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Volunteers at Morwell’s only tennis club have received a helping hand from the Federal Government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester visited the club after the Morwell Tennis Club received funding to buy new kitchen equipment for its clubrooms.

“The Morwell Tennis Club was one of 41 local volunteer organisations in Gippsland to share more than $160,000 in Volunteer Grants from the Federal Government,” Mr Chester said.

“This money is a key part of the Australian Government’s support for volunteers who give their time and energy to help build stronger, more cohesive communities.

“Regional communities, including in towns like Morwell, rely on the hard work and generosity of volunteers, but often they find it hard to get the support they need.”

Morwell Tennis Club President Lochlin Wall said the new purchases had replaced a range of hand-me-downs and donations from club members.

“Many of the appliances we had were rundown or broken and our crockery and cutlery had been accumulated over many years. All of it really needed to be replaced,” Mr Wall said.

“We haven’t had enough places to sit for our members attending social functions, including our trivia night, so new folding tables and chairs were a necessity.

“This new equipment really makes our role volunteering for the club and promoting tennis in the Morwell community a little easier.”

Mr Chester said it was important to acknowledge and support the important work of volunteers and their organisations in building stronger communities.

“The energy, expertise and time our volunteers give to our community supports those most in need and represents what Australian communities are all about – giving a helping hand,” Mr Chester said.

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