Significant upgrades on the way for JJ Clancy Reserve
Four ageing synthetic tennis grass courts at the end of their life will be reconstructed at JJ Clancy Reserve in Kilmore.
The Federal Government’s Sportaus Community Infrastructure Grant Program will assist in funding the $600,000 Mitchell Shire project. Mitchell Shire will be providing $290,000 in funding to coincide with the $200,000 federal government contribution, while Kilmore Tennis Club will be providing $80,000. Tennis Australia’s National Rebate Program will deliver $30,000.
Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell announced the funding would be provided for the project last week. This funding is part of new programs targeting grassroots facilities and participation from the Federal government which will assist in delivering important infrastructure to areas like Mitchell Shire.
Lighting will be upgraded on eight of the ten courts at the JJ Clancy Reserve. There are four pre-existing light towers, and these will be upgraded with new lights. Four courts will be lit up for the first time which will provide comprehensive lighting for tennis players to take full advantage of the facilities and enable increased use.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said the Kilmore Tennis Club – who themselves contributed $80,000 – and the support of the JJ Clancy Reserve Committee of Management were a big part of the project being funded.
“This is a great example of a partnership project with significant funding contributions from the Kilmore Tennis Club, Tennis Australia, Sportaus and Council. It is really superb to see clubs and organisations partner together to achieve such remarkable results,” he said.
“Improving sporting facilities through Mitchell Shire is important for sustainable communities and healthy lifestyles.
“These rebuilt courts and upgraded lighting will give residents through the region access to some of state top class facilities. This wouldn’t have been possible without the partnership from all parties.
“I would like to thank the Federal government, Tennis Australia, Kilmore Tennis Club and the JJ Clancy Reserve Committee of Management for all of their support during this project.”
Detailed design for the project is underway with construction to start later this year.
This project coincides with further works at the JJ Clancy Reserve with lighting for the football oval to come in 2019.