Bairnsdale Tennis Club opened four new courts on Sunday at the club in Ligar Street. The courts replace four existing courts at a cost of more than $110,000, all raised from within the club and the wider community, with no grant assistance, from those who believe in the value of sport in developing the individual and community. One of the best players ever to come out of Bairnsdale, Steph Barnett, who is currently between Bairnsdale and the United States with her academic career and tennis, opened the courts on Sunday with Edith Juillerat (Main). Mrs Jullierat, a local lady well known in the 1960s, was a wonderful supporter of local junior tennis players. She would take the juniors all over the state for junior tennis engagements as well as tennis locally.
Tennis club committee member, Michael Crane, ran the opening proceedings in the absence of club president, Craig Radford. Mr Crane welcomed everyone present to the opening of the new courts and went on to say only with the wonderful support of the tennis and wider community and the buy a ball board concept would the fundraising have been so successful. Members of the club have been guarantors of club funds for the successful project, the delivery to the community of four brand new tennis courts. It is an outstanding effort by the tennis community, to have four new courts paid for, Mr Crane concluded. Fundraising chairman, Mark Mason, did an outstanding job guiding his committee down a successful path. Mr Mason paid tribute to his committee for its dedicated work and reminded the club that it has a great community asset and the momentum needed to be continued.