The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the multi-million dollar upgrade at Bendigo Stadium – the precinct’s flagship venue for national and international indoor sports.
Minister for Sport John Eren today inspected the progress of works made possible by a $5 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Stage One of the development is now almost complete with the 12 new outdoor netball courts supporting Golden City Netball Association’s growing numbers.
The ageing Bendigo Stadium is being upgraded to incorporate three new sports courts, helping to increase the stadium’s capacity to 4,000 spectators.
Bendigo boasts an impressive list of events including Bendigo Spirit WNBL matches, the recent Australian Snooker Goldfields Open and this weekend’s FIVB Women’s International Volleyball World Grand Prix further enhancing the venue’s booming reputation.
The Labor Government has secured an additional $80 million for Victoria’s events war chest, helping regional centres like Bendigo snare even more major events and further growing our state’s $21 billion tourism and events industry.
The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided a $60 million boost for projects to strengthen our reputation as the nation’s sporting capital including the construction of new facilities alongside upgrades across the state.
This includes a further $8 million over four years to continue the popular Country Football and Netball Program, as well as $22 million for a new initiative to build and upgrade indoor sports stadiums.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Sport John Eren
“We’re on track and proud to say Bendigo’s passionate sports community is just months away from having a world-class indoor stadium capable of hosting the best local and international sport and entertainment events.”
“International volleyball games are just the start. More WNBL crunch games, national championships and many more events will head the way of Bendigo when this upgrade is complete.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“Congratulations on all those involved to keep this project on track and ahead of the game. I look forward to seeing a bigger and better Bendigo Stadium when the upgrades are complete.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020