“COUNCIL recognises that the tennis club has advocated for an alternate location and has agreed to support their preferred placement,’’ Cr Weston said.
Advice received from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) states that they are not supportive of the location due to native vegetation legislation.
The majority of the precinct is crown land.
Council manages the land on behalf of DELWP, the landowner.
The tennis club leases the complex site directly from DELWP.
“Council has provided the tennis club with written advice that the court location can be changed subject to DELWP approval and meeting native legislation requirements,’’ Cr Weston said.
‘‘Council understands that the tennis club is still in discussion with DELWP regarding the location.’’
The tennis club hosts the annual Easter tournament at the courts which is moving into its 90th year.
Each year it brings more than 500 players to the courts with more than 700 games played during the three-day tournament.
DELWP regional manager land and built environment Adam Melis said DELWP had not received any application or proposal to relocate the courts.
“Any proposal to build tennis courts requires consideration of native vegetation and offsets and will need to go through State and Commonwealth approvals,’’ he said.