City of Greater Geraldton funds sport project

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
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The Spalding Park Tennis Club will receive funding from the City of Greater Geraldton to go towards resurfacing two courts and replacing the perimeter fence.

During a council meeting on August 28, councillors unanimously agreed to support the club’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund small grant application for $17,250, excluding GST.

Club president Luke Ertzen said the funding contribution would help give the club “a bit of a facelift”.

“The two courts are in need of repair, they’re cracked and need re-surfacing,” he said.

“They’re still safe to play on but this improves the safety and playability of the courts.

“We’ve also put in to redo the fencing around courts one-five as that’s in a state of disrepair and needs upgrading.

“It’s a good result for the club.

“Hopefully we can attract a few new players.”

The total project is expected to cost $64,000.

Ertzen said the club was now waiting to hear whether the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries would be able to provide a one-third contribution.

The City has $100,000 allocated within the CSRFF budget each year and has already allocated $66,666 from the 2018-19 budget towards the Wonthella Bowling Club’s turf replacement project.

City chief executive Ross McKim said there would now be just over $16,000 left for CSRFF applications this financial year, with the second round opening early in 2019.

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