New Wonthaggi tennis courts are ace


Wonthaggi is the home of two brand new tennis courts following the grand opening at the Wonthaggi District Tennis Club on Sunday, 11 October.

The new high quality plexipave courts satisfy the requirements of Tennis Australia and are the same blue as the Australian Open courts.

They replace two acrylic courts that had a dangerously uneven, gravelly surface.

Club President, Russell Cargill, said planning for the $170,000 project had been in place for a number of years.

“The previous Coalition State Government provided a grant of $50,000 to kick start the process, with the Club and Council then successful in receiving a $50,000 grant through the Sports and Recreation Victoria minors program,” Mr Cargill said.

“Bass Coast Shire Council contributed $10,000 and countless hours of project management. The Club is grateful for the work and liaison provided by Howard Scott, Ella Angarane and Ravi Raveendren.

“The Club has managed its finances carefully to contribute $35,000, and Tennis Victoria also guided us in our successful application for a grant for $25,000 from Tennis Australia.”

The two remaining acrylic courts have been cleaned by a new high pressure washer the Club purchased with the help of a Council Community Grant.

“The new plexipave courts and the cleaning of the acrylic courts have improved the quality and safety of the playing surfaces,” Mr Cargill said.

There are further plans in place to replace these remaining courts in the future.

Tennis Club Life Members Sophie Pothof, Carol Sleeman, Margaret McCulley and Ivy Sheppard officially opened the courts. They and said it was fantastic to see new facilities to encourage community members to become more active.

The Club caters for a junior competition, midweek ladies competition, an evening social mixed competition, a morning social get together and for learners of all ages through coaching and a hotshots program.