Tamworth Regional Council extraordinary meeting for Tamworth Tennis Club rebate fate

PROMISING SOLUTION: Council's planning director called the rebate a win-win for everyone. Photo: Jamieson Murphy 071016JMA01

PROMISING SOLUTION: Council's planning director called the rebate a win-win for everyone. Photo: Jamieson Murphy 071016JMA01

TAMWORTH Regional Council will hold its first extraordinary meeting in almost three years on Friday, and is expected to discuss the future of Tamworth Tennis Club.

The last time council held an extraordinary meeting was in January 2014.

It is expected to approve a rent rebate for Wests Entertainment Group, who will take control of the tennis club. Wests will only get the rebate if it can show it is upgrading the facility. 

The merger for the clubs stalled when the NSW government increased the rent for the land from $3000 to $15,000 per year. While council is the reserve trust manager of the land, it has no say in rent rates.

Council’s planning director Peter Thompson said the rebate was a win-win. “For example, if Wests spend $50,000 replacing the surface of two courts, council would return about $12,000.”

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