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Serving up cheaper power bills at local tennis clubs

Hundreds of tennis clubs right across the state will have access to more renewable energy and cheaper bills under the Liberals and Nationals’ plan to deliver solar panels and LED lighting upgrades at local courts.

Like many other local sporting clubs, running costs for tennis clubs are rising significantly, even for basic day-to-day operations.

At least 400 of Tennis Victoria’s clubs will benefit from the plan, with LED lights to light-up almost 5,000 courts across metropolitan and regional areas. Currently up to 1,400 courts rely on non-LED lighting.

Not only will our $20 million plan deliver a positive environmental impact, upgrades to lighting will mean the clubs can put the savings from a lower energy consumption towards further upgrades and focusing on growing their junior ranks.

By making it cheaper and simpler for local clubs to access and install solar panels and upgrade to LED lighting, a Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will support nearly half a million tennis players across hundreds of local tennis courts.

Leader of the Liberal Party, Matt Guy, said when it comes to reducing emissions, every little bit helps.

“Taking real action to lower emissions often begins at local level,” Mr Guy said.

“Making it cheaper for grassroots sports clubs to access renewable energy options is part of our plan to deliver a 50 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030.”

Shadow Minister for Sport, Cindy McLeish, said the plan would support local tennis clubs to host more competitions.

“Tennis is often seen as a Saturday sport, but by delivering efficient, modern lighting, this opens up the possibility of practising and playing at night too,” Ms McLeish said.

“Aside from doing all we can to encourage more Victorians to play sport and keep active, we also must support local clubs into the future by upgrading their facilities.”

Matt Guy MP Cindy McLeish MP

Leader of the Liberal Party Shadow Minister for Sport

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