Open day to reveal club’s new courts

PLAYERS can expect to feel an extra spring in their step at the Australind Tennis Club’s open day on Saturday.

The club will officially unveil its new tennis courts at the event which feature an acrylic multilayered cushioning surfacing system, the first of its kind in WA.

“There is 8mm of rubber cushioning under the surface, with some of the rubber sourced from recycled tennis balls,” club member Greg Sawyer said.

The environmentally-friendly surface does not contain any lead, mercury, heavy metals, or formaldehyde, plus is abrasion, slip, wear and UV resistant.

“But the key point is the extra cushioning,” club president Janet Varney said.

“It suits all ages and levels.” Having played on Plexipave courts in Singapore and America, Ms Varney said she preferred the club’s new courts.

“It’s lovely, when you have to move around on it you really notice the difference.”

Synthetic grass had been used at the club for the past 15 years, but it was a constant battle to maintain the turf with corellas causing significant damage to the surface.

It became clear to the club that repairing or replacing the synthetic turf was not cost-effective in the long term.

The new courts are expected to last at least 10 years.

“All you have to do is repaint the surface,” Mr Sawyer said.

Mr Sawyer and former club president Lyn Richards embarked on the consultation process two years ago and together with previous committee and club members, liaised with the Harvey Shire Council and fundraised towards the project.

“Lyn Richards and Greg Sawyer really are the key people at ATC who gave up so much of their time over the years to make this project a reality,” Ms Varney said.

The courts were part of an upgrade which included new nets and lighting and was co-funded by the club, the Harvey Shire Council and the Alcoa Sustainability Fund.

The open day festivities will begin at 10am, with shire representatives and club patron Forrest MHR Nola Marino expected to attend.

There is 8mm of rubber cushioning under the surface, with some of the rubber sourced from recycled tennis balls.

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.