20 November 2014
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The announcement compliments the existing 16 tennis court project in Stanhope Gardens that Blacktown City Council had developed a Masterplan for.
The injection of funding from the Federal Government will see a $20 million regional centre for tennis developed, attached to the existing Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope.
Featuring 32 courts, including a show court with seating for around 1,000 people, and a clubhouse, the Centre is expected to attract 85,000 visitors each year.
All courts will meet Tennis Australia's Regional Tennis Facility Guidelines and have the capacity to host major events such as Tennis NSW junior tournaments.
"Today's announcement is a tremendous boost for our local and sporting communities and the local economy", said Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Len Robinson.
"We have been working in collaboration with Blacktown Tennis Incorporated, Tennis New South Wales and Tennis Australia for some months to plan and secure a first class facility - a facility that can cater for tournaments, weekly competitions, coaching, and development opportunities as well as casual and social bookings".
"The additional funding announced today will ensure we are able to deliver a facility of this nature and beyond what we had originally planned".
"On behalf of the people of Blacktown City, I thank the Federal Government for their contribution and commitment to sport in western Sydney", Mayor Robinson said.
The Regional Tennis Centre will be adjoined to Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope located on the corner of Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens.
Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope opened in 2003 and features a health and fitness studio, function room, 10 lane 25 metre lap pool, program pool with a moveable floor, toddler splash pools and whirl pool, spa, sauna, steam room, two indoor court stadium and a wave pool. The Dennis Johnson Branch Library is also located on the same premises.
With planning already well advanced, construction of the Regional Tennis Centre is expected to commence early next year.
The article was first published by Blacktown City Council on 16/8/13.