Heavy machinery demolishing a tennis court and clubhouse.
DEMOLITION DONE: Contractors have been onsite at the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre in recent weeks removing tennis court surfaces and internal fences and demolishing the clubhouse.

Projects & Works

Jim Elphick Tennis Centre redevelopment starts with demolition

Published: 25 Jan 2024 9:49am

The redevelopment of the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre at Bolton Park has started, with contractors onsite undertaking demolition in recent weeks.

So far, the surfaces of the existing tennis courts have been removed, internal fences have been dismantled and the clubhouse building demolished.

The redevelopment of the facility is in partnership with Tennis NSW and will see it transformed into a nationally significant tennis venue.

The project involves the demolition of the existing tennis clubhouse and its surrounding courts, followed by the construction of a new facility that will include eight International Tennis Federation (ITF) championship hard courts, two warm-up courts, five community courts, two multi-purpose netball courts and new clubrooms.

Wagga Wagga City Council went out to tender for the demolition, design and construct of the facility in September 2023.

The tenders received needed further discussion with each contractor, therefore at its Ordinary Meeting on Monday 20 November, Council resolved to decline all tenders and authorised the General Manager to negotiate with the existing tenders until a satisfactory outcome was achieved.

Director Strategy & Projects Phil McMurray said the reasoning behind the negotiations revolved around the complexity of the project.

“Tenders were required to put forward the design and construction methodology. The negotiation phase allowed us to confirm all those details before we entered into a contract,” Mr McMurray said.

“We are pleased a tender was chosen and the demolition of the building and surrounding courts has commenced.

“The demolition of the existing facilities has been undertaken by a local contractor who have done a fantastic job; they will be finished in the coming weeks and the building contractor will come on site to commence construction.”

Heavy machinery demolishing a tennis court and clubhouse.
EARTHWORKS: Local contractors have been demolishing the tennis centre and are expected to finish in the coming weeks.

It is expected the redevelopment of the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre will be completed by the end of 2024 as originally planned.

The project is stage one of the activation of the Bolton Park Sports Hub, aiming to upgrade the precinct and boost Wagga Wagga’s reputation for quality sporting facilities.

Funding for the project includes a NSW Government’s Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund grant of $5 million, a Tennis NSW Contribution of $1.25 million and a contribution from Wagga Wagga City Council of $2.9 million.

For more information visit the project page on Have Your Say Wagga Wagga