15 February 2019
New tennis courts and a national squash centre are some of the exciting new sporting infrastructure projects which will be built on the Gold Coast as part of the Liberal National Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
Carrara based Squash Australia will receive $317,923 to build a national squash centre and Tennis Gold Coast, located in Southport, will receive $149,800 to construct new tennis courts.
Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo helped secure the $460,000 for the local projects and said it will encourage the community to be more active more often.
“The Liberal National Government understands that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports, which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities,’ Mr Ciobo said.
“Our city already attracts large national sporting events, and these upgrades will further cement us as a world class destination so we can host more of these events, boosting our local economy.
“The Gold Coast also has a track record of producing remarkable sports stars, which is why it is so important to provide facilities for locals wishing to have a casual hit of tennis or squash, as well as a platform for those who are pursuing a pathway to elite competition.”
Rising Gold Coast tennis star Kimberly Birrell, who regularly trains at Tennis Gold Coast, said she was thrilled her local courts were receiving a facelift.
“This much needed funding will assist in upgrading the court surfaces and lighting, significantly enhancing this facility,” Ms Birrell said.
“It will go a long way in fostering the next generation of athletes on the Gold Coast.”
Squash Australia CEO Richard Vaughan said the funding will go towards the finishing touches on their facility in Carrara which was part of the Commonwealth Games.
“In 2018 Squash Australia invested around $400,000 in to the relocation of the Commonwealth Games squash courts from Oxenford to Carrara as part of the Squash Legacy project to create a National Squash Centre on the Gold Coast. There remains a number of outstanding items to be completed including flooring, cabling, seating and other items which will complete the centre,” Mr Vaughan said.
“This will also help us cement our reputation internationally as we host five World Squash Championship events over the next four years including the World Doubles, Juniors, Masters and World Annual General Meeting. The first of these will be the World Doubles Championships on June 18th – 22nd which will see the return of Commonwealth Games gold medalists Zac Alexander, Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley to the Gold Coast.”