THE majority of work on Stage One of the $38 million Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct is being done by local workers.

Up to the end of June, more than 70 per cent of the work hours required to construct the sporting precinct, had been completed by local tradespeople. For August 81.5 per cent of work hours were undertaken by local contractors.

A key plank in the Mildura Future Ready strategy, the massive infrastructure project has been the subject of an ongoing campaign to have the Victorian State Government tip-in the additional $10 million required to complete all stages to full specification.

The sporting precinct will for the first time, provide a central home for a number of indoor sporting user groups in the district as well as a premier sporting oval capable of hosting AFL and state cricket competitions.

It’s estimated that these groups will generate the equivalent of 200,000 venue visitations each year.

Examination of the business case for the facility, indicates that it will provide a venue for a variety of valuable major events, including concerts, and regional and
national sporting events, making the economic case for this project very strong.

It will also accommodate the need for community open space and passive leisure activities in the Mildura South area – one of the district’s main residential growth corridors. The precinct will include a café to cater for users of the sporting facilities and local residents.

Construction of the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct commenced in late 2019.

Early this year, contractors completed demolition and site preparation works. Civil works, including footing excavation and the installation of inground services began in April. Work on the site’s premier outdoor sporting oval also commenced.

In May, erection of the steel framework for the main stadium commenced and in June work on the pavilion, coaches box and outdoor changerooms got underway, and concrete works at the main stadium were completed.

By July, works had progressed to include full erection of steel structures for the stadium court hall and structural work for the foyer and the pavilion for outdoor sports.

Pre-cast panel installation and block work for walls had also commenced, as had car park form work and curbing.

In August the main hall concrete pours to the first floor of the stadium were completed, as were the stadium and pavilion roofing.

Installation of car park asphalt also commenced, as did the installation of the in-ground services to the premier sporting oval.

External wall cladding to the stadium and window installation also commenced.

The funding for the project is made up from the contributions including $17.5 million from the Australian Government Building Better Regions funding (two grants), $11.1 million from Mildura Rural City Council, $192,812 from Integrated Capital Works, $3 million from Victorian Government Better Indoor Stadiums funding, $750,000 from the Victorian Government Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, $275,000 from Cricket Australia/Cricket Victoria partnership.

There is also a $365,000 community contribution from Mildura Netball Association, South Mildura Sporting Club and Sunraysia Football Netball League.