Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese today officially opened the Grafton Tennis Centre’s seven new ‘True Blue’ courts, upgraded with the help of nearly $400,000 from the Gillard Labor Government.
The original clay courts have been upgraded to the standard of courts found in major capital cities.
Mr Albanese was at the official opening with Page MP Janelle Saffin and the Mayor of Clarence Valley Council Cr Richie Williamson.
“This upgrade puts Grafton’s tennis centre on the map. It will make it easier for the North Coast to attract top players for major regional, state and national events,” said Mr Albanese.
“That means more tourists and visitors to the region and a boost for local jobs and the North Coast economy.
“The upgrade project alone supported 35 jobs during construction, and will mean three direct, ongoing jobs here.
“More than that, the Tennis Centre upgrade gives the community and local tennis players of all ages and skill levels access to high quality sporting infrastructure.”
Ms Saffin said that the Grafton Tennis Centre had been vital in supporting the development of tennis nationally.
“We’ve had Samantha Stosur, the reigning US Open champion, compete right here in the North coast tennis Open in the past. This upgrade will make sure that Grafton can keep building on its proud record and reputation,” said Ms Saffin.
“I am especially pleased that Grafton and North Coast community will have a fantastic facility right here for healthy sport and recreation activities.”
Mr Albanese said the Government had committed more than $20 million for North Coast community and sporting infrastructure.
“In fact, we’re working with state and local governments to support jobs and deliver infrastructure for communities right across the region and the nation,” he concluded.