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New board to decide fate of tennis courts

16/01/2019 // by admin

CLOSED…The sign on the locked gate at the Senate Road tennis courts.THE future of the Port Pirie and District Tennis Association’s Senate Road tennis courts will be a matter for the new board to consider in coming months.
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The venue has been closed because of occupational health and safety issues with two recreational players being hurt from uneven bitumen in between and at the rear of the courts.

Port Pirie Tennis Centre manager Grant Hanlon said that the future of the courts would be a matter for the new board which would be elected at the annual general meeting on Monday.

“I am not sure of the costs to repair the courts,” he said.

He said the courts were handed to the tennis association by the previous owners, the smelter, which at the time was keen to keep them as community courts.

“While we are not under any obligation to do so, the future of the courts will be a decision for the new board to make,” Mr Hanlon said.

He said the association’s courts on The Terrace were open to the public all year round at no cost.

“These courts are equal to the best courts in South Australia and we keep the gates open to the public, even during winter,” he said. “All our funds are going towards these courts – we have plans to upgrade the lights from courts six to 10 to an international standard and we need to bring up to scratch courts 16-21.

“We are also looking at extending the clubhouse to create a bigger hall area.

“Last year we spent about $7000 on our show courts, courts 1 to 10, to have them all professionally cleaned and get them up to A1 position.

“We need to keep these courts in tip-top shape for the community, our clubs and for the invitational tennis championships in February.”

Maxine Northcott is among a group of recreational players who regularly used the Senate Road courts as part of a Tuesday morning social tennis club.

Mrs Northcott said that the venue had been popular with recreational players.

“The association did offer us the use of their courts on The Terrace, but we decided to move to the court belonging to the BHAS Bowling Club,” she said. This court is next to Woodward Park.

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