THE second stage of the Mildura Sporting Precinct depended on a $10 million investment in the 2020-21 Victoria Budget.
The Federal Government had injected $17.5m, the Mildura Rural City Council $11m and the Victoria Government $3.75m towards the $42m project, meaning the extra $10m was crucial.
I kickstarted my #gameon campaign early in 2020 to lobby the government for the investment.
Construction on Stage 1 includes an AFL-standard oval with turf cricket wicket and lights; a six-court indoor stadium with change rooms and other amenities; a standalone pavilion including coaches and timekeepers’ boxes and other amenities; and carparking and expected to be completed by mid-2021.
More than 200 jobs have been created through the construction phase which has been crucial during our current economic climate.
Stage 2 will include outdoor netball courts, a second oval and squash courts.
I toured the site just before Christmas and was blown away. There is no doubt Mildura Sporting Precinct will give our region a first-class sporting facility.
It is extremely exciting to think our region will soon have a facility capable of hosting events such as AFL pre-season games, NBL and WNBL basketball and much more.
But what is just as exciting is speaking to user groups who will call the precinct home. It will become a real hub for sport in the Mildura region which will have all the flow-on effects to health and wellbeing.
MEMBER for Mildura Ali Cupper has written to Victoria’s Minister for Health, Martin Foley, requesting action be taken to plan for the future of Robinvale District Health Services (RDHS).
“In the face of a changing health sector in small and rural communities, RDHS needs support to help plan out its infrastructure needs over the coming ten, twenty and thirty years,” Ms Cupper said.
MEMBER for Mildura Ali Cupper will be looking to ensure her track record in attracting Victorian Government investment will continue in next week’s state budget.
“I’ve spent the last three years in Parliament putting Mildura back on the map after decades of neglect by the major parties, now it’s about capitalising on that momentum,” she said.
MEMBER for Mildura Ali Cupper will be hosting a drop-in consultation in Robinvale on Friday, May 6, to give locals the opportunity to identify and discuss the worst roads in town.
Ms Cupper said road maintenance is an ongoing problem in the Murray Valley and residents have made their frustrations abundantly clear.