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Published Friday 8 October 2021
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Council on serve for top tennis gong

Mitchell Shire Council is hitting winners with its investment in improving recreational facilities, having been named a finalist in the 2021 Victorian Tennis Awards.

The Supporting Tennis – Local Government Award is presented to the LGA who is judged to be the most engaged with, and supportive of, tennis in their community.

Council has invested nearly $4.2 million in the past 2 years towards tennis projects.

A further $2.1 million of combined grant funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria, Tennis Australia / Victoria, Sport Australia and local clubs, has seen nearly $6.3 million of service improvements delivered.

Council’s commitment to improving sport and recreation opportunities for girls and women has also benefitted netball participation through shared-use courts and a pavilion.

These projects have addressed the urgent need to renew ageing outdoor courts infrastructure and expand and update lighting to support greater participation.

Projects completed in the past 2 years or due for completion shortly include:

  • JJ Clancy Reserve, Kilmore, Tennis Court and Lighting Project: Reconstruction of 4 tennis courts and 8 courts lit to competition standard
  • LB Davern Reserve, Wandong, Netball/Tennis Court and Lighting Project (Enclosure 3): Reconstruction of 2 dual purpose courts with competition standard lighting
  • Harley Hammond Reserve, Broadford, Netball/Tennis Project: New shared use pavilion with 2 dual purpose courts and competition standard lighting
  • LB Davern Reserve, Wandong, Tennis/Netball Court and Lighting Project (Enclosure 2): Reconstruction of 2 dual purpose courts with competition standard lighting

Current projects include:

  • JJ Clancy Reserve, Kilmore, Netball Tennis Court Renewal and Upgrade Project: Includes 2 Netball/Tennis courts and 2 Netball courts, all with competition standard lighting.
  • Wallan Tennis Complex – Enclosure 2 Lighting Project: New competition standard lighting for 2 courts
  • Beveridge Recreation Reserve Netball/Tennis Court Project: Includes reconstruction of 2 Tennis/Netball courts with competition standard lighting.

Council staff have worked closely to build strong relationships with Tennis Victoria, other state sporting associations and Sport and Recreation Victoria to deliver a wide range of sport and recreation facility improvements over recent years.

Winners of the 2021 Victorian Tennis Awards will be announced on Tuesday 19 October.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

“Council’s Recreation and Open Space team works really hard to secure funding and deliver projects for our community. It’s great to see their hard work recognised with this nomination," she said.

“We are a growing shire and part of our role as Council is to work with our government and community partners to help provide facilities and the opportunity to play sport and connect."

“I’d like to sincerely thank our funding partners, we simply couldn’t fund projects of this scale on our own at this stage in our population growth cycle."

This page was last updated on 8 October 2021.