The Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club (YLTC) committee is disappointed in the “ill-thought out plan and short-term fix” of a planned new entry road at the JC Lowe Oval precinct that could see clubhouse landlocked.
As the Yarrawonga Holiday Park charges forward with its master plan and subsequent boom gate at the existing park entry, the YLTC are facing a major infrastructure blowout and overhaul of its facilities as a result of its existing clubhouse being landlocked.
In a statement provided to the Yarrawonga Chronicle the YLTC committee strongly opposes the construction of a 200m road without any future budget allocation and a timeline for the proposed total works.
“This road impacts not only the tennis club but all user groups within the park and there is no surety over the location of future car parking or a commitment of funding to finish the entire project,” the YLTC committee said.
“With the anticipated closure of the Piper Street entrance, the clubhouse will become landlocked and its members and visitors will be required to enter via the new Burley Road entrance.
“Significant works will be required for the club to provide adequate access for patrons and there will be a need to remove existing infrastructure in order to enhance the southern boundary and provide a new entrance for the club.”
The YLTC have limited boundaries in which to relocate existing infrastructure, thus identifying an urgent need for boundaries to be ratified.
The committee said the future of the JC Lowe Oval complex will require further infrastructure to be built.
“This precinct generates significant income for the shire and for the town all year round and the works suggested by the council will severely impact access to current users in addition to the visitors that are attracted to the many events that are run there.
“In a recent meeting with all user groups of the JC Lowe Oval precinct, an agreed position was reached in regard to the future development, entrance point, proposed road and future car parking proposal.
“This has been forwarded on to the council and a plan is being drawn up as we speak. The JC Lowe-Alexandra Park development requires a strategic plan which encompasses the whole park and all user groups.
“For many years YLTC has worked in cooperation with the park and other user groups and we are confident that a positive result can be achieved if the council also chooses to listen and respond to the feedback and suggestions recently provided by all stakeholders.”
The YLTC is a unique asset to the town providing a drawcard for many events with its ability to provide 55 quality grass courts. The 2018 Easter Tournament will be the club’s 120th, arguably the longest running in the world. The 2017 Country Week event was one of the biggest tournaments in Australia with 1,800 entries.
“The recent meetings of stakeholders demonstrated an ability to share common interests and design infrastructure which will be multi-purpose in their use. As such council needs to take this proposal into consideration rather than charging forward with an ill-thought out plan and short-term fix of a 200m road that does not meet the needs of any user group in the park in its current design,” the committee said.
The YLTC committee said that a commitment to sufficient, ongoing funding for this precinct is also required to ensure a successful and viable outcome for the Yarrawonga Mulwala community.
Despite the efforts of user groups Moira Shire Council have proceeded with a tender for the new road entry with a completion date planned for early next year.
Moira Shire Chief Executive Officer Mark Henderson said that once council receives a response to tender they can review the scope of work and funding allocation and the user groups have been invited to provide feedback on this project.
“I’d be confident that local solutions can be found, through continued discussion and goodwill, to address the legitimate needs of all user groups that enjoy the reserve and the river.
“In the longer term, as Yarrawonga continues to grow, we’ll need to look for ways to expand river-based recreation access without it being centred on the Yarrawonga Holiday Park,” Mr Henderson said.