-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
18 June 2019
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP, made a visit to Stockinbingal on Saturday to open the newly resurfaced tennis courts.
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC), has recently completed the $100,000 project which was funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Round Two grants.
The tennis courts are located at the end of King George V Park and directly across the road from the local school. The park is home to the new War Memorial and a children’s playground. The park is a focal point for the village and upgrading the courts has further enhanced this area. The tennis club celebrated its 80th birthday last year.
Stockinbingal Tennis Club Treasurer and Publicity officer Sue Caldwell said, the upgrade to existing crushed granite surface with synthetic grass on the three courts will encourage more use and reduced maintenance.
“The tennis club will be able to commence junior tennis with the new court surface and start building future tennis players for years to come. Our club also contributed $22,000 for the construction of new fencing surrounding the courts,” Ms Caldwell added.
“Our club would also like to thank Mrs Ann Larson who prepared the grant application. Ann’s contribution was the first step in getting this facility to where it is today,” Ms Caldwell said.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP, said it was a fantastic facility.
“The new surfacing will increase the participation on these courts, they are now safer, user friendly and will encourage the development of tennis as a sport for the Stockinbingal community,” Ms Cooke said.
CGRC mayor Cr Abb McAlister said he was pleased that another project that benefits our communities was completed.
“Its facilities like these that enhance the experience our residents across our towns and villages have. These courts will be in use for future generations,” Cr McAlister said.
An expression of interest has been received from the Stockinbingal Primary School for school participation on the courts. Allowing students to add tennis to their sporting activities. Interest from Cootamundra players and others is expected to see tennis club membership increase.