Victoria’s most outstanding tennis centre could be in line for demolition if the Victorian Government’s North East Link Option A gets the go-ahead.

The Boroondara Tennis Centre, recognised as the most outstanding tennis centre at this month’s Victorian Tennis Awards, could be affected by a major freeway interchange as part of North East Link Option A.

In September, Council rejected a proposal to spend half a million dollars on an upgrade to make the Boroondara Tennis Centre even better.

“How can we, with a clear conscience, agree to spend that amount of ratepayers’ money on the tennis centre when it may be severely impacted by North East Link Option A?” Cr Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara asked.

“I am delighted the Boroondara Tennis Centre has been recognised for its excellence; it was a clear standout from the 1000 tennis clubs located across Victoria. 

“It is a major concern to us that this fantastic community facility, which has now been recognised as best in class, is potentially threatened by a freeway that will not achieve its objective of creating an orbital link around the city.

“We believe Corridor Option C better serves the project criteria and region by providing a high-quality, freeway road link between the growth areas in the north and the south-east.

“This includes improved access for freight and provision of good travel time savings for traffic between the M1 and M80 through a true ring-road which avoids the need to widen the Eastern Freeway and the potential future upgrade of the Eastlink tunnels,” Cr Healey said.

Councillor Jim Parke, Bellevue Ward said residents feared Corridor Option A would impact their homes and families directly.

“We will continue to advocate for our community to protect Boroondara’s environment, facilities and local amenity,” Cr Parke said.

On average, more than 45,000 people of all ages and abilities access the tennis centre and enjoy the versatile tennis programs on offer. 

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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