VICTORIAN Government money for stage two of Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct has been named as council’s No 1 funding wish when the state’s Budget is handed down this month.

The deferred Budget will be announced in Parliament on November 24, six months later than tradition following limited sittings during the COVID-19 emergency.

Both Mildura Rural City Council and Mildura MP Ali Cupper have put $10 million for stage two top of their Budget wish lists with council saying the Mildura South precinct is its key project for funding.

The prospect of fully funding Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct has been raised again in Parliament by Ms Cupper.

She asked Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence to provide an update on what consultation the Government had done with sporting groups and associations about the project to determine the benefits of it being completed in full.

MSRSP, on the corner of Sixteenth Street and Deakin Avenue, is being constructed in two stages.

The $33 million first stage is well underway and includes an AFL-standard oval, a two-storey main stadium which includes six courts and other amenities, a separate pavilion and car parking.

The first stage has been funded by the Commonwealth Government ($17.5 million), Mildura Rural City Council ($11.3 million), Victorian Government ($3.75 million ) and community and sporting association contributions of $640,000.

Ms Cupper, through her #gameon campaign, is lobbying the Victorian Government to provide $10 million in the Budget to complete stage 2.

“The second stage includes squash courts, a second oval and outdoor beach volleyball courts and it is crucial we get this project completed in full,” Ms Cupper said outside Parliament.

“This precinct will give Mildura a top-quality facility capable of hosting AFL pre-season games, state and national sporting carnivals, NBL and WNBL basketball – the list goes on – which has incredible economic flow-on effects.

“But more than that, it gives us a hub for community sport which will provide health and wellbeing impacts for people of all ages.

“I am urging the Victorian Government to provide the $10 million shortfall in the Budget, which is due to be handed down some time in November.”

A council spokesperson said other priorities council wanted to see funded in the Budget included additional funding to help our community recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and long-awaited funding for Regional Roads Victoria to progress the Benetook Bypass to divert trucks and heavy vehicles away from the Mildura city centre.

Council also wants additional commitments for infrastructure funding and grants programs, particularly funding for major initiatives that deliver jobs growth and economic stimulus, in line with its Mildura Future Ready funding and advocacy strategy