Tennis club upgrade gets govt boost

Sale Tennis Club president Robin Lowe, Minister for Sport John Eren, Wellington Shire Council mayor Carolyn Crossley and Sale Tennis Club committee member Steve Shanahan celebrate the sporting facility upgrade news.

Sale Tennis Club president Robin Lowe, Minister for Sport John Eren, Wellington Shire Council mayor Carolyn Crossley and Sale Tennis Club committee member Steve Shanahan celebrate the sporting facility upgrade news.

SALE Tennis Club will receive $1 million from state government funding package for Latrobe Valley sporting facility upgrades.

The club will use the funding to upgrade 14 of the club's 16 courts, fencing, lighting and clubrooms.

Once the $2.3 million project is complete, the club will have six international standard courts, with sufficient run-off between the playing lines and fencing, and lighting.

Two showcourts, which don't need to be upgraded, are already at international standard.

The club will contribute $500,000 and Tennis Australia $140,000, with the rest coming from Wellington Shire Council.

Club president Robin Lowe said the works would bring more Tennis Victoria events to Sale.

"We'll become one of only four serious clay venues in Victoria. The other three are in the city," he said.

Lowe said the club had been working on the project since 2008, and wouldn't have reached this stage without help from council.

"Without that support you don't get to open many doors," he said.

Lowe hoped to begin work as soon as possible, starting with converting the disused grass courts to en-tout-cas.

In announcing the $85 million package last week, Premier Daniel Andrews and Sport Minister John Eren said it would deliver the best community sporting facilities and create more than 500 jobs.

The package also includes $46 million for a new regional aquatic centre in Traralgon, $17 million to redevelop the Gippsland Indoor Sports Complex in Traralgon, $4 million to upgrade Morwell Recreation Reserve, $1.7 million to upgrade the Latrobe Sports and Entertainment Stadium in Morwell, and $3 million to upgrade the Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe.

It was also announced players from the Collingwood football and netball clubs, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne United and Swimming Australia will become regular visitors to the Latrobe Valley. To support this, the state government will provide $6.9 million over five years to deliver an extensive program of major events and community sporting activities, including bringing elite sports with regular pre-season games, coaching clinics and community carnivals.

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