IN PROGRESS: The Callide Valley Tennis Association courts are getting a $143,000 upgrade following safety concerns.
IN PROGRESS: The Callide Valley Tennis Association courts are getting a $143,000 upgrade following safety concerns.

UPGRADE: Tennis courts to meet state standards

A $143,000 UPGRADE of the Callide Valley Tennis Association’s hardcourts is close to completion.

The major overhaul of courts 1 and 2 has come about after Tennis Queensland officials deemed the courts to be ‘unsafe’ and not meeting safety standards.

CVTA president Tim Nelson said it got to the point where Tennis Queensland contacted the club and said it would have some matches removed due to safety concerns.

“They became unplayable and started to have a tripping hazard,” Nelson said.

“If we couldn’t get these courts upgraded and had matches removed it would be a hit to the club financially and to our members because we have the largest junior base out of rural tennis clubs in Central Queensland.

“It was getting to the point where you almost couldn’t play on the courts, it was horrendous.”

Commencing in early October, the upgrade has included replacing the foundations of courts 1 and 2 from bitumen to reinforced concrete and repainting the courts and lines.

FRESH FEEL: The upgraded courts 1 and 2 now meet the safety standards of Tennis Queensland.
FRESH FEEL: The upgraded courts 1 and 2 now meet the safety standards of Tennis Queensland.

After applying for a grant with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Nelson and the club were rapt when they were successful in their application, receiving the $143,000 funding in March.

“We are so relieved to have got the money to upgrade two courts. We do need all four done but courts 3 and 4 are nowhere near as bad as what courts 1 and 2 were,” Nelson said.

“All we have to do now is put in the new nets and net posts.

“The painters finished on November 27 and we need to give it three or four days before people can walk on it and a week before any match play can begin.”

Nelson said the club would fundraise over the next year and apply for grants to finish upgrades on courts 3 and 4.

CVTA’s club presentation night is December 7 from 5pm.

Monday night social tennis will continue over the school holiday period.


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