The new $5.2 million Cairns Regional Tennis Centre is on track for completion this year.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves today inspected the centre following the Bligh Government’s recent community cabinet in Far North Queensland.

“It’s exciting to see the new centre coming along,” Mr Reeves said.

“Far North Queensland will benefit from the Bligh Government’s investment of nearly $2 million that will help bring this project to life.

“We invest in facilities like these because they are good for jobs, good for tourism and great for the Cairns economy.”

In addition to a new two-storey clubhouse and new courts, the centre will be fully landscaped with floodlights, and there will be space for temporary grandstands.

State Member for Cairns Desley Boyle said she was excited the project was starting to take shape.

“An international standard hard court will mean that Cairns can cater for our sporting elite as well as up-and-coming athletes,” Ms Boyle said.

“This is a great opportunity to attract a major annual event that will appeal not only to locals but will also be a tourism drawcard.

“We might even be able to attract one or more of the big names of international tennis.”

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today joined Minister Reeves in inspecting the site and said the centre will be well used.

“This is a major boost for Far North Queenslanders,” Mr Pitt said.

“Tennis has a wide appeal, and this facility is about investing in our region’s junior talent.

“You never know, the next major Australian tennis star player could start playing right here on the new courts in Cairns.”

Mr Reeves hoped the centre would encourage more people to get off their couch and get active.

“The Bligh Government gets behind sport and recreation facilities like this, because we want to see Queenslander’s become Australia’s healthiest people.”

Mr Reeves said Tennis Queensland and the Cairns Regional Council had also provided funding for the centre.

“It’s great to see other organisations support the Bligh Government’s Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative, by helping to reduce obesity levels by one-third by 2020.”