Decision delayed on tennis centre

VINCENT council has postponed making a decision on including Robertson Park on a short-list of sites for a new state tennis centre.

The existing centre in Burswood has major subsidence problems that would cost more than $50 million to fix, so Tennis West is considering moving to a new home and wants to add Robertson Park to a short list of four potential sites.

Vincent mayor Emma Cole said it was a “reasonable proposition” to relocate the centre to Robertson Park, but wants residents consulted on the proposal first.

Tennis West CEO Michael Roberts says the organisation wants to stay at Burswood, but would need state government funding to cover some of the hefty redevelopment costs.

He says some areas at the centre had sunk by half a metre, making all but two of the courts unstable.

“The cost involved with piling every structure and tennis court; that’s what we’re weighing up at the moment,” Mr Roberts said.

Vincent council voted to delay making a decision on the issue until February, after Tennis West had consulted with residents.

by SEAN HILL

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