North East Link serves up tennis centre

The Victorian Government is investing $21 million in Victoria’s newest tennis and golf precinct catering for future growth as part of North East Link.

Up to 18 new tennis courts will be built at Glen Waverley with the new precinct also including a new multi-sport pavilion, practice facilities and upgrades to the car park and pedestrian paths.

The new tennis centre, to be delivered by Monash City Council, will have lights on each court and be able to host several tournaments every year.

The facility will deliver benefits for the whole community with meeting and function spaces and internal and external road upgrades to support increased usage. Precinct parking will be expanded to cater for the adjoining Waverley Women’s Sports Centre Precinct and events held in Jells Park.  

This investment is in addition to $68 million of funding to keep local clubs playing throughout the construction of North East Link. The local sports upgrades program includes six brand-new pavilions and major upgrades at 19 sports grounds to support football, cricket, soccer in the northern and eastern suburbs.

North East Link Project worked closely with Tennis Australia, Tennis Victoria, Sport and Recreation Victoria and local councils to select the new site.

Monash City Council will start on plans for an initial design and the locations provides for the opportunity to include other activities including a community plaza, mini-golf course and new practice facilities.

The new tennis centre will replace the existing tennis centre in Boroondara, which is located on land needed for a crucial interchange to connect the North East Link to the Eastern Freeway.

Boroondara Council struck an agreement with the North East Link Project in July to move the tennis centre outside the municipality, ensuring the nearby Freeway Golf Course could retain its 18-holes and preventing further impacts to existing open space in Boroondara.

The new tennis centre is expected to open in mid-2023 with local tennis clubs moving in soon after. The Boroondara Tennis Centre will continue to operate until late 2022.