Gardens Tennis Club

Gardens Tennis is the largest and one of the most successful community tennis centres in Darwin.

Gardens Tennis Club

Gardens Tennis Club (previously Darwin Tennis Association) has provided a venue for tennis for over four decades.  The Darwin Tennis Association was registered as an Incorporated Association on 1 June 1958, and was granted a Special Purpose Lease (in perpetuity) over the land occupied by the clubhouse, car park and courts, by the Northern Territory Government in 1983.  Gardens Tennis Club continues to hold this lease.
The Gardens Tennis complex is one of the largest and the only community-based tennis facility in Darwin with a very significant current and future role in supporting and growing tennis participation in Darwin and the Northern Territory. The complex is currently operated by Ben McLachlan, the principal of Top End Tennis, who provide a range of tennis related services specified in a contract with Gardens Tennis Club.


The objects of Gardens Tennis Club, set out in the Gardens Tennis Club Constitution 2017, are to:

  1. Encourage, promote and support increased participation in tennis at the Gardens Tennis Centre;
  2. Co-operate and affiliate as necessary with other relevant organisations for the betterment of tennis in the Northern Territory.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of Gardens Tennis Club is to provide innovative, friendly and professional family and community tennis playing, coaching and health and well-being opportunities for players of all ages and all abilities, and to work co-operatively with the Service Provider, Top End Tennis, to meet the following objectives:

  1. To encourage, promote and support increased participation in tennis at the Club in line with the Tennis NT Strategic Plan
  2. To co-operate and affiliate with other relevant organisations, including Tennis NT, for the betterment of tennis in the Northern Territory
  3. In line with the Tennis NT Facilities Strategy, to further develop and promote the Club as a large community facility
  4. To develop and implement a Facilities Master Plan with defined annual items and costs
  5. To increase the programs and services offered to the community, through general tennis, tournaments, school and corporate participation and to enhance junior development
  6. To grow membership
  7. To increase annual sponsorship.

Gardens Tennis Club Committee

Detail of the composition and mechanism of appointment of Committee, its operation and functions and powers are set out in clause 4 “Management” of the Gardens Tennis Club Constitution. Standing orders for the Committee and Working Group Terms of Reference have been established as set out in the documents below:

GTC Committee standing orders

Sponsorship Working Group Terms of Reference

Infrastructure Working Group Terms of Reference

Grants Working Group Terms of Reference

 Committee members 2018-19

President: Charles Webb

Vice President: TBA

Treasurer: Jamie O’Brien

Secretary and Public Officer: Clare Beacham

Committee member: Lindsay Hutley

Committee member: Ruth O’Brien

Committee member: Simone Cameron

Committee member: Alister Lindsay

Summaries of recent Committee Meetings

Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 21st December 2017

Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 5th February 2018

Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 12th March 2018

Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 9th April 2018

Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 14th May 2018

Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 25th June 2018

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 30th July 2018

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 3rd September 2018

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 24th October 2018

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 2nd December 2018

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 7th February 2019

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 11th March 2019

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 8th April 2019

Summary of GTC Committee Meeting 13th May 2019

 Summary of Committee Meeting 17th June 2019

Contacting the Committee:

Members wishing to contact the Committee are requested to e mail the Secretary at

2018 Annual General Meeting

GTC AGM 2018 Agenda

GTC AGM Presidents Report 2018

Treasurer’s Report 2018 AGM

Financial Audit Management Letter 2018

The Full audited financial statement exceed the size limit for the website, but copies were posted at the Club and e mailed to members

Darwin Tennis Association Inc Investigation Report

DRAFT Minutes of 2018 Annual General Meeting

Gardens Tennis Club/DTA Life Members: Horrie Kneebone (dec), John Britton, Thelma Britton

Gardens Tennis Club Patron: The Honourable Sally Thomas, AC

Gardens Tennis Club Policies and Codes

All users of Gardens Tennis Centre are expected to adhere to the following policies:

Gardens Tennis Code of Behaviour

Gardens Tennis Smoke Free Policy

Gardens Tennis Alcohol Management Policy

Gardens Tennis Safe Transport Policy

Gardens Tennis Sponsorship Policy

Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy

Masterplan for Gardens Tennis

Gardens Tennis Club was awarded a Northern Territory Government Department of Sport and Recreation 2015-2016 Facilities and Capital Equipment (FACE) grant of $18,000 to undertake a major facilities master planning exercise for the Gardens Tennis Centre.

The first stage of this master planning project was a geotechnical investigation of the Gardens Tennis Centre site carried out by Cardno Ullman & Nolan. The main findings of the study were that the cracking and distress to court surfaces observed at Gardens Tennis is most likely caused by seasonal moisture change in the subgrade, poor drainage across the court areas and corrosion in aggregates in the pavements. The recommended best option for remediation is to replace and re-profile court surfaces and to renew some or all of the pavements.
The full report on the Cardno Ullman & Nolan investigation is available below:
Report on Cardno Geotechnical Investigation

The findings of the geotechnical study fed into a facilities master planning exercise for Gardens Tennis conducted by SportDev Pty Ltd, one of the premier sports master planners in Australia. Following consideration of comments received from members and other stakeholders on a circulated draft, the Gardens Tennis Facilities Master Plan was finalised and submitted to the Northern Territory Government as part of the acquittal of the 2015-2016 FACE grant
The final plan can be viewed at:

A major task going forward will be the implementation of the Gardens Tennis Facilities Master Plan.

Good Sports Program

We are a Good Sports Level 3 accredited club.

Sporting clubs such as ours play a significant role in the community and have a responsibility to our members and their families. We have chosen to join over 6,500 clubs across Australia taking part in the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program. Through Good Sports we are committed to managing alcohol responsibly and ensuring smoke free areas, which we believe will help us to provide a healthy, safe and family friendly environment.

Through Good Sports we aim to:

  • Eliminate risky drinking in the club through the promotion of a responsible approach to the sale and consumption of alcohol in the club
  • Protect juniors and other young people from the misuse of alcohol in and around the club
  • Provide a responsible smoke-free club environment, through designated smoking areas.

By completing level 3, Gardens Tennis Club  has reached the top of the Good Sports program and aims to continue to maintain  level 3 status, opening up opportunities for more participants, spectators and sponsors, along with a vastly improved environment for children and families.

Speak to our club committee about what being a Good Sports club is all about or visit or