Gardens Tennis Club

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

Darwin Tennis Association

The Darwin Tennis Association (DTA), which trades as Gardens Tennis, has provided a venue for tennis for over four decades. The DTA was registered as an Incorporated Association on 1 June 1958. DTA has a Special Purpose Lease (in perpetuity) over the land occupied by Gardens Tennis clubhouse, car park and courts. This lease was granted to the DTA by the Northern Territory Government in 1983.
The Gardens Tennis complex is the largest and 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 Jordyn Howarth and Ben McLachlan, the principals of Top End Tennis, who provide a range of tennis related services at Gardens Tennis specified in a contract with the DTA.

The objects of the DTA, set out in the  DTA Constitution (DTA 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 DTA 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 increase membership by 10 per cent per annum
  7. To increase annual sponsorship.

DTA Committee membership for 2018
President: Charles Webb
Vice President: Ruth O’Brien
Treasurer: Jamie O’Brien
Secretary: Jane Sheehan
Public Officer: Lindsay Hutley
Committee member: Clare Beacham
Committee member: Luke Black
Committee member: Natalie La Pira

Summaries of recent DTA Committee Meetings
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 7th November 2016
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 11th December 2016
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 30th January 2017
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 6th March 2017
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 10th April 2017
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 5th June 2017
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 10th July 2017
Summary of DTA Committee Meeting 14th August 2017

Contacting the DTA Committee:
Members wishing to contact the Committee are requested to e mail Jane Sheehan at

DTA Annual General Meeting 2017
The most recent DTA Annual General Meeting was held on the 29th November 2017. Documents relating to the AGM are:
DTA AGM Presidents Report 2017
Treasurers Report for 2017 DTA AGM
2017 AGM Draft Minutes

DTA Life Members: Horrie Kneebone (dec), John Britton, Thelma Britton

DTA Patron: The Honourable Sally Thomas, AC

DTA Policies and Codes
All users of Gardens Tennis are expected to adhere to the following policies:
Gardens Tennis Code of Behaviour
Gardens Tennis Smoke Free Policy
Gardens Tennis Sponsorship Policy
Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy


Darwin Tennis Association Inc.
GPO Box 2514
Darwin NT 0801

Masterplan for Gardens Tennis

The Darwin Tennis Association 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 reprofile 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:

Masterplan for Gardens Tennis

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 1 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.

At Level 1, we are committed to:

  • Not selling or consuming alcohol without an appropriate liquor license
  • Training our bar staff in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
  • Responsibly managing smoke free areas in line with our requirement. A copy of the Gardens Tennis Smoke Free Policy is provided below

Gardens Tennis Smoke Free Policy

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