Federal Member for Hasluck, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP attended Mundaring Tennis Club on Wednesday to hand over a cheque for $150,460. The funds, which were made available through the Sport Australia, Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program, will contribute more than 75% of the costs of resurfacing the club’s six existing courts, a project with a total cost estimated at $196,460.
In meeting the total costs of the project, the Shire of Mundaring will contribute an additional $21,000, with the Mundaring TC funding the remaining $25,000 to ensure the realisation of the much needed facility upgrade.
The installation of Laykold Masters Gel surfacing to the club’s six courts will provide competition grade playing conditions for players who have spent years competing on repurposed basketball courts.
The Hon Ken Wyatt MP is proud to be involved in delivering projects that benefit the health and wellbeing of the local community.
“Mundaring Tennis Club is a perfect example of a local community group that is passionate about the health and wellbeing of its members. I am proud to have fought for and then delivered the local Mundaring community these improved sporting facilities”.
“This funding for Mundaring Tennis Club is just one component in a much larger campaign I have run to ensure Mundaring locals have the facilities and the infrastructure they need to thrive.” Mr Wyatt said.
The Treasurer of the Mundaring TC, Mr Barry Roff says the Sport Australia funding will change the playing experience for everyone who takes to the new courts.
“The new cushioned courts will ensure our senior members can play for longer, whilst our junior players will have the added benefit of playing on competition grade courts,”
“Without the availability of Sport Australia Grants, as well as the ongoing support of the Shire and Member for Hasluck, major projects like this just wouldn’t happen,”
“It’s a win-win for everybody. The benefit to the wider community can’t be underestimated,” Mr Roff said.
The project, which is set to commence in May, with an estimated completion date of February 2020, will further complement the club’s extensive developments over the past 12 months.
In addition to the resurfacing project, Mundaring Tennis Club has installed competition grade LED court lighting, renovated the club house and installed Tennis Australia’s Book-a-Court technology to ensure online court hire accessibility to the wider community.
“The club has been well supported with financing a variety of developments over the past 12 months“ Mr Roff said.
“The LED court lighting project, which means we can now play under competition grade lighting, was worth $176, 313,”
“The club received a significant grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for $150,000 with the remaining costs of the project covered by the Shire of Mundaring,”
“The recent installation of the Book-a-Court technology is a game changer. It removes the hassle of accessing the courts providing easy access to members, social players and the wider community,”
“Funding from the Tennis Australia National Court Rebate (NCR) program assisted the clubs finance of the Book-a-Court project worth approximately $16,000,” Mr Roff said.
In addition to the club’s recent infrastructure developments, and in looking to bolster the club as a premier tennis facility servicing the Hill’s community, future capital improvement projects anticipated for inclusion include a hitting wall, additional club house upgrades, an external toilet facility and a noise reduction barrier.
Highlighting the club’s strong understanding of the community’s needs, Tennis West Places to Play Manager, Mr Graeme Hall says that the club has been governed by the solid foundations of a strategic business plan that aligns directly with that of the Tennis West direction.
“Mundaring TC have proven just how important it is to understand the needs and wants of the community,”
“In doing so, the club were able to develop a strategic business plan, proving its worth through the delivery of significant infrastructure upgrade projects worth over $350,000,”
“What stands now, is a community set to reap the benefits of the club’s realistic and appropriate development of the clubs facilities and venues,” Mr Hall said.
The Sport Aus Community Sport Infrastructure Funding supports small to medium scale projects up to $500,000 to improve local community sport infrastructure which will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs. For more information visit: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding
For more information about Tennis West Facility Development, visit https://www.tennis.com.au/wa/clubs/facility-development
For more information about the Book a Court program, visit http://www.tennis.com.au/clubs/book-a-court