Launceston’s Regional Tennis Centre is not just drawing the attention of players and fans at the moment.
The venue was included in Labor’s Northern Development Plan announced on Sunday, with Opposition Leader Rebecca White visiting the venue during qualifying for the Launceston Open to pledge $2 million in funding for the development of a new tennis facility.
Ms White said the competition was about more than tennis.
“This event showcases not only the best athletes, but also the best that Launceston has to offer,” she said.
“We know the visitors who travel for these sorts of activities are more inclined to stay longer and spend more money, which generates more economic activity and creates more jobs.”
The Regional Tennis Centre was not the only site earmarked for a revamp in the plan, with Labor also promising to provide $500,000 to activate the waterfront in Beauty Point.
It is the first stage of the party’s proposed $5 million Tamar foreshore beautification project, which aims to “beautify and open river-facing villages along the length of the Tamar River.”
“There is a fantastic waterfront environment here, but it is not very well connected or utilised,” Ms White said.
“There’s activity happening right now with the transition of the university, and the opportunity exists for us to connect all of those precincts right up to the Cataract Gorge.”
Other key points of the Northern Development Plan include investing $3 million into the Smart Cities project, and committing $250,000 to making Launceston a centre for advanced manufacturing and training.