A group of former state and federal officials have written to the county courts in Claremont and Glenmorangie saying they “stand united” against a plan to build a new tennis court in a county already home to more than 1,100 courts.
A recent survey of court users showed more than half (52 per cent) had voted in favour of the new tennis courts.
It is the first time in Australian history that an Australian county court has been chosen as the site of a new public tennis court.
A spokesman for the court said it was in the final stages of planning and that it was considering options for the site and expected to begin construction later this year.
But the group of state and local officials are now asking the court to reconsider its decision to build the new courts.
“There is no other county in Australia that is so close to the sport’s epicentre of Melbourne,” they said in a statement.
“The vast majority of the community are in favour, with a strong majority of voters saying they would support a new court in Claremore and Glenmore.”
We are writing to advise that the county court must consider whether the proposed public tennis courts should be built at a cost that will not harm the quality of life of the Claremore community, particularly the young people who play on it.
“In a letter to the court’s managing director, the members of the Committee for the Advancement of the Arts, Arts, Music and Dance in the County of Clare and the National Council for the Arts in the Province of Clare, said the proposed tennis court would “serve a purpose of no other purpose in Claremorangies history”.
The letter said the current court site was “not just another County Court”, but was also “a symbol of the importance of arts and cultural heritage to the community”.”
It will provide the area with a safe and convenient venue for the public and its residents to enjoy and enjoy,” they wrote.”
This is a critical factor in the development of the arts and culture in Clare.
“But Mr McIntyre said he was concerned the proposed new tennis course would impact on Claremont’s already fragile arts and recreation economy.”
You can’t have that without having an arts and leisure economy,” he said.”
It’s a vital part of what’s happening in Clare and Glen Morangies.
“Mr McIntyre was elected to Claremont in 2010, and he said he would be willing to sit down with the county council to find out why they had chosen to build it.”
I’m not going to sit here and make a judgement on that,” he told RN Breakfast.”
But if the council says they are not going for the environment, then I’ll look at it.
“The new tennis facility will be located on the site where the existing courts once stood.