PLANNED improvements for the Patterson Park tennis courts could still be as far as a decade away.
Tennis court upgrades, a half basketball court and a family barbecue area were all revealed in a master plan document in September 2011.
But weeds, broken glass and other rubbish strewn across the courts mean some are unusable already.
Just six of the nine courts have nets, and while the three green acrylic courts are playable, play on the remaining three with nets is inhibited by large cracks, grass and weeds.
Continuous improvements co-ordinator Jason Thomas said a community meeting was held last year to discuss proposals for the courts but it wasn’t well attended.
“Not a lot of people turned out, maybe about 10 people,” he said.
“What we proposed was a five to 10 year implementation of that master plan.”
The concept plans were endorsed by the council in 2011 when then director of shire futures Bronwyn Herbert said plans would be costed, prioritised and timelines developed.
“The importance of the park to the community was evident through the consultation undertaken to prepare the plans,” she said.
But while the hard surface courts have been earmarked for upgrades, Mr Thomas said the shire was focussed on the lawn tennis courts.
“Over the last couple of years we’ve spent half a million on the lawn tennis club,” he said.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 9, 2014