The sight and sound of construction work at South Wagga Tennis Club on Friday was a pleasing culmination for president Scott Toole.
Work began on a $350,000 improvement for the club, installing six new synthetic full-sized tennis courts and four smaller ‘hotshots’ courts at the Morgan Street venue.
Seeing the project get underway means nights of applying for funding is finally, literally, paying off.
“It’s taken us three years from the time we started to where we are today,” South Wagga Tennis Club president, Scott Toole, said.
“It’s great to see it and hopefully in two months’ time it will be all finished.”
The tennis club partnered with Wagga Council to apply for NSW government funding through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The existing granite surface is used for Saturday morning junior competition but Toole said the courts weren’t suitable for adult competition.
The club is confident that the demand is there for up-to-date courts in the central Wagga location, particularly given their close proximity to the hospital precinct.
““There’s a lot of demand for the courts to be upgraded,” Toole said.
“People will come. We’re in a high-traffic area.
“We’ll have an on-line booking system to book the courts, 24/7, so families can come down when it suits. And the hotshots court will be accessible all the time. They won’t need booking.”
The club can see a day when it, Bolton Park and the Hopwood Park courts on Sunshine Avenue could share hosting rights to tournaments.