Lockdown continues

Due to Government and Council Restrictions, the courts remain closed unit advised, Fingers Crossed restrictions are lifted this Thursday 10th June 2021.

As a result our Junior Club Championships that have been scheduled to be held tomorrow have been postponed until Sunday the 20th June 2021.
Registrations remain open and are available at

https://www.millparktennisclub.com.au/junior-singles-club-champs/

All registered competitors will also be contacted to advise of the new date.

Thanks for your understanding.

7 Day Lockdown

As per the State Government’s announcement – from midnight tonight Victoria will go in to a 7-day lockdown until 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June.

Direction from Council’s Crisis Management Team is that ALL sporting and community facilities will be closed IMMEDIATELY for all club activity. No sanctioned activity is to proceed until further notice.

Council will continue to assess the ongoing situation and update clubs accordingly in line with Federal and State government announcements.

Thanks and stay safe.

The club will communicate when we are able to reopen.

Book A Court at Mill Park

We are pleased to announce that Book A Court has been installed and activated for use at our Mill Park Venue. This includes the automation of lighting for court bookings.

Access for Court Hire will now be via the gate adjacent to the new courts 5 & 6, by entering your PIN Code into the keypad.

Due to system limitations, there are two separate book a court profiles for Mill Park Tennis Club for each of our venues.
Mill Park Tennis Club – Mill Park Drive
Mill Park Tennis Club – South Morang

The best way to book a court is via our Club Website www.millparktennisclub.com.au and click on the relevant Court Hire Tab
Or
https://www.millparktennisclub.com.au/court-hire-mill-park/
https://www.millparktennisclub.com.au/court-hire-south-morang/

Note: Your personal access PIN code is different for each venue.

If you are using your phone to make court bookings, it might be beneficial to book mark the following Book A Court Websites.

https://play.tennis.com.au/millparktennisclub
https://play.tennis.com.au/MillParkTennisClubSouthMorang

The lock on the main entrance gate is scheduled to be replaced this week and as such the Court Hire Key will no longer be able to be used to gain entry.

Club News

After an extremely challenging year for all of us, we hope you are looking forward to some downtime over the Christmas.

Next year will bring some great developments for the Club, including the re-commencement of competition and the return to our usual member offerings.

Further, we will be commencing work on upgrading the Mill Park courts to the Book A Court system meaning that all members and general public will be able to book court time and access the courts in the same way as we do in South Morang.  Look out for more details in early 2021 for the expected completion date.

As a gesture of goodwill during the COVID-19 restrictions, we extended memberships to all current members, however as at 31 December, this will cease and expired memberships will no longer have access to book court.

New Memberships and Renewals have now been adjusted as set out during the AGM.

Emails have been sent to all members who were waiting to renew their memberships with instructions and a unique link to process the renewal.

For those members who have already renewed memberships before the second lockdown, a separate email has been sent with 3 refund options.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mill Park Tennis Club Committee

Courts to Re-open

Following announcements by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today, limited outdoor tennis coaching and recreational play can return in Metropolitan Melbourne from midnight tonight.
As always, we must await the Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) and local council legal directions before we can provide the Return to Tennis Guidelines.
The club is currently waiting for this information and provide greater detail once it is available. in the mean time, our courts will remain closed for bookings .
Please remain patient as the committee is working to ensure it is safe for all members and guests.

2020 AGM Results

On Monday 7th September 2020, the club held for the first time our AGM in the virtual world via Zoom. Whist this was challenging for both the Committee and Participants alike, it was completed successfully with some great discussion.

There were 29 participants online with an additional 19 Proxy forms submitted. This was great turn out and indicated the level of interest in the running of the Club.

Elections were held for the Committee, with the following Results.

President Bernie Ponton
Vice President Scott Lawrence
Secretary Vacant
Treasurer Stuart Dunn
Membership Secretary Paul Vassallo
General Committee Michael Minus
General Committee Analia Fitzsimmons
General Committee Ryan Schultz
General Committee Hung Do

There are some new faces on the Committee, who will be a welcome addition.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the departing Committee Members, who over the past few years have provided valuable contributions and efforts to ensure the club kept running. Karen Ray, Anne Martin, Leanne Reid and Tanya Light.

Membership Fees

Due to the ongoing restrictions for COVID-19, the decision from the AGM is for the Membership Fees to be calculated when restrictions are lifted, and members have access to the courts.
This will be calculated off a base of last years Membership fees with a calculation applied pro rata for the time the courts were unavailable.

Further Communications from the club will follow once the restrictions are relaxed and the full impact is known.

At this time, the Committee will be also provide options to those members that have previously paid memberships for the 2020/2021 Year.

Special Resolutions

There were 2 special resolutions that were voted on at the AGM.

Special Resolution 1 – Change of Financial Year
Result – Carried in Favour

Special Resolution 2 – Changes to Annual Subscription and Joining Fee
Result – Carried in Favour

Competition Tennis – Status Updates

The following are updates regarding the different competitions that Mill Park Tennis Club compete in.

NEJTA – North Eastern Junior Tennis Association
The NEJTA have advised that the SPRING season of 2020 has been cancelled. The Committee will provide an update once further information is provided regarding the new season.

NENTG – North Eastern Night Tennis Group
The commencement of the NENTG Spring Season 2020 has been postponed in accordance with Vic Gov Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne will be in place from 8th July 2020 for at least six weeks. Further information will be provided as appropriate to the government directives via your nominated NENTG Inc Night representative.
Our Night team Coordinator will provide an update once further information is received.

DVTA – Diamond Valley Tennis Association
No information has been received regarding this competition.

HDTA – Heidelberg District Tennis Association
Our competitions are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Secretary Position Vacancy

Due to the Vacancy left for the Secretary Position, there were several discussions held between the Committee and the position has now been filled by Scott Lawrence.

Wearing of Masks

From Thursday 23 July 2020, if you live within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies. A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. It could be a face mask or shield.
The directions of the Victorian Government state:
  • Participants 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.
  • If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face covering but you must carry one with you. Strenuous exercise can include playing tennis.
  • Coaches must wear a face covering when travelling to and from a venue and while on court unless the face covering impacts on your ability to deliver instructions or if the activity is strenuous. You must have a face covering on you at all times.
  • Members, whilst masks aren’t required during social play, they must be worn before and after you finish playing. Once you step off the court, you must have your mask with you to wear immediately. Please have them in your pocket, ready to wear and not in the car.