Bayswater tennis club’s bid for funding smashed down

Bayswater Tennis Club coach Anthony Harbrow. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Bayswater Tennis Club coach Anthony Harbrow. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

BAYSWATER Tennis Club’s projected $1.4 million clubhouse redevelopment project is “up in the air” after the Department of Sport and Recreation rejected its $400,000 funding application this month.

The Federal Government committed $750,000 to the project in 2016 subject to receiving plans, but the funds need to be accessed by March 2018.

In July 2016, the City of Bayswater allocated a $150,000 reserve in funding to the redevelopment of the clubrooms.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the city would consider a further request for funding via its 2017-18 budget process once the final cost became available.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, who is a patron of the club, said the club had to fund $50,000 itself.

The remainder would still need to be funded from other sources.

Bayswater Tennis Club’s Dan Kerrigan said he was disappointed to miss the department’s funding but was hopeful the project would still go ahead.

“The situation is if we do not get additional funding we think we need to deliver the project, then we run the risk of the (Federal) Liberal funding lapsing and nothing happens,” he said.

“I am hopeful the plan will still proceed. The feedback that I had from the City of Bayswater is that they are still keen to get a result, obviously they need to look at their funding into 2017-18 (financial year).

Mr Kerrigan said the club was in discussions with the city and the State opposition for potential funding.

A Department of Sport and Recreation spokeswoman said the club missed out on a Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grant because there were higher priorities for funding.

She said the club was eligible to reapply for funding in the next round this year.