Funds give Canning and South Perth tennis facility a boost

Mayor Sue Doherty, MLA John McGrath and South Perth Lawn Tennis Club’s  Andrijano Jareb, Tim Freeth and Stephen Zeeb.
Mayor Sue Doherty, MLA John McGrath and South Perth Lawn Tennis Club’s Andrijano Jareb, Tim Freeth and Stephen Zeeb.

THE newly merged Canning Lawn Tennis and South Perth Lawn Tennis Club facilities will be extensively upgraded in the new year, using an $850,000 grant from the Housing Authority.

The City of South Perth will manage the club upgrades of eight new hard courts built and clubhouse facility improvements.

The Housing Authority granted the funding to the club after the integration of Canning Lawn Tennis Club members after the Canning club closed two years ago, to make way for a multi-million dollar affordable housing development.

The Housing Authority pledged $850,000 to make room for the expanding membership two years ago but Member for South Perth John McGrath said he had been concerned the project had stalled.

Construction of the new courts is expected to begin in January 2016.

“I’m very happy the City of South Perth has now signed an agreement with the Housing Authority to project manage construction of the new courts and lighting,” Mr McGrath said.

“On Saturday afternoons and Wednesday nights players had been forced to sit out and wait for court space.”

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the upgrades would provide competitive facilities to cater for the inclusion of the former-Canning Tennis Club members and the community.