Court up­grades to be­gin at last

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.­ing/fa­cil­i­ties-(csrff).

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