Over $20,000 will be dished out to sporting clubs in Port Augusta this week as part of the state government’s Active Club Program.
Among the recipients are the Port Augusta Tennis Association who applied for funding to assist with the installation of solar panels.
President of the Port Augusta Tennis Association Michael Rowbottom said the $13,000 will go a long way to improving the facilities.
“We are extremely happy. We were always confident about getting it, we just didn’t know how much it would be – We only recently got lights and I thought we might be being a bit greedy,” Mr Rowbottom laughed.
Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan was on hand to present the certificate of funding.
“It is outstanding to have the Port Augusta Tennis Association doing the work on behalf of all of the clubs simultaneously so that tennis across the board benefits and I think that was a real strength in regard to the application of the lights, and now the solar panels,” Mr van Holst Pellakaan.
The Port Augusta Tennis Association recently installed flood lights and a pin system which allows users to hire and pay for a court online.
Also included in this round of funding were the West Augusta Cricket Club and the Port Augusta Colts Football League who will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.
Mr van Holst Pellekaan said the tennis association’s upgrade not only benefits local tennis players, but also those visiting from out of town.
“There are a lot of tourists travelling around Australia with a racket and tennis shoes in their caravan, so advertising the fact that any one of them — perhaps on a lovely summers evening in Port Augusta — can just come and pay online and play a game of tennis together is fantastic,” he said.
“So it supports the clubs, but it also supports the town more broadly – and anything that encourages more tourism supports businesses and employment across the town too and this is an important piece of that puzzle.”
All sporting clubs are encouraged to apply for this money as there is funding allocated to electorates all around the state.
“Clubs in Port Augusta are not competing against clubs in Adelaide for this money,” he said.
“We know there will be a local benefit, so I encourage all clubs to apply for this funding because we know that some of them will definitely be successful.”