Rockleigh residents rally after tennis courts listed for disposal
The local progress association still hopes to save an asset the Mid Murray council plans to sell or demolish.
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Rockleigh residents need to band together and save an important facility for their community, the local progress association says.
The association had been finalising a lease with the Mid Murray council so it could fix them up and provide a social outlet for locals.
However, the council threw a spanner into the works earlier this month.
It listed the courts, and the fencing around them, as “assets identified for disposal” in a draft asset management plan.
Assets on the list will be either sold, demolished or relocated if the plan is approved by councillors.
Council CEO Ben Scales said none of those options had yet been locked in.
“Once public consultation has been completed, discussions will occur with relevant parties as required,” he said.
“This will include consideration of any leases that may be in place with impacted assets.
“Council is open to considering any options presented.”
Progress association spokeswomen Barb Pym and Gayl Gogel said it was important that the courts remain for future use.
“We don’t have any meeting place as a community,” Ms Gogel said.
“It’s really important for mental health, for wellbeing, for connection, for safety, for all those things that we do have a place … somewhere we can do some physical activity.”
Rockleigh resident Penny Heighes encouraged everyone in the community to express their thoughts to the council.
“If you care and want to keep the Rockleigh tennis courts, as a resident of Rockleigh, we need you to email the council and tell them so,” she said in a Facebook post.
Residents have until this Friday to provide feedback on the council’s draft plan.
More information: www.mid-murray.sa.gov.au.
Have your say: Fill in the feedback form at www.mid-murray.sa.gov.au, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Chief Executive Officer, Mid Murray Council, PO Box 28, Mannum SA 5238 before 12pm this Friday.
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