A Shorten Labor Government will invest $2 million to redevelop the Bendigo Tennis Centre and support the cultivation of future tennis stars in regional Victoria.
Shadow Minister for Sport, Jim Chalmers, and Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, made the announcement today in Bendigo.
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.
Mr Chalmers 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 Mr Chalmers.
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.”
Mr Chalmers 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 only a Shorten Labor Government will ensure it happens.”