Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that the Bendigo Tennis Centre’s National Stronger Regions Fund grant application has been successful.
"I am excited for Bendigo Tennis. This is a fantastic project that I have championed for many years,” said Ms Chesters.
Ms Chesters said the redevelopment 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 today - finally – the Federal Liberal National Government will now do the same.
“It's great the Federal Government has recognised the importance of this project and agreed to fund the gap of $2.09million for the redevelopment of the Bendigo Tennis Centre project,” said Ms Chesters.
Earlier this year, the City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Tennis Centre applied for funding through Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions Fund and have been waiting anxiously for a decision on whether this project will be funded.
“This project has always been a priority for Labor. Prior to the 2016 election, Federal Labor made a funding commitment to the project. However, Labor was not able to form Government.
"Today, the Federal Liberal National Government has matched Labor’s commitment and will 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.
"I am excited for Leon and the Bendigo Tennis Centre team. It's been a journey to get to this point, with funding commitments being made only to then be cut, but finally today success!” said Ms Chesters.