Manjimup is finally set to have its own dedicated tennis courts after the council served the local sports club with much love at a recent meeting.
Manjimup Tennis Club received development approval from Manjimup County at a regular meeting on September 29 and will now begin construction of its new tennis pavilion and courts.
According to Shire documents, the development will consist of six new floodlit tennis courts – with the possibility of adding two more – as well as a meeting room, kitchen, office and amenities.
The proposal was approved at the September 29 board meeting, with a unanimous decision to approve the proposal and allow the project to continue development.
Club chairman Peter Simpson said the development approval was a big step for the club.
“The club is pleased to work with Manjimup County on the construction of the tennis club,” he said.
“It’s a huge thing for us, not to have a club now in the stages of building a club.”
Mr Simpson said the construction of the pavilion and courts would also benefit the community.
“We have juniors all the way to senior players and also social players,” he said.
“But it’s not just about them either. The community will also have a place to enjoy tennis.
Mr Simpson says the project is ready to move into the next stages of construction as the development proposal has been approved.
Earlier this year, the club also spoke to the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times about receiving a $550,000 grant to begin building the clubhouse and courts.
The MTC is still in the establishment phase, with training and training sessions available in town, but the club has not yet participated in fixtures.
The project is expected to last two years, with construction beginning with the demolition of the Apex Building of the Manjimup Recreation Center which stood on the site of the proposed tennis pavilion.