Call for court upgrade

Castlemaine West End neighbourhood residents Chris Hosking, Matthew Nicholas, Milla Nicholas and Sascha Nicholas are among many hopeful to see their neighbourhood tennis courts served some dollars for an upgrade. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Through COVID lockdowns it became one of the favoured neighbourhood spots to grab some sanctioned exercise and fresh air.
But with an uneven and heavily cracked surface, and its little kiosk vandalised, the old tennis courts at Castlemaine’s West End Hall precinct are in dire need of an upgrade, locals say.
About 100 of them have added their names to a petition calling on the council to help fund and facilitate an upgrade of the old courts.
Just before Christmas, longtime local Chris Hosking presented the petition to the Mount Alexander Shire Council at its last meeting for 2021.
“It would complete the upgrade of the West End precinct alongside the West End Hall and the playground which has had a significant increase in usage since it was upgraded,” Mr Hosking told the Mail this week.
“I believe an upgrade will also see a significant increase in usage of the courts. Read more in today’s Mail…