A $21 million tennis complex comprising 18 International Tennis Federation (ITF) standard courts will be built in Glen Waverley at the site of the current Glen Waverley Golf Course driving range.
The new tennis centre is a State Government investment in tennis in Victoria, and will be delivered by Monash Council.
As well as the courts, the centre will include a new multi-sport pavilion, practice facilities for golf and upgrades to the car park and pedestrian paths.
A key part of the project will be a new intersection at the corner of Waverley Road and Jells Road to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion on these roads. This will bring significant improvements to local traffic conditions and address concerns expressed by local residents as recently as a survey conducted in early 2020.
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Monash Mayor Brian Little said the tennis centre was a fantastic addition to sporting facilities in Monash.
“This is a game changer for Monash and Council is excited to be delivering this project,” Cr Little said.
“After a difficult year, this announcement has us looking forward with anticipation to the year ahead and the investment in Monash.
“All over Monash I expect budding young tennis champions are champing at the bit to use facilities as good as this, and, who knows, one of those young players may have their beginnings as a world champion, starting at this centre,” he said.
“Council is grateful to the State Government for this investment in Monash. This announcement, coupled with the Suburban Rail Loop and Airport Rail infrastructure improvements, places Monash in an enviable position as a great place to work, live and play – particularly if you play tennis!”
The new tennis centre will form part of a significant sporting hub, with the Glen Waverley Golf Course, Waverley Women’s Sports Centre Precinct (netball) and softball located nearby.
Council will begin working on an initial design for the site that will be guided by community consultation.
Some of the ideas being considered for the site, and on which Council will be seeking community feedback, include a community hub and plaza, mini-golf course, a children’s playground and off-leash dog park.
The new tennis centre is expected to open in 2024. Local tennis clubs will be offered the opportunity to relocate to the new centre if their current facilities are ageing or need significant improvements.
The new tennis centre will replace the existing tennis centre in Boroondara, which is located on land needed for two crucial interchanges for the North East Link that will connect the M80 to an upgraded Eastern Freeway.
Media enquiries: Joanne Robertson 0418 391 979 or Joanne.Robertson@monash.vic.gov.au