Last night’s Tennis Australia awards recognised Boroondara Tennis Centre as the nation’s ‘Most Outstanding Club’ yet the centre is likely to be demolished to make way for the Victorian Government’s North East Link project announced by the Premier last week.
Boroondara Mayor, Cr Jim Parke, said the tennis centre was awarded for providing a first class range of programs and opportunities for people to stay healthy and active.
“This award recognises a demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of the centre and the excellent service it provides for the Boroondara community.
“While this latest accolade should be cause for celebration, the prospect of the centre's potential demolition to make way for North East Link Corridor A makes it bittersweet,” he said
“We are appalled the Victorian Government's decision to deliver North East Link Corridor Option A is threatening the future of this much-loved, nationally respected community sports centre.
On average, more than 45,000 people of all ages and abilities access the tennis centre and enjoy the versatile tennis programs on offer.
“Almost nine percent of the population plays tennis in the municipality and the Boroondara Tennis Centre plays a key role in meeting this demand.
“The North East Link should be designed in a way that does not impact the continued viability of this important community facility,” Cr Parke said.
“Important community assets like Boroondara Tennis Centre need to be protected. We will continue to fight North East Link Corridor Option A,” he said.
As the winner of the Victorian Tennis Award in October 2017, the Boroondara Tennis Centre was automatically entered into the Australian awards to compete against facilities around the country.
Located in North Balwyn, the tennis centre is one of Melbourne’s largest public access facilities with 23 outdoor courts and a range of surfaces, including synthetic grass, clay and hard courts.
Owned by the City of Boroondara, the centre is managed and operated on Council’s behalf by Maher's Tennis Management Services.
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