The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, along with Shadow Minister for Sport, Jim Chalmers, has today announced that Labor will commit $2 million to help fund the redevelopment of the Bendigo Tennis Centre.
“Bendigo and Central Victoria is a huge sporting community,” said Ms Chesters.
“Today I am very proud to stand with Jim and announce this commitment to the Bendigo Tennis Centre Redevelopment Project.”
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. The Redevelopment Project 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. A venue of this quality will really boost Bendigo’s ability to attract those big sporting events,” said Ms Chesters. “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 Project 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.
This project had been fully funded through Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund in 2013, but the incoming Liberal Government decided to axe the funding.
“Despite the disappointment of losing $5.2 million in funding, Bendigo Tennis Association has never stopped fighting for this project. Tennis Australia, the Victorian State Government and the City of Greater Bendigo have all committed funds to get this project completed. This is a fantastic project and Labor wants to see it happen,” said Ms Chesters.
“This was great project 3 years ago and it’s still a great project today. I challenge the Liberal Government to match Labor’s commitment,” Ms Chesters said.