Tennis club aces the fundraising
PORT Douglas Tennis Club has been hitting a lot of winners in the past half a decade, following a shared vision and relentlessly adding to its assets and facilities.
It’s one of those smart clubs that know where its heading and how to secure grants.
“Five years ago you wouldn’t be looking at these new tennis courts,” club secretary Charlie Arter at a little ceremony to cut the ribbon on two new courts last weekend, ahead of the annual general meeting.
“What was here was three thoroughly worn out synthetic grass courts with holes in the surface, patched areas, and fences made up of old railway line and rusty wire.”
Charlie gives the credit to former president Alan Lane – “he’s been the driving force, he’s the revved up man, and it was his impetus and his ideas. It really sparked us to go off and get the grant, and we’ve gone on from there.
“After the first court we thought ‘we did that so let’s have a go and do these other two’.
“He’s been the motivator for sure but there’s been a lot of work done in the background as well.”
All up the tennis club has won more than $300,000 in grants to add or fix up tennis courts in the past few years.
“The ultimate thing would be to have a new clubhouse – but that’s big dollars,” Charlie said.
Next thing on their agenda is to move the basketball and to use that current spot as another court, although there are issues to be resolved on that matter.
Mayor Julia Leu, on hand to cut the ribbon on the new court, spoke of the club’s savvy when it came to getting ahead.
“Your club has done a terrific job,” she said.
“When it comes to grants from so many different sources that have led to these new courts, that’s a fantastic achievement.
“And you yourselves.
“If every single club in the shire was active as you – you have the vision, you know what you want – it would embolden a lot of people.” raise money