It’s game, set and match for tennis lovers in the City of Whittlesea as Council gives the green light to a state-of-the-art tennis hub at Huskisson Recreation Reserve in Lalor.
The $9.8 million redevelopment will include upgrading the four existing tennis courts and the addition of two new courts, plus construction of a new shared community pavilion to support West Lalor Tennis Club, Darebin Chargers Cricket Club, and future sporting clubs.
The works will also include an expansion to the Kingsway Drive car park, providing improved pedestrian access to the tennis courts, pavilion and Jacaranda Preschool.
City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said that the redevelopment at Huskisson Recreation Reserve will put Council’s master plan for the site into action, aiming to create safe and inviting spaces for people of different ages and abilities to be active.
“With more and more City of Whittlesea residents playing tennis every year, we’re keen to invest in the future of our community’s social, mental and physical wellbeing,” Ms Wilson said.
“We’re working closely with the local sporting clubs to ensure that the transformation of Huskisson Recreation Reserve meets their needs now and into the future. We might even find the next Ash Barty!”
For West Lalor Tennis Club President Andrew MacNeill, the redevelopment of the facilities at Huskisson Recreation Reserve will help the 508-member club provide high-quality social and competitive tennis programs.
“The new facility will equip the club to deliver a range of inclusive tennis programs for the local community, including young mothers’ groups, people with disabilities and disadvantaged community members,” Mr MacNeill said.
“It will provide modern and inclusive facilities for the whole community to enjoy.”
Construction of the tennis courts, car park and pavilion, is expected to start in 2023/24.
To view the Huskisson Recreation Reserve master plan, visit whittlesea.vic.gov.au/huskisson