Bayswater Tennis Club calls for upgrades to facilities

Bayswater Tennis Club calls for upgrades to facilities

BAYSWATER Tennis Club president has called for upgraded facilities to accommodate nearly 800 members.

President Dan Kerrigan said it had been a long time since the club had renovations.

“I think the last time there were significant renovations was 15 years ago when the roof fell down,” he said.

“It is a 70 or 80-year-old building, so even though it has a bit of character, it is at the stage where it needs upgrading.

“The clubhouse has asbestos, has not got proper toilet amenities or wheelchair access and our entertainment area is very limited.” Mr Kerrigan said there were not enough showers and toilets for members and visitors.

“The reality is a lot of other clubs attend our pennants tennis on the weekend,” he said.

“We are among the top 10 pennant playing clubs in Perth.”

Mr Kerrigan said the club’s 16 courts, including clay, grass and hard courts were in good condition.

He said the club was in contact with the City of Bayswater and politicians.

“The City of Bayswater council recognises it (a revamp) probably should have happened some years ago,” he said.

A City of Bayswater spokesman said the City had held discussions with the club.

“The City met with the club late 2015 and early 2016 in relation to a number of options,” he said.

“The club made a presentation to councillors in February 2016 and submitted a formal funding request in March 2016.”

He said the tennis club was among 20 community and sporting clubs that had made requests for funding to upgrade facilities and infrastructure.

“All requests received are assessed against prescribed evaluation criteria, and these will be considered by the council,” ths spokesman said.