Season starts without courts

SAD START: Delays in the completion of Cororooke’s new tennis courts have left teams without a home base for the start of the season.

SAD START: Delays in the completion of Cororooke’s new tennis courts have left teams without a home base for the start of the season.

A delay with the construction of four new tennis courts at Cororooke will leave the town’s tennis club without a home court for the start of the season.

Colac Otway Shire Council has blamed a State Government requirement to complete an environmental assessment at the site for the delay.

The four new courts are set to be the centrepiece of a new open space at the former Fonterra site which the dairy processor donated to the community in 2014.

The council told the Colac Herald in May that the courts should be ready to use by the end of June, in time for the start of the Polwarth District Tennis Association’s season tomorrow.

Acting chief executive officer Mark Lyons said Fonterra had previously completed an assessment on the site, but as the final part of the rezoning process at the site the government requested an environmental site assessment.

“Because the seal hasn’t yet been applied to the tennis courts, we can carry out testing beneath the courts without causing damage to the area,” Mr Lyons said.

“Unfortunately, it can take up to three months for the assessment results to be returned so it will mean the new courts won’t be ready for the start of the tennis season,” he said.

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