The Point Lonsdale Tennis Club is back on court and ready to serve up some quality facilities this summer and beyond thanks to the recent completion of upgrades to the club’s courts and pavilion.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today visited the club to officially launch the improvements, made possible by a $250,000 investment from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
With over 600 members, the Point Lonsdale Tennis Club is the centre of all-things tennis in Point Lonsdale.
The upgrade saw the club’s two old hard courts replaced with artificial grass. The addition of competition 350 lux LED lighting provides it more opportunity to ramp up junior and senior development programs, training and competition.
The redevelopment and extension of the clubrooms also modernise the facility and provide club members with compliant change, administration and kitchen areas. The installation of a new electronic Book-a-Court system allows the club to open up the venue to more casual and after-hours tennis.
Together the upgrades are a boon for the club which can now expand its programming and play into the night.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2015.
This includes the recent $55 million budget boost towards sports infrastructure investments to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls through the popular Female Friendly Facilities Fund.
With a number of clubs and communities doing it tough over the course of the pandemic, investments like these are helping to stimulate local economies and a welcome return to sport.
Ms Neville acknowledged the Borough of Queenscliffe, the Point Lonsdale Tennis Club and Tennis Australia for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
My congratulations to the club led by President Peter Callahan, I have been pleased to support them in securing state funding for this much needed upgrade.
“The club has been an important part of the Point Lonsdale community since 1931 and now with over 600 members these new facilities that will encourage even more locals take to the courts.
“With Victoria’s roadmap providing a more secure pathway for a return to play, we expect tennis to come back bigger and better than ever in the region.