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Tennis court lease finalised

Published: 4 December 2018

Tennis court lease finalised

Logan City Council has awarded a lease for 12 tennis courts in Beenleigh to Club Beenleigh.

The decision ends a process which started when the previous lease expired in October last year.

On April 24, Council called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) on a new lease for the Alamein Street tennis courts, which have been used by the Beenleigh Tennis Club.

Multiple organisations, including Club Beenleigh and Beenleigh Tennis Club, made submissions ahead of the May 11 deadline.

The outcome of the EOI was presented to Council in June.

In August, Council urged Club Beenleigh and Beenleigh Tennis Club to reach an agreement over the Dauth Park site through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said Council had been advised the two organisations had not been able to reach a sustainable outcome for all parties.

“All parties involved entered negotiations in good faith and with a lot of effort from both sides, however it was time for a decision to be made on the expression of interest submissions,” Cr Dalley said.

“While this is not the outcome I had hoped for, we have gone over and above to bring them both to the table because we wanted to see the best outcome for the kids and members of our city’s tennis community.

“There is no reason these clubs can’t still come to an arrangement following this leasing decision.”

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson said awarding the lease to Club Beenleigh did not preclude Beenleigh Tennis Club from using the courts.

“Council could not let the uncertainty surrounding the lease drag on into another year,” Cr Swenson said.

Councillor Jon Raven, who liaised with both parties during the MoU process, commended both clubs for the time and effort they had invested in trying to find a sustainable compromise.

“In the interests of the kids who love tennis, I hope they’ll be able to get it across the line between themselves,” Cr Raven said.