date,” Mr Bygrave said.
“The process will be to replace the surface on the first four courts and put in new modern lighting.”
With the current lights, night games have become unfeasible due to poor visibility, and during the summer months, the heat means the court goes unused.
“To replace the lights, you’d have to replace all the bulbs, but even then the lux would be too low for acceptable tournament-level lighting,” Mr Bygrave said.
“The wiring’s had it as well, so you’d have to spend a lot of money and even then you’d end up going toward a second-rate system.”
According to Mr Bygrave, the current quote for fixing up the tennis court is $140,000.
The association also received a grant of $12,000 from Tennis Australia and a promise of in-kind support from North Burnett Regional Council to cover some of the costs of work.
“If we get a quote for, say, $8000 to pull the posts out, the idea is the council will come and do it for nothing for us,” Mr Bygrave said.
Mr Bygrave was confident support from the club membership would help make up the rest of the costs.
Once the works are underway, which are believed to be happening in March, his hope was that the improved conditions would lead to a rise in local membership.
“I reckon the work will be finished by June, July,” Mr Bygrave said.
“Tennis just hasn’t had the run it used to and hopefully the new centre upgrade will make a big difference.”
Membership costs are $60 per year for adults and $40 for children.
The process will be to replace the surface on the first four courts and put in new modern lighting. — Rob Bygrave
GOLD SHOT: Trish and Rob Bygrave hope to see a new beginning for tennis in Monto.