Manjimup Tennis Club given green light for six brand new tennis courts and pavilion

Daniel HockingManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Tim Ioannou, Jodi Johnston, Peter Simpson, Alana and Jack Starkie.
Camera IconTim Ioannou, Jodi Johnston, Peter Simpson, Alana and Jack Starkie. Credit: Ben Loughran

Manjimup is finally set to have its own dedicated tennis courts after the council served the local sport club a whole lot of love at a recent meeting.

Manjimup Tennis Club received development approval from the Shire of Manjimup at an ordinary meeting on September 29 and will now start construction of its new tennis pavilion and courts.

According to Shire documents, the development will consist of six new tennis courts under lighting — with provision for an additional two — as well as a meeting room, kitchen, office and amenities.

The proposal was approved at the council meeting on September 29, with an unanimous decision being made to approve the proposal and to allow the project to continue development.

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Club president Peter Simpson said the development approval was a major step forward for the club.

“The club is happy to be working with the Shire of Manjimup on the construction of the tennis club,” he said.

“It’s a huge thing for us, starting from not having a club to now in the stages of building a club.”

Mr Simpson said the construction of the pavilion and courts would benefit the community as well.

“We have juniors all up to senior players and also social players as well,” he said.

“But it’s not just about them as well. The community will also have a place to enjoy tennis as well.”

Mr Simpson says the project is ready to move into the next stages of construction with the development proposal having been approved.

Earlier this year, the club also spoke to the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times about receiving a $550,000 grant to begin construction on the pavilion and courts.

The MTC is still in the stages of establishment, with coaching and training sessions available in town, however the club is yet to participate in fixtures.

The project is estimated to take two years to complete, with construction beginning with the demolition of the Apex building at the Manjimup Recreation Centre which stood on the site of the proposed tennis pavilion.

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