Bold plans to turn a run-down tennis club into a thriving rural community hub are one step closer.
The Coursing Park Tennis Club is a small building and four tennis courts in the middle of a paddock on the outskirts of the Junee shire, but for local farming families it could be so much more.
The club has received a $8437 grant from the Foundation For Regional and Rural Renewal to fix the significant white ant damage in the ceiling to build momentum for later renovations to open up opportunities for the community.
Committee member Lou Beck said the time was right to kick start work on the facility.
"There's so much funding available to rebuild communities at the moment, there's so much drought support and relief out there," she said.
"Government and NGO funding organisations recognise the need for community connection to maintain mental health."
Ms Beck said the club currently hosted a few tennis days a year and hot shots for the juniors, but with much of the Coursing Park community social calendar operating around farming, without adequate club rooms it was difficult to get people together or encourage people to put their hands up to coach.
"When people are free the weather's revolting," she said.
"We really need a very flexible space that can fit in with our calendar.
"There's really nothing else in the community that's available."
Ms Beck said the eventual plan would be to paint the club house, install a new kitchen and new floors to eventually create a space that could host a range of activities including Active Farmers, book clubs, playgroups, grower meetings and mental health events.
She said if Coursing Park had an easily accessible, functional community space, it would both revive old traditions that had fallen away such as the local book club and provide an opportunity to create new ones.
"We actually have quite a number of young families in this district," she said.
"They've got little kids and they want somewhere to go."
Ms Beck said while the committee originally thought they may need to demolish the club house, those who had visited to give them advice had been remarkably positive.
"Even all the tradesmen that have come out to get quotes see the potential," she said.
"They all grew up in these small communities that had these places and they really want to help us."
Ms Beck said the group was appreciative of the Junee Shire Council and community liaison officer Nicholas Pyers who had responded positively to their plans for the facility despite its remote, out-of-town location.