Chesters calls on Federal Government to fund tennis centre

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has today joined State Labor Government Minister for Sport the Hon John Eren in calling on the Federal Liberal Government to become a funding partner for the redevelopment of the Bendigo Tennis Centre. 

“There is still a funding gap of $2.09million for the redevelopment of the Bendigo Tennis Centre project. I stand with the State Labor Government and the City of Greater Bendigo who are calling for the Federal Government to become a funding partner and commit to funding to this project,” said Ms Chesters.

The City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Tennis Centre have applied for funding through Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions Fund and are waiting for a decision on whether this project will be funded.

“It’s time the Federal Liberal Government finally support this great project as these types of projects mean a lot to our community.

“Prior to the election, Federal Labor made a funding commitment to the project. However, Labor was not able to form Government. Today, I am calling on the new Federal Liberal Government to match Labor’s commitment and to fund their share of this great project,” said Ms Chesters.

The Bendigo Tennis Association is a significant sport and recreation facility in the City of Greater Bendigo and already hosts local, national and international events.

Ms Chesters said the redevelopment will ensure the facility complies with Tennis Australia and International Tennis Federation standards.

“This project will modernise and enhance both playing and spectator facilities to make it one of the premier tennis tournament venues in the nation,” said Ms Chesters.

Ms Chesters said that having a venue of this quality will boost Bendigo’s ability to attract big sporting events.

“Bringing those extra visitors and competitors to Bendigo has huge economic benefits for our local businesses and adds another popular tourism option for the city.

“The redevelopment will also benefit local athletes. Better facilities and more exposure through high quality tournaments will encourage young people into the sport and provide greater opportunity for our champion players to develop locally rather than moving to a capital city,” said Ms Chesters.

Ms Chesters said the project had been fully funded through Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund in 2013, but the incoming Liberal Government axed the funding.

“Despite the disappointment of losing their funding under the Abbott-Turnbull Government, the Bendigo Tennis Association has never stopped fighting for this project.

“Tennis Australia, the Victorian Government and the City of Greater Bendigo have all committed funds towards this project, and it’s time for Federal Liberal Government to do the same.”