After Half a Decade Vacant, Frawley’s Site Targeted for Retirement Community

Outside the tennis centre (Photo credit: Google Street View)

The future of Rothwell’s Frawley’s Tennis Centre, abandoned for more than half a decade, hangs in the balance as a $20 million retirement community is proposed for the site.

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Frawley’s Tennis Centre, located on Coman Street South in Rothwell, has sat vacant since 2017 when the last matches were played on its ageing hard and clay courts. Once a hub of athletic activity for the community, neighbours have watched as the empty courts deteriorated over the last six years.

However, that could soon change if plans are approved for a 97-unit independent living facility tailored for seniors. 

Photo credit: Nettleton Tribe

The proposed three-story complex, designed by Nettleton Tribe, would offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments packed with modern amenities.

Photo credit: Nettleton Tribe

The architectural plans show a layout designed to create a welcoming place for residents. Indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and community gathering spaces are central features. The goal is to promote belonging and comfort, acknowledging the unique social and emotional needs of the elderly.

Plans (Photo credit: Nettleton Tribe)

“One of the key objectives of this project is to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere for residents. This will be achieved through attention to architectural design, ensuring that the retirement facility goes beyond providing standard accommodation, and instead becoming a ‘place to call home’ for residents. It seeks to create an environment that promotes a sense of belonging, comfort, and well-being, acknowledging the unique needs of elderly residents,” said planners regarding the proposed facility.

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“The thoughtful incorporation of various apartment sizes caters to individual preferences and needs, allowing residents to choose living spaces that best suit their lifestyles. Simultaneously, the inclusion of communal recreation facilities fosters social interactions, engagement, and a sense of community, all of which contribute to the well-rounded quality of life the retirement facility aims to provide.”


For some Rothwell seniors, it could mean a local option to downsize without losing connection. For others it may offer continuing camaraderie similar to the bygone bustling courts they once occupied. Either way, say planners, the nearly 100 units and 147 parking spaces would bring new life to the long-vacant athletic grounds.

Published 21-November-2023