Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club have been successful in gaining $5,000 funding under the Stronger Communities Program Round 3 to renovate and revamp their social amenities.
The lawn tennis club was the first in Damian Drum’s electorate of Murray to receive funding from the federal government which they will use to enhance the spectator area of the courts.
The project description states the tennis club will receive an upgrade to existing infrastructure through construction of a modern outdoor alfresco decking area for players and spectators.
This upgrade also includes a new decking, bar, tables, stools, planter boxes, feature wall and bench seating.
Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club Committee member Jo McCarthy said it was great to receive funding to revamp their spectator arena and she hopes it will bring more people to the tennis.
“We need to provide something more modern and appealing as we host a fair few tournaments, so we want to try and attract people to our courts both for the game and the socializing that goes with it,” Jo said.
Although the federal government have provided the $5000 funding the lawn tennis committee are in the process of raising money of their own to ensure all renovations that have been discussed are a possibility.
Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club President Stephen York said the funding would help the social side of the tennis club and may entice more people to come down and sit at the new decking and at the bar to watch some class tennis.
“We would like to enhance our clubhouse as well because our last renovations were done around 30 years ago so it needs a bit of a revamp,” Stephen said.
“We want to make the rooms more available and appealing for social functions, we have had people enquire about having functions here but with a more modern club we hope we could have more people wanting to utilise our space.”
The funding will also provide a new outlook on the club’s show courts Stephen said as the proposed area for the seating would be optimal positioning for viewing of the club’s first three courts.
“The decking could make court one, two and three our show courts as that would be prime positioning for all our new features and the perfect spot to watch those three courts,” Stephen said.
Member for Murray Damian Drum was impressed with the state of the courts and said it was money well spent to grant the club funding to help entice more people to the area and the tennis club.
“We had $150,000 to divvy up between the electorate and we saw this application and thought it would be a fantastic one to put some money into,” Mr Drum said.
“I hope it helps and it will be great to see the place when all the renovations are done.
“To put money into an association like this that could help to entice more people to the area and the lawn courts as well as stay in the area or revisit is just fantastic and I am always willing to endorse it.”