Victorian Nationals kick in $10 million for Mildura Sports Precinct

The Mildura South Regional Sports Precinct project will get a $10 million State contribution if a Liberal Nationals Government is elected this November.

The Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp announced the commitment yesterday during a site visit with stakeholders and The Nationals’ Leader Peter Walsh and Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan.

The State funding would be directed to development of two irrigated playing ovals at the new precinct and would contribute to the pavilion that includes seating, change rooms, officials’ rooms, and multipurpose function spaces.

Under the proposed plans, one oval will meet AFL and cricket event requirements and the other will be a multi-use playing field that can also be configured for rectangular field sports.

Peter Crisp’s commitment complements the $10 million funding commitment announced by The Nationals’ Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad recently.

“With The Nationals in government, we’re going to get a better deal on sports and investment for Mildura,” Mr Crisp said.

“The Nationals know how important local sport is to regional communities and we understand how important this particular project is for Mildura.

“This is going to be an exciting centre that our whole community can use and be proud of, and it’s going to be a great facility for our local sports stars, young and old, for years to come.

Mr Walsh said the sports precinct would provide economic benefits to the region, both during the construction phase and when it is fully operational.

“The business case estimates the precinct will have 200,000 visitations a year and, alongside sports events, it will also be a venue for hosting other major events and community activities,” Mr Walsh said.

“The Nationals believe in backing projects that local communities have identified as priorities and we agree the Sports Precinct will help make  Mildura a great place to live, to visit and to play sport.”

Mr Crisp called on the Andrews Labor Government to recognise the Sports Precinct is a priority project for Mildura and match The Nationals’ $10 million commitment.

“Labor hasn’t given any sort of commitment to Mildura – on this project or on any of our region’s other priorities – and that’s in very stark contrast to myself and Andrew Broad who have now secured $20 million for our community.

“They’ve totally avoided any commitment to the level crossing upgrades that are absolutely critical if we are to return a passenger train to Mildura. Again in contrast, I announced The Nationals’ $80 million commitment for these works in April.”

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