New courts for Briagolong

Briagolong Tennis Club committee member Gordon Condon and Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull on the courts, which have low spots on the uneven surface that fill with water every time it rains, affecting participation.

THE tennis and netball courts at Briagolong Recreation Reserve will be completely rebuilt as part of a $571,000 project.
Contributions from Wellington Shire Council ($281,000), state government ($250,000) and Briagolong Tennis Club (40,000) will bring the project to fruition.
Briagolong Tennis Club committee member Gerard Condon said he was pleased the tennis courts would be brought up to scratch in a development which would also lead to a new netball playing surface.
“As we see every time, we get some rain, there are many low
spots in what is generally an uneven surface and we also have
roots from trees now impacting on the surface, so we will move
the footprint of the new courts to remedy that,” he said.
Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said participation in junior sport brought many benefits.
“It puts kids around good role models, teaches them about
winning humbly and losing graciously and really is a great crash course in life,” he said.
“In sport not everything goes your way and that is the case with life in general, so the benefits to our youth are enormous, as is the social element for both juniors and seniors,” he said.
Wellington Shire mayor Garry Stephens said council was thrilled to partner with the government and club to upgrade the tired tennis courts at Briagolong.
“We recently completed a redevelopment of the club rooms at the recreation reserve and the new tennis courts will complement that project, especially since so many children and adults in Briagolong seem to love their tennis,” he said.