Major upgrades to the Bendigo Tennis Centre are ready just in time for the Bendigo International Pro Tour, giving players better courts and spectators a more comfortable place to enjoy matches.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the tournament shows the centre will enable Bendigo to attract and host major tennis competitions and develop local talent.
“The Centre will provide young players in Bendigo and surrounding regions with state-of-the-art training and competition facilities,” Mr Chester said.
“I want to help build better regions, and supporting tennis is an important part of that in Bendigo because it will attract tourism, and create more jobs.”
Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the centre now has of four International Tennis Federation standard courts and three ‘hot shots’ courts for aspiring juniors.
“A major pavilion built to a standard capable of servicing Australian Ranking Points tournaments has been constructed and a further seven courts have been resurfaced and provided with night lights,” Senator McKenzie said.
“The official opening represents a win for Bendigo in attracting an increasing number of visitors to the town and region, and for efforts to improve Australia’s standing as one of the world’s most competitive tennis nations.”
Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said work on the third and final stage of the project is expected to start construction in early 2018.
“The third stage of the project involves construction of a 400-seat spectator grandstand which is expected to be complete in mid-2018,” Ms Pulford said.
“It is projects like these which make a significant contribution to the longer term growth prospects of regional towns like Bendigo.”
Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo Margaret O’Rourke said the Bendigo Tennis Centre project is very exciting for Greater Bendigo because it will help ensure Bendigo remains a major destination for regional, national and international tennis events.
“These events are important to promote our region and generate significant economic activity,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“The new Centre will provide high quality facilities for our community to enjoy which supports the City’s vision to be the ‘world’s most liveable community’.”
This project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($2.09 million), the Victorian Government ($2.4 million), the Greater Bendigo City Council ($1 million) and Tennis Australia / Bendigo Tennis Association ($600,000).
Source: Australian Government