Net benefits for club
UPGRADE MEANS MORE COURT TIME
HIGGINS Park Tennis Club has passed the first hurdle in its bid to raise $300,000 for an upgrade.
The East Victoria Park-based club currently has four hard courts that are useable at night and 12 grass courts.
The upgrade would transform four of the grass courts into hard courts to meet increasing community demand.
Higgins Park Tennis Club president Tom Leeming said the club could currently accommodate only about half of the players who turned up for social games on Monday nights.
“For social playing we’ve had about 30 people but only 16 can actually use the courts. People don’t get much of a go so they just leave,” Mr Leeming said.
After fighting for renovations for about 12 months, a proposal was put to the Town of Victoria Park to contribute some of the funding.
Councillors unanimously agreed to include funds in the Town’s draft budget for the upgrade at their meeting last week.
An application can now be submitted to the State Government for another $100,000 from the community sport and recreation facilities fund, but the club will have to raise the remaining $100,000.
Mr Leeming said having the proposal pass through the council was the first step in the journey.
“Without the money from the Town we can’t pursue any State Government money, so this was the biggest piece of the puzzle,” he said.
“The council has been really supportive; recently they put $20,000 into upgrading some of our facilities.”
The new hard courts would also have flood lighting for night games.
“It will be great for the club; it’s the game changer that it really needs,” Mr Leeming said.
Higgins Park Tennis Club founding member Brendan Duffy and tennis coach Eddy Kong.