Harrow Netball/Tennis Courts and Lighting Upgrade
- Project typeFacility Upgrade/Construction
- Project value$985,261
The Harrow Recreation Reserve is situated on the Nhill-Harrow Road, Harrow. It is used by the Harrow-Balmoral Football Netball Club, which plays in the Horsham District Football Netball League. The courts are also home to the Harrow Tennis Club with active senior and junior competition teams. The club also runs tennis coaching for juniors and a Hotshots program.
The current facilities at the recreation reserve have reached their end of life and provide unsuitable playing conditions for either sport and don’t meet the required standards for court design and run-offs. The state of the existing netball and tennis courts are not only unsafe, but the upkeep of them is time-consuming for volunteers. Currently, each season the clubs will concrete over the tennis post holes on the court, to make the courts safer for netball. At the end of each netball season, volunteers must then bore out the concrete ready for tennis. The proposed upgrade has new courts that are designed and fitted with compliant cover plates.
The Harrow Community has been seeking support on this project since 2018. A master plan was created in 2018 for the redevelopment works required at the Harrow and District Recreation Reserve. This plan identified that the current court location was the best location for the new courts and the future of the recreation reserve.
The new netball/tennis change room building which was completed in 2020 was constructed with the consideration of future requirements to have new courts and lighting constructed and it was built to allow for correct run-offs from playing areas on the current footprint.
The redevelopment of Harrow Recreation Reserve will involve the demolition and removal of the current non-compliant and unsafe netball and tennis courts, followed by the construction of two new netball courts and three new tennis courts, complete with lighting.
New lighting will support greater flexibility for tennis out of the heat, which has proven very successful in other similar West Wimmera communities.
The courts have been designed to be in line with Netball Victoria and Tennis Victoria standards local competition standards.
The project will also involve the removal and disposal of the existing tennis and netball courts. The area will also need to be cleaned up and landscaped to ensure it is safe for community use.
This project will also construct new fencing, shelter for players and officials and accessible footpaths.
9565 Nhill-Harrow Rd, Harrow 3317 View Map