Overview

Design work is underway on a new $26.7M 18-court public tennis centre in Glen Waverley, with $21 million in funding from the State Government and a $5.77M commitment from Council.

Council will deliver this exciting project on an area zoned Public Park and Recreation that is adjacent to the Glen Waverley Golf Course, and includes the 3.4 hectare golf driving range.

The tennis centre will add another facility to this well-known sporting precinct, which already offers netball, softball and golf. The tennis centre is anticipated to be ready for play by early 2024.

The project will include:

  • 18 tennis courts. Following discussion with tennis clubs, we are proposing there be at least 14 synthetic courts, with up to four hard acrylic courts to allow for a mix of court surfaces
  • A shared-use pavilion with change rooms, public amenities, a kiosk/café, social space and club storage rooms. The pavilion will be for the use of golf and tennis club members and spectators
  • Intersection upgrade and associated traffic improvement works at the corner of Jells and Waverley Roads to reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow
  • Drainage infrastructure improvements to the site to reduce flooding.

The tennis centre is expected to be the new home to a number of local tennis clubs who will have the opportunity to play on state-of-the-art synthetic courts while still retaining the camaraderie and family feel of community tennis.

Background

The existing 23-court tennis centre in Boroondara will close to make way for two crucial interchanges for the North East Link, connecting the M80 to an upgraded Eastern Freeway. Based on Council's significant strategic planning on tennis and golf in our municipality, the North East Link Project (NELP) formally invited Monash to submit a proposal for a new tennis facility at the golf course site. Council's proposal was successful.

What have we done so far?

Since the December 2020 announcement of this project, Council has held a number of information sessions with residents who live in the properties around the driving range site and open space to discuss the siting of the project and to hear their views.

The residents asked Council to investigate some different options on the site rather than the driving range, including whether the tennis centre could be located on a section of the 6th hole of the golf course or the 17th hole.

Council’s City Design team designed 12 options based on feedback from the residents.

Council has undertaken the investigation of various options on the site, and considered several criteria including impact to the environment (flora and fauna), cost, the requirement to redesign sections of the golf course to accommodate the courts, impact to other stakeholders including golfers and future requirements of resident tennis clubs.

Council sought the guidance of its own staff as well as external experts including golf course designers Wellplayed and environment consultants Practical Ecology, to guide this investigation.

Following that investigation, Council has determined a preferred option for the site based on its scoring in the assessment criteria.

A resident also submitted a plan for the 17th hole for consideration and spoke to this at the 1 March community information session. Council committed to assessing this option (9C) against the criteria used for the other 12 options.

You can view the 13 designs in the document library with the ‘traffic light’ summary of the assessments.

Preferred layout

tennis court layout with 50m buffer from residential properties

Layout 7

Site location

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