The Watervale Community Centre and Tennis Court upgrade is one step closer to becoming a reality after South Australian Liberal senator Simon Birmingham took extra interest in the project last week.
The project hopes to see the development of a new community centre and upgraded facilities, as well as the restoration and expansion of Watervale’s cracking and uneven tennis courts.
Watervale Community Association member and tennis club president David Long said the estimated cost of the project would be about $874,000.
However, they were now seeking less than half the total cost from the federal government.
Mr Long presented the details of the project to Mr Birmingham during the senator’s visit to Watervale last week.
"This is the kids playground; there isn’t a lot of area at the school so this is important because it's their outdoor facility," Mr Long said.
“In the end, that's what it’s all about (the children).”
The project has already received support from the state government, the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, Watervale Tennis Club and the Watervale Community Association.
In the application made to the Australian government’s Building Better Regions Program, the Watervale Community and Sports Centre and Tennis Court Proposal sought the remaining $334,160 needed.
Mr Birmingham said he would like to see the project “get the big green tick” and he would be doing everything he could to represent the community’s enthusiasm to the right people in parliament.
“I recognise that from these type of projects we do as a government, we do get value for money when we invest in them,” Mr Birmingham said.
He said he was excited about the possibility of seeing the Watervale project finally come to life.