Alison Scott and Alan Pade from Westside Tennis Club which is ready for a major upgrade.
Alison Scott and Alan Pade from Westside Tennis Club which is ready for a major upgrade. Bruce Thomas

Westside's in the money

A SERIES of applications for government seed capital has turned into a bonanza for Westside Tennis Club.

The original approach made by tennis coach Alison Scott to the Department of Sport and Recreation was granted and the $36,000 will allow the club to replace three clay courts with synthetic grass.

“Once that was cleared we decided to apply for more funds and after a lengthy process, we received $92,000 from the Community Building Fund and a further $40,000 of environmental funding which will help with our water preservation scheme as we’re on town water.

“Depending on the availability of labour, work will progress in stages and the club hopes to have everything completed by the middle of the year.”

The Harbour Tennis Academy is based at Westside and head coach Allan Pade said the level of funding had been unexpected.

“We started small and this has turned into something very big,” he said.

“There are going to be enormous benefits right across the tennis community and the choice of three surfaces will make the complex extremely versatile.”

Apart from the conversion of the clay courts, a concrete block retaining wall will prevent water spilling across playing surfaces.

Metal light poles will replace timber, court 6 will be lit and courts 7 and 8 will undergo lighting upgrades.

The roller shed is no longer needed and its removal will open up the complex to extra space.

A new practise wall will also be constructed.

But the most welcome part of the re-development will be the construction of two Plexipave hard courts to replace the existing synthetic surfaces.

“This type of surface is waterproof, meaning we are not as vulnerable to the elements,” Pade advised.

“Long periods of wet weather are detrimental to the clay courts and this improvement will be a fantastic step forward.

“Over time there are plenty of other jobs that need attention, such as replacing winders on the tennis court nets so they don’t stick out.

“But it’s all very exciting for us and a lot will be done in time.”

The club is also in search of a good home for the old wooden poles once they are removed.

“They are still in very good condition and are becoming harder to get,” Pade added.

“Give me a call on 6652 7694 and we’ll talk about removal.”

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