Tuckerman tells Council to "get on with" new tennis court development

Tuckerman tells Council to

Hilltops councillor Wendy Tuckerman has called on Hilltops Council to get on with works at the Boorowa Tennis Club after the council was presented with a report on the work at its March meeting.

The council report outlined plans to prevent the new courts from cracking.

"I endorse the report and suggest we get on with it," Cr Tuckerman said.

Designs and specifications for the upgraded tennis facilities have been completed by a specialist tennis court designer with a thick concrete slab installed to allow for soil movement.

"The final design was underpinned by geotechnical investigation, the investigations highlighted that the residual silty clays are high plasticity and highly reactive with linear shrinkage in the range of 13.5 to 14%," council's Infrastructure Director John Osland said.

Mr Osland told the March meeting of Hilltops Council the slab was "at our structural designers recommendation".

"When there is movement the concrete slab will not crack," Mr Osland said.

"If the concrete slab cracks then the surface, the rubberised material cracks, that is why there is a very thick concrete slab there, at our structural designers recommendations.

"The slab and engineered fill specifications were designed to a suitable strength in light of these findings.

"Importantly it should be noted that the rubberised surface is very susceptible to failure as a result of movement or cracking in the concrete base.

"The base has been designed in light of the poor sub-grade to resist cracking.

"This cracking would be the result of differential settlement not the load on the courts," Mr Osland said.

Hilltops Council currently has funding of $350,000 under the Stronger Communities Fund to design and build the new tennis courts at the Boorowa Showgrounds.

The Boorowa Tennis Club was successful in receiving a grant under the Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3 to install LED lighting at the courts.

Hilltops and the Boorowa Tennis Club believe the creation of new Tennis Court facilities will encourage greater community participation in sport as well as provide a new home base for the club.

Due to the current situation with covid-19, the regular tennis competition at Boorowa is off.

As a great two person sport residents are able to continue to play if they keep a good distance.

If anyone would like a free hit they are advised to pick the key up from the Caltex service station.