News

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.

Club Championship 2021

The results from today’s open singles club championships were as follows:
A Grade Women – Winner Hannah Reid, Runner Up Julia Ray 4/6 6/2 6/1
A Grade Men – Winner Jake Fasciani, Runner Up Nicholas Chiarello 6/1 6/3
B Grade Women – Winner Jessica Aquilina, Runner Up Alexia Gerostathos 6/3
B Grade Men – Winner Sejad Skopljak, Runner Up Andrew Chan Leung 6/5 (Tiebreak 7-5 )
Thank you to all that played and also to Stuart for running the day

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 Open for Social Tennis and Coaching

The committee has received confirmation from the council that we can open our courts for Social Tennis and Coaching under strict conditions.

These conditions are

  • There is a maximum of 10 people PER FACILITY as a whole at any one time. It is the club’s responsibility to manage this strict number limit to ensure compliance.
  • Pavilions MUST remain closed expect for access to toilet facilities
  • No equipment hire or sharing permitted
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times.

As such the committee has made the decision to open the courts at South Morang via Book A Court from 7:00 am Tuesday 20th October 2020. Limiting all play to singles only

This provides the safeguard of keeping below the maximum 10 people threshold and also maintains a register of the main contact who made the booking for contact tracing purposes.

Our facilities at Mill Park will be used exclusively by our Professional coaches during this time.

During Current COVID-19 restrictions all Bookings must conform to the following as advised from Whittlesea Council.

  • Casual play – singles only – maximum two people per court
  • Using Sanitiser before and after play (provided inside each gate)
  • Tennis equipment must not be shared
  • Details of everyone entering a tennis facility must be registered for tracking purposes
  • Social Distancing is always to be adhered to.
  • No socialising at the courts – arrive, play, go home.

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.

NEJTA Junior Comp Update

“In a press conference yesterday, the State Government announced their ‘Roadmap to Reopening’, a roadmap which outlines the series of steps to get Victoria back to ‘COVID Normal’.
According to that press conference, October 26 2020 is the earliest possible date that we can expect non-contact sports to resume in any capacity. Even if full competition was allowed to begin from that date, it unfortunately does not leave enough time for the NEJTA to be able to host even a half-season of seven games plus finals. As a result, it is with a great sense of disappointment that the NEJTA must announce the cancellation of the Spring 2020 season.
We understand how frustrating this is to our players, spectators and volunteers, but we must adhere to directions issued and it is the Committee’s determination that community safety must be the first priority.
The Committee will continue to monitor the situation and it is our hope that we will be able to host an NEJTA multi-round tournament later in the year if restrictions are lifted enough to allow it and it is safe to do so.’

New COVID-19 Stage 4 Restrictions

Mr Andrews has declared a ‘state of disaster’ that begins at 6pm on the 2nd August 2020, giving authorities sweeping powers, that includes a nightly curfew for Greater Melbourne from 8pm to 5am.

Under the stage 4 rules for Melbourne, “people will be restricted to their suburbs, and only allowed to leave home if absolutely necessary, with a significant boost to policing to enforce the ban on movements. Only one person will be able to leave the home to buy groceries. People cannot travel more than 5km from their residence. Recreational activities will not be allowed – exercise for no more than an hour, close to home, is permissible. No groups bigger than two will be allowed.”

Until we hear from Tennis Vic and or Council, our venues will remain open with the only restriction of closing off court bookings from 7:30pm to 5am, every day of the week.

When the club receives communication from Tennis Vic and or Council, I will communicate updates.