SPORTS AND RECREATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM- SUCCESSFUL GRANT!
Tennis Townsville is very excited to have secured a $318,000 grant from the Queensland Government round 3 of the Sports and Recreation Infrastructure Program to upgrade the four tennis courts in Queens Park.
Tennis Townsville will contribute $90,000 towards the redevelopment
Former Tennis Townsville President and very active committee member, Vic Bayer said the upgrade will include:
- Moving the four courts towards Paxton Street and thereby creating a 4 mtre walkway between the groups of courts.
- The four tennis courts will be realigned to be ITF standards.
- New fences will replace all the existing fences on the four courts and around the walkway. The fences were damaged by Cyclone Yasi.
- Lights will be moved and consideration is being given to changing the lights on courts 11 to 13 to the same type as on court 10.
- The surfance is going to be Rebound Ace Synpave courts with green/terracotta colours.
- The walkway will be shaded either with sail cover or metal and will have tables, chairs and water fountain facilities.
- The other work that will be required includes construction of new retaining wall, excavation and concreting 4 x 73 metres for court extensions, grinding of all the area and extensive drainage.
The overall objective is to start the upgrade in January 2011.
GOVERNMENT GRANTS- SOME SUCCESS
Tennis Townsville was successful with obtaining three grants:
- Replacement of corroded fences on courts 2 to 4. TTI obtained $26,800 from Gambling Community Benefit Fund to replace the fences. The fencing work will be carried out NQ Fencing during next school holidays to inconvenience to playing members.
- Gambling Community Benefit Fund approved an application by TTI to install solar panels and solar water heater. The total cost of solar panels and solar water heater is $11,770.
- The Townsville City Council provided $2,500 towards producing the history book for the 100 year centenary.
Tennis Townsville submitted two application in 2010 to Queensland Government Sports & Recreation Infrastructure Program for the redevelopment of the 7 Queens Park Tennis courts. The total cost is close to $600,000. Once in June and one in October. On both occasions the Department ranked the application at the highest level meeting all the criteria. We seem to have missed out on each occasion when it reached the Minister's office.