Draft netball and tennis court strategy available for comment

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The City of Greater Bendigo has released a draft 2018-2028 Hard Court Facilities Strategy for netball and tennis for public comment.

By developing a long term strategy the City is aiming to increase access and use of local facilities by providing more social and casual use opportunities, support local clubs through the ongoing renewal and upgrade of facilities, ensure facilities respond to the current and future demands for netball and tennis, and improve the capacity and sustainability of local clubs and associations through stronger partnerships and governance.

According to the City’s 2014 Active Living Census netball is the ninth most popular activity and tennis the eleventh among local residents and netball and tennis competitions are played across a significant number of venues across the City (20 netball and 46 tennis including some mixed used venues). In addition the latest AusPlay statistics also note that tennis is the second most popular activity for people to have participated in over the past 12 months.

City of Greater Bendigo Active and Healthy Lifestyles Manager Lincoln Fitzgerald said the draft strategy has found there is a shortage of lit courts to support training and night competition, an increasing 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 and a lack adequate player and spectator amenities especially for females.

“The report also found that there is an oversupply of courts in low population areas and an undersupply in key growth areas such as Maiden Gully, Kangaroo Flat and Strathfieldsaye and that single and two court tennis facilities located in outer suburbs and township are locked up, have limited use and are not being maintained,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“There is also a shortage of tennis coaches which often makes it difficult for clubs and sports to thrive. We also discovered that not all clubs are affiliated with their state body and this creates challenges around facility usage, insurance and club development support.

“The draft strategy provides a clear strategic framework to assist the City to plan, fund and develop and enhance outdoor netball and tennis facilities in the future. A number of key focus areas are also included which will guide the work undertaken by the City and our partners over the next 10 years.”

The draft Hard Court Facilities Strategy 2018/2028 is available to view online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au until June 1, 2018.

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