East Malvern club courts council funds

EAST Malvern Tennis Club is calling for support from Stonnington council to repair the state of its ageing clubrooms and courts. 

According to club president Tony Byrnes, the club’s 10 entecar courts can no longer  accommodate their 650-plus members, and leave them well behind the standard seen in neighbouring tennis clubs.

“Entecar was the preferred surface of the ’50s and ’60s and has lost favour... because of its need for constant maintenance and watering,” Mr Byrnes said.

The courts were built along with the clubrooms in the 1950s and have been maintained solely by the club. However, with a steadily dwindling membership base, the club is calling for outside support to keep up with sporting standards and hopes to attract more memberships. 

“We are debating the best options for our courts’ surfaces and have been saving our pennies every year to provide better facilities for our members.” 

New lights for evening matches, disability access, a wet surface area and the removal of asbestos sheeting are some of the club’s upgrade concerns.

Mr Byrnes expressed frustration with the local council after the 125-year-old tennis club was  overlooked in Stonnington’s 2009 Pavilion Redevelopment Strategy.

Stonnington Council has held recent talks with Tennis Victoria, according to Mr Byrnes. 

Both Tennis Victoria and Stonnington council refused to comment on the matter.

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