It’s a grand slam for tennis in Frankston City this week, with Council at Monday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting (23 September) endorsing to commit much-needed funding towards upgrading existing Frankston East Tennis Club facilities at Centenary Park
The $4.2 million project responds to Frankston Tennis Club’s urgent need for a home ahead of the Frankston Hospital expansion, and is supported by the State Government of Victoria.
It was a decision Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly said “cements Council’s commitment to future-proofing tennis in our region for generations to come”.
“A modernised Centenary Park tennis facility will become a major asset to the local community and region as an attractive location for competitions, encouraging increased membership and participation while retaining a piece of Frankston City’s sporting history for generations to come.” He said.
“Recent discussions with the Frankston and Frankston East clubs as well as Tennis Victoria have been extremely positive and we look forward to delivering this important sporting upgrade.”
Frankston Tennis Club representative, John McGillivray said the decision by Council to support the upgrade would benefit so many in our community, and help keep tennis alive and thriving in Frankston City.
“It’s wonderful of Council to recognise the importance of tennis in our city, and demonstrate their commitment by endorsing this vital development,” John said.
John Burns of Frankston East Tennis Club echoed Mr McGillivray’s sentiments, saying while it was touch and go there for a while, the decision by Council would ultimately ensure a long and prosperous future for tennis in Frankston City.
The proposed redevelopment of existing facilities at Centenary Park will provide a stand-alone tennis centre which meets Tennis Victoria standards and accommodates the needs of both the Frankston and Frankston East clubs.
- 13 hard surface courts with new lighting and fencing
- Upgrade of existing pavilion featuring open social space and café, kitchen and bar, storage and cool room, accessible shower, accessible public toilet, new male and female change rooms and amenities, meeting room and tournament office, external painting and service upgrades
- Car park upgrades meeting DDA compliance requirements
- Landscape works including retaining walls, gardening, footpaths as well as drainage and service upgrades
- Frankston City Council – $1.365 million ($200,000 already expended)
- State Government of Victoria – $3 million – this figure includes:
- Purchase of Council land - $1.505 million
- Contribution to assist in relocation of the Frankston Tennis Club - $1.495 million
- Frankston Tennis Club and Frankston East Tennis Club (combined contribution) – $35,000
Frankston Tennis Club and Frankston East Tennis Club will merge at the Centenary Park site, with works expected to be completed by August 2020.
Local state member, Paul Edbrooke said, ““I am pleased to see that the Frankston Tennis Club is merging with Frankston East Tennis club utilising the $3 million provided by the State Government.”
“This paves the way for the works to start on the 2018 Andrews Labor Government Election Commitment to build a $562 million dollar world-class Frankston Hospital.”