Council adopts netball and tennis court strategy
The Greater Bendigo City Council has endorsed a Hard Court Facilities Strategy 2018-2028 for outdoor netball and tennis facilities located throughout Greater Bendigo.
City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the strategy which was developed in consultation with local clubs, associations and peak sporting bodies, provides a clear strategic framework to assist the City to plan, fund and develop and enhance outdoor netball and tennis facilities in the future.
“Through the strategy a number of key focus areas will guide the work undertaken by the City and local sporting groups over the next 10 years,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“By endorsing the strategy the City is aiming to increase the access and use of local facilities by providing more social and casual use opportunities.
“The City also wants to support local clubs through the ongoing renewal and upgrade of facilities to ensure they respond to the current and future demands for netball and tennis.
We also want to improve the capacity and sustainability of local clubs and associations through stronger partnerships.”
According to the City’s 2014 Active Living Census, netball is the ninth most popular activity and tennis the eleventh among local residents. Both netball and tennis competitions are played across a significant number of venues throughout the City (20 netball and 46 tennis including some mixed used venues). The latest AusPlay statistics also note that tennis is the second most popular activity that people have participated in over the past 12 months.
In Greater Bendigo there is currently:-
- A shortage of lit courts to support training and night competition
- A need to upskill volunteers to deliver local competitions and manage and maintain facilities
- A preference for acrylic courts due to playability, multi-use and reduced maintenance
- A lack of adequate player and spectator amenities especially for females
- An oversupply of courts in low population areas and an undersupply in key growth areas such as Maiden Gully, Kangaroo Flat and Strathfieldsaye
- Single and two court tennis facilities located in outer suburbs and township are locked up, have limited use and are not being maintained
- A shortage of tennis coaches which can make it difficult for clubs and sports to thrive
- Not all clubs are affiliated with the state body creating challenges around facility usage, insurance and club development support.
The Hard Court Facilities Strategy 2018/2028 is available to view online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au