Club president Gordon Ashman said the club had been successful in receiving a $92,000 grant from the State Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund.
‘We were surprised we got it,’ Mr Ashman said. ‘It will mean we can redo two of the courts and make them dual-|purpose for netball and tennis.’
The club was one of four recipients in the Agricultural region. Smaller amounts were awarded to Northampton, Dongara-Denison and Corrigin.
Offered twice a year, the grants are designed for grassroots sport and recreation clubs and councils that need financial assistance to undertake a project that might |otherwise be out of reach.
Mr Ashman said the tennis courts were in need of work. ‘They are 30 years old and have no drainage, which means water pools on the surface.’
The Bakers Hill Tennis Club will celebrate its centenary next year.
‘It will certainly be nice to have the courts redone for the anniversary
‘We are trying to make it more community based and get more people involved.’
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron announced that the four recipients would share in $130,000 in funding to support local projects.
Member for the Agricultural Region Martin Aldridge said the grants were imperative to maintain a high level of sporting participation in regional communities.
‘Sporting clubs in regional WA are about more than just fun and good health,’ he said. ‘They have an unparalleled ability to bring communities together.’ Mr Aldridge said.
To apply for a grant, visit dsr.wa.gov.au/facilitiesfunding