Shining Lights on Port Macquarie Tennis

Media Release


29 July 2014

Joint release with:

David Gillespie

Federal Member for Lyne

Rising tennis stars and after work sloggers can now enjoy a hit well into the evening at Port Macquarie Tennis Club thanks to Federal funding under the Abbott-Truss Government's Community Development Grants programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced the funding during the federal election campaign. Today, just 10 months since the federal election result, the new Coalition Government's $90,000, in addition to Port Macquarie Tennis Club's $34,585, saw the new fencing and lighting at the facility become a reality.

“Our Government is committed to delivering long-term improvements for regional communities across Australia, which is why we are providing $314.2 million toward almost 300 community based projects under the programme,” Mr Truss said.

“We are prioritising community infrastructure in our regions because they are the backbone of our economy and deserve access to first-class facilities.

“That commitment gets an extra boost this year with the start of the Coalition's $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund, which will see funding hit the ground this time next year.”

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie today joined locals to officially turn on the new lights for the first night time matches.

“The Tennis Club will now be able to host night time competitions with its professional grade court lighting,” Dr Gillespie said.

“The old corroded fencing around the courts was also replaced with new fencing around all six courts, ensuring they remain safe as a first class facility for decades.

“The Club is an important hub that supports the social, health and wellbeing the community, and we expect it to be used by over 800 of the Club's tennis enthusiast's each week.”

The Community Development Grants programme funding will support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies.