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Mid-year completion date targeted as work gets under way on Albany Tennis Centre in Centennial Park

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Department of Sport and Recreation's Mel Eastough, Member for Albany Rebecca Stephens, Albany Tennis Club's Rex Beach and Les Bairstow and City of Albany Mayor Greg Stocks at the Centennial Park construction site.
Camera IconDepartment of Sport and Recreation's Mel Eastough, Member for Albany Rebecca Stephens, Albany Tennis Club's Rex Beach and Les Bairstow and City of Albany Mayor Greg Stocks at the Centennial Park construction site. Credit: Laurie Benson

The Albany tennis community has celebrated construction starting on its long-awaited new Centennial Park home.

Members of the Albany Tennis Club — formed following a merger of Merrifield Park and Lawley Park tennis clubs last year — have long been pushing for the construction of a centralised tennis centre.

The final funding required to develop a six-court centre was secured 12 months ago on a third attempt to secure a grant through the State’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.

The project also received funding contributions from the State government, the City of Albany, Tennis Australia and the Great Southern Tennis Association.

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ATC president Rex Beach said it was “phenomenal” to see work on the centre had started with the new central location set to drive interest in the sport thanks to its “higher profile”.

“This has been a long time in planning and it’s finally coming to fruition now,” he said.

He said he was keen to see the juniors develop on the new courts rather than those at existing facilities, which are breaking up.

“It really is for the juniors and emerging tennis players,” he said.

“They are going to have a dedicated centre to play tennis.”

Initial plans for a 16-court centre were pared back on subsequent funding applications, downgraded to a 10-court centre and then finally to the successful six-court centre.

The City of Albany is managing the project on behalf of the ATC and has leased an area to the club that allows for future expansion.

“This is stage one,” Mr Beach said.

“We’d like to be able to get lighting in and then another four courts to get a true tennis centre and we can continue to build from there.”

Pending weather, a mid-year completion date is targeted for the facility.

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