MILDURA Rural City Councillors have given the green light for construction to start on two of the most eagerly awaited major projects in our region – the Powerhouse Precinct and Stage 2 of the Mildura Sporting Precinct (MSP).

Councillors approved tenders for both projects in recent weeks, allowing for about $20 million in works to get under way at both sites in coming months, representing a major boost to the region’s construction sector through use of local contractors.

Mildura-based company King Construction Group was this month awarded the tender to build the second stage of the MSP, along with construction of outdoor netball and lighting.

It followed a decision in late January by Councillors to award the Powerhouse Precinct tender to Indigenous construction company Rork Projects Pty Ltd.

Mildura Mayor Liam Wood said endorsement of both tenders paved the way for exciting progress on two major projects which have been eagerly anticipated by the community.

“The Powerhouse Precinct and the second stage of the Mildura Sporting Precinct are two of our highest profile projects, and for good reason, as they promise to deliver so many benefits to our community,” Cr Wood said.

“The Powerhouse Precinct is the next exciting stage of the transformative riverfront development that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to our region each year, promising to further increase our region’s attraction for visitors and the economic benefits that will flow from that.

“Importantly, it will also further activate our riverfront for the most important people in our region − our local community.

“The Mildura Sporting Precinct meanwhile is already delivering on its potential, attracting major events, increasing growth in indoor sports and providing more opportunities for our community to get active.

“The second stage of the precinct will build on this success by opening the way for even more sports, including squash and outdoor netball, as well as a new multi-use oval under lights.”

Councillor for infrastructure and assets Glenn Milne said endorsement of both tenders would provide a major boost for the region throughout the construction phase.

“In terms of the Mildura Sporting Precinct, King Construction Group is a wholly owned and operated local business, with a track record of working with local trades that boost our local economy,” Cr Milne said.

“Stage one saw over 60 per cent of trade hours undertaken by local contractors, so there will be hundreds, if not thousands of hours of employment required to complete the second stage of the precinct, which will go to local trades, and be spent in our local area.

“I’d also like to congratulate Rork Projects on their successful tender for the Powerhouse Precinct. Rork Projects have demonstrated a commitment to sourcing local contractors, which again means more jobs, more money injected into our local economy throughout construction of the precinct. Rork Projects have also committed to employing two local Indigenous workers during the project.”

Mildura Sporting Precinct
Stage 2 breakdown

Scope of projects: Second multi-use oval with 150lux LED lighting, change rooms, sports administration hub, four indoor squash courts, four outdoor netball courts, four outdoor beach volleyball courts, indoor seating, external seating for both ovals, external shade improvements, blinds for Court Hall One, electronic scoreboard for Oval 1, cricket practice nets and wickets, additional sealed and overflow car parking, parking access around Oval 1, landscaping improvements, perimeter and ticket fencing.

Stage 2 funding of $11.914 million: Victorian Government − $10,000,000, AFL Facilities Program − $250,000, Cricket Australia/Cricket Victoria and Local Sports Infrastructure Funding to deliver remaining cricket scope − $365,490, Sunraysia Volleyball Incorporated − $45,000 and Mildura Rural City Council − $1,253,438.

Outdoor netball courts and lighting funding of $1.110 million: Victorian Government Local Sports Infrastructure Fund − $500,000, Community Contribution − $365,000, (Mildura Netball Association, South Mildura Sporting Club, Sunraysia Football League) and Mildura Rural City Council − $245,763.