Court upgrades to begin at last
COTTESLOE Council will take out an unbudgeted loan of $480,000 for the Cottesloe Tennis Club to complete its 2012 proposal to add four hard courts and build night lights.
“There is an interest and anticipation in the club, and there’s a feeling of ‘get on with it’, so to speak,” club president Phil Baron told the council’s December 15 meeting.
In 2014, the council supported the Napier Street club’s request to the WA Planning Commission to expand and endorsed an application for the project a year later.
A council staff report said an earlier loan to the club had been repaid in full by its 2014 due date, and payment for the new loan required similar repayments.
But a request for a further $80,000 loan to the club was refused because the amount had not been set aside for 2015-16, but it will be reconsidered after a mid-year review of the budget in early 2016.
This month, the State Government announced the club would get a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities grant of $58,365 so three grass courts at the club could be converted to a hard surfaces illuminated by floodlights.
“I certainly enjoy my tennis and I hope the new facilities are enjoyed by many, and these small grants can make a big difference to our local sporting clubs and communities,” Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett said.
Small grants are for projects under $200,000 to pay for improvement including lighting, sheds, toilets and changerooms, resurfacing, fencing and drains.
For more go to www.dsr.wa. gov.au/funding/facilities-(csrff).