Sawtell Tennis Club gets a makeover

IT was a case of 'advantage receiver' for the Sawtell Tennis Club, thanks to a work-for-the-dole scheme that saw most of their dated facilities revamped.

Beginning last August, Tursa Employment and Training began their 'Advantage Receiver' activity at the club - a project during which community work participants almost fully restored the club facilities.

Not only did they give the clubhouse a new interior and exterior paint job, they replaced the guttering and downpipes on the clubhouse, built new net boxes, demolished and rebuilt sun shelters, demolished and reconstructed the front fence and repaired tiling in the bathroom.

Tursa Employment and Training's community work co-ordinator, Vicki Hooper, said the program, funded by the Federal Government, was about giving unemployed people the opportunity to learn new skills and help gain permanent, full-time employment.

“There were 27 people involved in Advantage Receiver, and six of those left because they found part-time work. That's what this program is all about,” Mrs Hooper said.

Sawtell Tennis Club president Jill Nash said the club was more than appreciative.

Tursa Employment and Training are always looking for new 'hosts'- not-for-profit organisations that are looking to be involved in the community work program. More info: 6651 1887.

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