Official opening of Burnie Tennis Court upgrade

The official opening of the Burnie Tennis Court upgrade will be held on Saturday 4 February 2017, coinciding with the final day of play of the 2017 Caterpillar Burnie International.

The $1.06 million Burnie Tennis Court upgrade has been jointly funded by the Australian Government through the Community Development Grants Program with a contribution of $391,115, the State Government committed $250,000, Tennis Australia committed $150,000, Burnie Tennis Club committed $100,000 and Burnie City Council committed $173,000.  

Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff will officially open the courts, along with Mayor Anita Dow.  Representatives from Tennis Australia, Tennis Tasmania and Events Tasmania will also be present.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “This has been an exciting week for Burnie, with the return of the much anticipated Burnie International event and now the official opening of the upgraded facility. This upgrade of course could not have been possible without funding assistance from the Federal and State Governments, Tennis Australia, the Burnie Tennis Club and Council.”

“This is another great example of stakeholders working together for the betterment of the community, and it is wonderful to see that both Federal and State levels of government recognised the significance of this project to Burnie.”

“The upgrade included the re-surfacing all fifteen courts including a synthetic grass surface on four courts. Court lighting has been upgraded for the show court with two new light poles and lights installed and new lights on the existing poles for the synthetic grass courts have also been installed. The upgrade also included a new fencing system and a new surface drainage system. New power and data cabling was installed throughout the courts and foundations for light poles on five additional courts have been installed providing a future opportunity to light additional courts."

“The courts look fantastic. The contractors RT & NJ Construction Services Pty Ltd have put in an incredible effort to get the job done within the very tight time frames that we had, especially given the fact the weather was not always on our side.”

“The benefits of this upgrade extend further than the return of the Burnie International event. The Burnie Tennis Club can now open itself up to host other major tennis events such as the 2017 Australian Masters and it is also in a better position to be able to further support junior development.”

“We are a sporting community, and having a tennis facility of this quality in our city is a tremendous community asset.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728