Lawn tennis clubhouse officially opened

Ribbon-cutting: Member for Barker Tony Pasin with tennis participants Archie Bell, Fenix Coull, Patrick Bald, Cain Jarvie, Lucas Juergens, Molly Freaney and Taj Garrett.
Ribbon-cutting: Member for Barker Tony Pasin with tennis participants Archie Bell, Fenix Coull, Patrick Bald, Cain Jarvie, Lucas Juergens, Molly Freaney and Taj Garrett.

THE Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Association's (MBLTA) new clubhouse facility was officially opened on Saturday morning in front of a large crowd.

Local Federal member for Barker Tony Pasin officially opened the new building at a ceremony attended by State member for Hammond Adrian Pederick, Rural City of Murray Bridge Deputy mayor Fred Toogood, Tennis SA representative Hayley Allen and Star Club representative Marc Maddaford.

MBLTA president Graham Buttle thanked the many members of the club for volunteering significant hours while the support of local contractors was also highlighted.

Federal, State and local government were also thanked for the provision of financial grants and assistance from programs such as Star Club and support from the governing body in Tennis SA were also instrumental.

The project received $35,000 for stage three from the Federal Government's Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program.

Mr Pasin said by upgrading and improving the sporting facilities the Government was helping to increase sporting participation and get the local community more active, more often.

"Our government has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport," Mr Pasin said.

"It is a key priority of our government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active."

The upgrade to the club is one of a series of Federal government investments into the Sturt Reserve recreational precinct, including the rowing club, boat ramp and war memorial.

"These project will re-invigorate the Sturt Reserve area, not only for local residents but helping to unlock the tourism potential of the site and improve access to the Murray River, the heart of Murray Bridge," said Mr Pasin.

The association currently provides the opportunity for about 120 juniors and 70 senior players from around the district to enjoy the game of tennis each weekend.