Net ben­e­fits for club

UPGRADE MEANS MORE COURT TIME

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Kaylee Martin

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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d451105

Hig­gins Park Ten­nis Club found­ing mem­ber Brendan Duffy and ten­nis coach Eddy Kong.

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