A photo posted on Facebook last month by South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto shows grass and weeds breaking through the courts’ surfaces (Photo: Brett Otto)

April 24, 2023

A community meeting will be held in Kumbia next week to discuss the future use of the local tennis courts.

The courts were re-opened with great fanfare in 2019 after more than $200,000 in grant funding was obtained to restore the complex after storms wrecked infrastructure.

The refurbishment provided a major facelift: the courts were resurfaced and lined, fencing and lighting were repaired, and new nets, posts and umpire’s chairs installed.

A hit-up board and hoops also allowed the courts to be used for basketball and netball practice.

Sadly, photos posted on social media last month by South Burnett mayor Brett Otto shows the courts in disrepair again.

Large cracks have opened around the edges and weeds and grass are poking through holes in the actual court surfaces.

At the time, Mayor Otto suggested repurposing the courts for uses more suitable for the ageing Kumbia community, such as lawn bowls, croquet or mini-golf, but said more conversations would have to be held.

Council has now called a community meeting which will be held from 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 2, at Rykes Service Station in Kumbia.

“Council encourages all residents to attend, to take part in the future planning of the tennis courts and provide feedback,” a spokesperson said.

The original Kumbia Tennis Courts were opened in the 1950s.


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