I am is delighted that a State Government project to construct eight new fully lit courts at the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club in Murray Street, Como, will finally go ahead.
I became concerned to find that the project seemed to have stalled after visiting the South Perth Tennis Club recently. I then raised the matter in State Parliament, complaining that the 117-year-old club had been let down.
The project was announced two years ago when the Canning Tennis Club was left homeless after their site in Bentley was resumed by the Housing Authority to become part of a multi-million dollar affordable housing development.
South Perth Tennis Club agreed to take in the homeless Canning members and the Housing Authority pledged $850,000 in funding to install an extra eight floodlit courts to accommodate the expanded membership.
The South Perth club also sought funding to renovate and expand the existing clubhouse.
But after two years nothing had happened. On Saturday afternoons and Wednesday nights players were forced to sit out and wait for court space.
There were simply not enough courts to accommodate the players and the club sought my assistance. Once I raised the matter in Parliament things started to move quickly. I’m very happy that the City of South Perth has now signed an agreement with the Housing Authority to project manage construction of the new courts and install lighting. Hopefully it won’t be too long before members are able to use the new courts.