THE Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued pushing the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding to complete the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct project.

Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell sought a funding commitment from Sports Minister, Martin Pakula, of $10million that would see the completion of the project and the delivery of world-class sporting facilities for the entire Sunraysia community.

When completed, the precinct will be home to a six-court indoor stadium, an AFL-standard oval, outdoor netball and volleyball courts, a new café and changerooms, dedicated squash courts, a sports administration hub inside the stadium, additional car parking and a second multipurpose oval.

The Federal Government has contributed $17.5million towards Stage 1 of the project, with the Andrews Labor Government so far only contributing $3million and the Mildura Council ratepayers paying the majority of the rest.

The $10million second and final stage of the project is yet to be funded and Ms Lovell called on the State Government to provide these funds from its $2.7billion Building Works coronavirus response package.

“The Mildura South Sporting Precinct project will not only deliver world-class facilities, but is also creating local jobs with more than 200 jobs created during construction alone,” Ms Lovell said.

“The Government’s Building Works package is supposed to support communities by keeping locals in jobs and stimulating regional economies and this is a perfect opportunity to support the Mildura region.

“In his visit in September last year, the Minister described himself as a “passionate advocate” for this project so he needs to put his money where his mouth is and provide the $10million required to complete it in full.”