THE FINAL development in the $800,000 Lancefield Park Renewal project has been completed with the resurfacing and extension of the Lancefield Tennis Club and Lancefield Football Netball Club courts.
Following the Lancefield-Cobaw fire in 2015, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) announced seven key infrastructure projects including sport upgrades and oval resurfacing.
On Wednesday, the resurfacing project was finished, replacing the two existing cracked and uneven asphalt tennis courts with extended and overlapping netball and tennis courts made of plexipave – finalising the seven-part renewal project that commenced in 2016.
Lancefield Park and Recreation Reserve Committee Chairman Syd Green said the previous courts were not suitable for local tennis players.
“There were only tennis courts but tennis players still had to play out of town,” he said.
“It’ll really help young people in sport, we can have our local players really enjoy using their own facilities in both sports.”
Owner of tennis court construction company AS Lodge, Sandy Lodge said he pitched a tender for this final project and was successful, building at Lancefield Park for the second time.
“We’ve worked closely with 2MH who have been consultants in the past and we have previously built the tennis courts for the tennis club”
“There have been lots of changes in compliance laws for netball and tennis, hence the courts had to be extended to be fully compliant with Netball Australia and Tennis Australia.”
Labor member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said following the Lancefield-Cobaw fires it was important that the state government and community came together to ensure this project began.“Lancefield Park is at the heart of the community. These upgrades mean it can continue to be used and enjoyed by all locals for a range of sporting and social events,” she said.
“Lancefield Park is at the heart of the community. These upgrades mean it can continue to be used and enjoyed by all locals for a range of sporting and social events,” she said.