TWO local community projects on the Camden Haven are continuing to gain momentum as the hard work of dozen of local volunteers begins to pay off.
Kendall Tennis Club's ongoing development is going from strength to strength with the further work soon to be undertaken on the clubhouse.
"For well over ten years now, Wendy Hudson and her dedicated committee at the Kendall Tennis Club have continued to raise funds and undertake significant work at the club which has seen the installation of new tennis courts of championship standard and a new clubhouse," Dr Gillespie said.
"The club's numbers have now grown to 324 members and many local and regional championship events have been held at the complex since the new facilities were opened.
"Today, I'm delighted to announce a $12,000 grant under the Australian Government's Stronger Communities programme towards the clubhouse upgrade including the install of air-conditioning, new equipment and security upgrade."
The $28,000 project will furnish the new clubhouse with a lounge area consisting of a large modular lounge, cabinet, coffee table and large screen TV. The project will also furnish a seating area with five tables and 20 chairs along with display cabinets, championships and officer bearer board.
There will also be a games area with a pool table and table tennis tables. An office area will also be fitted out with a new computer, printer/photocopier and desk chairs. The project will ensure the clubhouse is air conditioned and have a security system.
Kendall Tennis Club presdient, Wendy Hudson, expressed appreciation to Dr Gillespie and the team of volunteers who give countless hours to the club.
"The clubhouse is underway thanks to our volunteers builders Martin Hocking and Mark Fyffe with a slab to be laid in the next few weeks," Wendy said.
"A large number of volunteers hours have gone into this community project and we are grateful to David Gillespie and the government's Stronger Communities programme for their support and recognition of our our project."
As work progresses on the Camden Haven Beach to Beach Riverwalk project, Dr Gillespie also announced $10,000 in funding towards the project.
"There are dozens of local volunteers and suppliers who have put a lot of time, work and effort into building the wide footpath and cycleway that we have seen being constructed to date along the foreshore between North Haven and Dunbogan.
"This funding will help Beach to Beach Riverwalk Committee purchase additional materials to continue on with the job," Dr Gillespie said.
Beach to Beach spokesperson, Andrew McCoubrie said, in physical terms, the funding means another 100m of pathway can be built.
"We will be attributing this funding to a section of pathway east of the Dunbogan reserve, near the horse paddocks," Andrew said.
"I expect that we will look towards constructing this section around June/July. Combined with our own fundraising efforts, we should also now have enough funding to be able to complete two footbridges over river culverts, which will improve safety in two critical black spots along the The Boulevarde."