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Tennis served up at Mungery Reserve after 60 year break

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Before - Mungery Recreation Reserve Land Manager president Andrew McIntyre on the bare site before it transformed for tennis courts
Before - Mungery Recreation Reserve Land Manager president Andrew McIntyre on the bare site before it transformed for tennis courts

Tennis has returned to Mungery Recreational Reserve south of Narromine with the completion of a $160,500 multipurpose court next to the community hall.

Two new tennis courts have strengthened community ties to the popular reserve which also has a cricket oval and public hall, and is celebrating its centenary.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the courts were funded by the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, which enhances community facilities and recreational spaces across the state.

“Our investment provided jobs for local tradespeople when they were needed most – when the community was feeling the effects of the downturns caused by COVID and the severe impact of the drought,” Mr Anderson said.

After - The new tennis courts under lights
After - The new tennis courts under lights

Tennis had not been played at Mungery Recreational Reserve for about 60 years when clay courts used to operate there.

The new flood-lit multipurpose courts have proved vital in allowing people to socialise and enjoy some recreation after the Narromine area went through two years of drought followed by floods.

People who haven’t played tennis in years are getting active again, and school and childcare groups are also using the facility which is fully-fenced and child-friendly.

Narromine Public School has already held two overnight camps at Mungery Recreational Reserve while using the court for group activities, and children from a mobile childcare group use the court every second Wednesday morning to run around and socialise.

“Crown reserves play a critical role in protecting the environment and supporting communities with everything from green open space, parks and ovals to community halls and Scouts and Girl Guides halls,” Mr Anderson said.