Local sports fans have plenty to celebrate with the announcement that the Federal Coalition Government will deliver $10 million for the construction of stage one of the Mildura South Regional Sports Precinct.
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said the $15.9 million project would strengthen the community and create new opportunities for participation and involvement in the town’s sporting culture.
“This is great news for the Mildura community, with the project set to deliver a major new sporting hub including multiple indoor sports courts, spectator seating for 230 people, a café/kiosk area and a 124 space car park,” Mr Broad said.
“Of course a project of this size is also expected to deliver significant short and long-term employment opportunities including 41 jobs during construction and 20 ongoing positions – which will have major flow on benefits for our community.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said
Mr Broad has worked closely with the sporting community and Mildura Rural City Council over the last eight months, advocating to the Parliament for the community project to be supported.
“This is a fantastic outcome for Mildura and the sporting community who are going to see a brand new stadium built for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Broad said
“The project will include new indoor sports courts and seating, indoor change rooms and public amenities, a café and lounge area, a reception area with administration offices, and a 124 space cark park.”
Mildura basketball community is one of many of the sporting and community groups set to benefit from the new sporting precinct.
“The current basketball stadium is on its last legs, we know this, and we want our teams to still come here and enjoy playing, we want to see more local children being active and we want parents and families to want to come along and support them.”
“I remember when my daughter first started playing basketball here several years ago and another parent Andrew Tonkin raised the idea of a new stadium with me, and thanks to the ongoing advocacy of people like him and the basketball community here we are.”
“It is going to be a big project and one that will reshape the sporting community in Mildura with more opportunities for more sports for more people,” Mr Broad said