Grand slam ten­nis grant for Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

GOLD SHOT: Tr­ish and Rob By­grave hope to see a new be­gin­ning for ten­nis in Monto.

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