Cessnock state MP Clayton Barr has served up a financial windfall to the Branxton Tennis Club.
The organisation recently received funding from the 2019 Community Building Partnership Program (CBPP) to the tune of almost $20,000.
And, the local member popped in to congratulate president Justin Priddis on their successful application and view the newly-installed LED lights at the Miller Park facility.
The CBPP, introduced by the Labor government in 2009, has provided assistance to thousands of community groups, sporting clubs and councils across NSW to build, or upgrade, local amenities.
The initiative awards grant funding to invest in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.
“It’s always great to see the money being injected into our region,” Mr Barr said.
“And, even better, to witness that local groups are able to purchase necessary equipment.”
The Branxton Tennis Club Inc was triumphant in securing $18,120 under the CBPP for the purchase and installation of the LED lighting.
“It’s certainly a good outcome for us,” Mr Priddis said.
“We’d like to thank Clayton for his involvement.
“It is the first grant we’ve had a crack at, so it’s nice to get a win.
“The feedback from the players has been fantastic – everyone’s rapt with the lights.
“They’ll also go a long way to assist the club, in regards to lowering electricity costs etc.
“It’s definitely an opportunity to future-proof a Cessnock City Council-owned asset, too.”
Mr Priddis said the tennis complex received plenty of use within the small community.
“At the moment, we’re playing three nights a week,” he explained.
“But, our goal is to increase our courts from two to four.
“That would help with our junior development, along with coaching prospects.
“It will also allow us to offer a lot more formats.
“We currently boast a good membership [here].
“However, Branxton is a growth area, with a number of new estates nearby, so we’d love to build up our junior ranks as well.”
Across the electorate, 21 projects received a total of $300,000 in grant funding under the 2019 Community Building Partnerships Program including Kearsley Community Sporting Association, Mulbring Public School P&C Association, Branxton Greta Little Athletics, Cessnock Minor Rugby League, Abermain-Weston Hawks, Edgeworth Community Pre-school Inc, Weston Masonic Centre, Cessnock City Hornets Football Club and West Wallsend Amateur Soccer Club.