IT HAS been a long time coming, but redevelopments at Elmore Tennis Club have finally been completed ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The courts have received a massive upgrade with the two existing hard courts being replaced with a plexipave surface compliant with Tennis Australia guidelines.
Players will be able to make full use of the courts for the start of the Tuesday tennis competition today.
The upgrades were expected to have been completed by November 2016 after major works started in May that year under the appointment of a new committee.
However significant rainfall caused flooding to the courts and drainage issues which saw the project completion date extended to August 2017.
The courts were finally opened on Sunday, September 17 at a court redevelopment project and sponsor day held by president Stuart Niven and secretary Leanne Trewick.
At the completion of presentations, Elmore Charity Ball secretary Amanda Carrington, City of Greater Bendigo (COGB) councillor Julie Hoskin and Elmore and District Machinery Field Days representative Max Williams cut the ribbon.
Around 30 people attended the opening which was well represented by COGB, Tennis Victoria participation leader Sue Dundas, Elmore and District Machinery Field Days, Elmore Charity Ball, Elmore Recreation Reserve, Elmore/Lockington/Rochester Community Bank, senior citizens and club members.
It took a lot of perserverance and dedication from committee members to see the project into completion with several major issues encountered along the way.
Niven acknowledged all the sponsors for their contribution towards the project which would not have started without the work of committee members Troy Holmberg and Diane Chandler.
The pair began discussions about upgrading the courts back in February 2013 with the plan to meet with COGB council members.
Chandler was the secretary at the time and played a pivotal role, committing many hours behind the scenes working to secure valuable funding and sponsorship for the redevelopment project.
In July 2015, the COGB gave approval for stage one of the project which has seen the replacement of two courts.