Sunday, June 23, 2024

Barwon Heads courts tennis upgrade

City of Greater Geelong Council says facilities upgrades at Barwon Heads Tennis Club are giving local players improved conditions for competitive and social play.

The $275,000 project has been fully funded by the Victorian Government through its 2021-22 Strategic Projects initiative and is being delivered by the Council.

Work so far has seen the re-surfacing of two courts with synthetic grass, while installation of LED sports lighting on the club’s two unlit courts is in progress.

Mayor, Trent Sullivan says remaining funds will be put towards minor clubhouse renovations.

The Mayor joined state Member for Bellarine, Alison Marchant; Barwon Heads Tennis Club committee members, Gary Willson, David Reid, Emma Webb, and Jason Schoenmaekers, and councillors, Jim Mason and Elise Wilkinson to view the progress of the works.

“The two re-surfaced courts offer an alternative to the venue’s existing hard courts,” said Mayor Sullivan.

“The synthetic grass is great for all-round play and easier on joints than hard courts, and the completion of the lighting upgrade will mean all six of the club’s courts can be used at night.

“We appreciate the Victorian Government’s funding to enable us to deliver a project that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the Barwon Heads community.”

Ms Marchant said the upgrade will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Barwon Heads and surrounds who are interested in getting involved in community sport.

“We’re investing in great projects like this as they encourage more people to get fit, active, and involved in local sport, create more local jobs and boost home grown sporting communities,” she said.

It’s expected the full project will be completed in September.

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