Tennis club members divided over relocation

Land the club sits on has been earmarked to be part of the Bassendean town centre redevelopment, with the potential for the club to be shifted to Bassendean Oval.

A survey by LandCorp found about one-third of respondents favoured relocation of the tennis courts.

Mr Stefanelli said a meeting was held for members last week so he could deliver the facts.

“Ask five different people (members) and you will get five different responses,” he said. “It has polarised the club.”

Mr Stefanelli said the club, which was established in 1913, had moved three times already.

Mr Stefanelli said claims by residents that the club had been “bought out” by LandCorp were untrue.

“I take offence to that, that makes me angry,” he said. Swan Districts Football Club chief executive Tom Bottrell also had to quash rumours about the club’s future.

Mr Bottrell said at LandCorp’s first community forum on February 24 that there were strict conditions on the spending of the |$3 million the State Government had pledged.

He said it would go towards a refurbishment of facilities rather than a rebuild, and quashed rumours the club was moving to Midland or the Swan Valley.

Parents of students at St Michael’s School have also expressed concern about it potentially losing its oval play space in the redevelopment.