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Monday, 12 February 2018

Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Racing Paul Toole have surprised the Jerrabomberra Tennis Club with $150,000 for construction of three new Hot Shot courts.

Mr Barilaro said the new courts will enable the club to expand its range of programs, particularly for children.

“Hot Shots courts are a great way to get children involved in the sport and are part of Tennis Australia’s official development program for children,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Small racquets, small courts and low compression balls make learning tennis fun and easy.

“I’m delighted the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has been able to fund these new courts, which will be a great addition to the club’s current facilities.

“Through two different streams of funding, we secured $150,000 for this worthy project, which will encourage youth participation in tennis for years to come.”

Mr Toole said the project is partly funded by the NSW Clubgrants category 3 infrastructure program, and is one of 26 in the latest round.

“Over $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.

“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.

“The NSW Government is excited to provide this funding to the Jerrabomberra Tennis Club to help the club’s youngest tennis enthusiasts to experience, learn and enjoy the sport.

Jerrabomberra Tennis Club President John Talbot welcomed the funding for the club.

“I was speechless at this surprise. It was a great way to find out we had been successful in receiving this funding. Thanks to our local member John Barilaro, our young kids who will be able to learn with the right equipment on the right courts,” Mr Talbot said.

“This funding will do wonders for our club and we are all looking forward to construction commencing on these new hot shots courts.”