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Eyes to future with keyless court access
Cooper, 3, and Charlotte Holland, 4, at the Queanbeyan Tennis Club.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club has
been lobbed into the 21st century with
the installation of a digital access gate.
The move follows the closure of the
bowling club next door, where tennis
players would pay for the use of the
tennis courts and gain the key for
The change is one of many seen
during the tennis club's 110 years.
When tennis first began in
Queanbeyan, the ant-bed courts
needed to be watered, pressed down
and re-marked before the start of each
In 1987, the ant-bed was replaced
with a carpet-style surface, and three
years ago the surface was replaced
with the two-tone used today.
At the height of its popularity,
Queanbeyan was said to have more
than 50 courts and players vied for the
Freebody Gold Cup, one of Australia's
most valuable trophies.
Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club
president Andrew Schmocker said the
digital access point was one way of
trying to recoup those lost members
and ensure the club does not fold.
"Over the years, the level of
membership has slowly declined," he
"Ten years ago was where it sort of
bottomed out, we've been at roughly
100 members for the last six or seven
Slowly it is picking back up, we're
at about 140 members at the moment."
Schmocker puts the increase in
members down to professional juniors
coach Bronwyn Kitchener.
Shane Holland's three young
children, Liana, 5, Charlotte, 4, and
Cooper, 3, are all actively involved in
the juniors' program.
As a child, he loved playing tennis
and wants to pass that on to his
"Too many kids are into the inside
stuff, so being active -- tennis -- is
Good for hand-eye co-ordination,
and just to get out and have a go," Mr
He believes the new keyless access
will be a success. "With kids, it is just
so convenient because you can punch
in your number and gain access
straight away . . . at any time you can
come down and you don't have to
think about getting a key,'' he said.
SPIRIT OF GIVING
Need to hit the
Member for Monaro
As the sales have wound up and
parents begin preparing for the fast
approaching school year, it's a perfect
opportunity to reflect on the end of
December was a busy and festive
month for the Monaro with many
people rushing around trying to fit
Christmas preparations in between
Christmas parties, school formals and
school presentation ceremonies.
Last year I was given the privilege
of being invited to speak at many of
our primary and secondary schools'
presentations and awards ceremonies.
This year was even more special
because some of our outstanding
teachers in Monaro were recognised
with the Member for Monaro
Excellence in Teaching Award. This is
awarded to teachers who have gone
above and beyond what is expected of
This holiday season I witnessed
how generous our community is. My
office was used to collect gifts and
food for the Queanbeyan Special
Needs Group and Home in
Queanbeyan. I was amazed by the
overwhelming positive response.
In December I had the pleasure of
attending the 50th anniversary of new
Jindabyne, celebrating the years from
the flooding of the old town with the
completion of Jindabyne Dam as part
of the Snowy Hydro scheme. The
birthday celebrations were kicked off
by NSW Governor David Hurley.
The celebrations went over the
weekend with thousands of attendees
and a parade through the streets of
I'm excited about hitting the ground
running in 2015 and look forward to
continuing my work as Monaro MP.
OPEN TO COMMENT
Key themes and issues have been
identified in a new healthcare plan
recently released for public comment.
The Queanbeyan Health Service
plan looks at issues expected to be
faced over the coming five years and
the best ways to address these.
Key themes in the NSW
government plan include working with
the ACT to ensure health services are
Public comment will be accepted
until February 8. Email to snswlhd.
by post to Karla Calleja, Mandala
House, Bourke Street Health Service,
PO Box 274, Goulburn NSW 2580.
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Member for Eden-Monaro
Our multicultural experiment envy of world
Australia Day is for all Australians --
ancient, old, and new.
As we prepare to celebrate Australia
Day, I think it is timely to reflect on the
nature of modern Australia.
Recently, the Australian Parliament
welcomed UK Prime Minister David
Cameron to our shores.
I mention this because on that
occasion Prime Minister Tony Abbott
reflected on the nature of our nation.
"Modern Australia has an
Aboriginal heritage, a British
foundation, and a multicultural
character," he said.
I think these three characteristics
reflect that nature very well.
The land we call home is very old.
The cultural and spiritual linkages
with the Ngarigo, Walgulu,
Ngunngawal and other traditional
custodians go back many thousands of
The area remains culturally and
spiritually significant. Thankfully,
traditional knowledge and cultural
practices still exist today.
The 1820s saw the arrival of
European settlers to the region and the
township of Queanbeyan was
officially proclaimed in 1838.
Newspaperman John Gale was
instrumental in securing the site of
Canberra as the nation's capital.
The discovery of gold, the promise
of new opportunity, and projects like
the Snowy Hydro scheme brought
people from all over the world to our
The scheme employed some
100,000 people over three decades.
Two thirds of the workers were
They came from 30 different
countries and included Norwegians,
Germans, Italians, Poles, New
Zealanders and Americans.
They built something truly
remarkable -- an engineering wonder
of the world.
Many went home or moved on, but
a great many stayed.
They are part of our great
multicultural experiment that is the
envy of the world. They became our
teachers and technicians, our builders
and barristers, our mechanics and
musicians. They became our
neighbours and our community
leaders -- they became us.
The story of our region reflects the
nature of modern Australia --
Aboriginal in heritage, British in
foundation, and multicultural in
character -- and it is something we
It illustrates what is best about
It reminds us why our country is still
the lucky country and why we --
Australians all ancient, old and new --
are some of the luckiest people on
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