The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has renewed calls for the Andrews Labor Government to contribute funding toward the redevelopment of the Shepparton Sports Stadium.
Greater Shepparton City Council has a vision to redevelop the stadium, which first opened in 1972 as a two-court facility, into a multi-faceted Shepparton Sports and Events Centre.
Speaking in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell said council planned to deliver the project in 3 stages, with Stage 1 costed at $42 million and sought a funding commitment from the Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas of $13 million to help deliver the first stage.
Stage 1 of the project will deliver 3 new multi-purpose courts, a 3000-seat retractable grandstand, new wet area amenities, administration hub and a redesigned carpark. Ms Lovell said that a cost benefit analysis of the project found it would create 235 jobs during construction and the additional events attracted by the new facility would inject an additional $12.3 million into the Greater Shepparton economy each year.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“A completed Shepparton Sports and Events Centre will change the face of sport and entertainment in the Goulburn Valley forever by providing first class facilities to local kids, as well as bring an additional 24,000 visitors into the region every year.
“Now that Greater Shepparton Council has awarded the final design tender for the project, it is time the Andrews State Government stepped up and committed their share of funding to make the Shepparton Sports and Events Centre a reality.”
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