OUTSTANDING RATES WAIVED FOR TENNIS
A tennis revival is on the cards for players in Biggenden, following the council’s purchase of their courts.
The North Burnett Regional Council have taken ownership of the Biggenden Tennis Courts and Clubhouse on Alice St, due to increasing interest in the sport.
After the collapse of the previous tennis association in 2014, the courts had been steadily accumulating rates yearly.
Council documents indicated the rates sat at approximately $5668.47 as of January 29, 2020.
Following the climbing bill for unpaid rates, the land then fell to the Queensland Public Trustee.
Councillor for division six Robbie Radel said this move has been in the works since the newly formed Biggenden and District Tennis Association Inc had contacted them in 2019.
“There was no tennis for quite a number of years, very occasionally there’d be a Saturday morning hit and giggle,” Cr Radel said.
“But in the last 18 months there has been a solid group of people playing tennis, and playing regular fixtures for a long period of time.
“They were trying to come up with a way to move forward, and to make sure the maintenance could be done to get everything up and going properly.”
The association told council they would not be able to pay the outstanding rate costs if they were to take ownership of the land, but would instead take over operations.
“This swayed council’s decision to say that this isn’t just a flash in the pan.
“We’re not talking about guys who’ve decided in the last five minutes that they want everything upgraded.”
The council will now pay the Public Trustee $1,419 for administrative costs in order to take ownership of the land.
“It will come down to the group to source their own grants and funds to undertake any upgrades of power and maintenance, and that onus remains on the group themselves, not the council.”
According to council documents, the association have already commenced making improvements to the site, having been awarded funding to paint the clubhouse, and commence upgrades to the kitchen area.
The group will also be fundraising through sausage sizzles, and catering opportunities in order reconnect the electricity, and fund further improvements.
THANKS FOR THE GAME: Arthur Clifford, Rosemary Romeril, Duncan Simpson and Alice Hough enjoy their Tuesday morning social tennis at Biggenden.