A NEW $20 million regional tennis centre will be built in Blacktown to help Tennis Australia produce its next generation of stars.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the federal government would provide $9.5 million while the rest would come from Tennis Australia and Blacktown Council.
Mr Albanese made the announcement at Stanhope Gardens Leisure Centre.
Greenway MP Michelle Rowland, Blacktown mayor Len Robinson, Tennis Australia chief executive Steve Wood and Wally Masur, NSW National Tennis Academy coach, were also present.
Mr Albanese said the new centre would be used to host regional and national tennis events.
‘‘The centre will have 32 courts including a show court with seating for about 1000 people and a clubhouse,’’ he said.
‘‘It is expected to cater for some 85,000 visitors every year and will be used to host major events such as Tennis NSW junior tournaments and helping boost the local economy.’’
Ms Rowland said the new centre would have enormous economic benefits for Blacktown and western Sydney.
She said the centre would generate about 55 direct and indirect jobs during construction and six permanent jobs when in operation.
Ms Rowland said funding for the project was included in the budget and work would start early next year.
Mr Wood said the centre would be one of 74 to be built across the country by Tennis Australia.
‘‘It is so far the biggest and the best to be built in NSW,’’ he said.