Ten­nis club aces the fundrais­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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

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