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Labor Kick Starts Next Upgrade Of Geelong’s Kardinia Park

26 April 2017

The Andrews Labor Government will transform Geelong’s Kardinia Park into the best sporting arena in regional Australia by completing its world class redevelopment.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $3.9 million to kick-start planning and design for Stage 5 of the redevelopment of Geelong Football Club’s iconic home.

This new work will take place at the same time as the Labor Government’s Stage 4 development nears completion, delivering a key election commitment. It will be the final chapter in a series of massive upgrades funded by Labor Governments.

Over the past 12 years, Kardinia Park has been upgraded from an ageing footy ground into a truly world class venue, and we want to give it even more power to lure the best of the best to Geelong.

The landmark $90 million Stage 4 redevelopment, including the new Brownlow Stand, will be ready for action when the Cats take on the Western Bulldogs under lights on May 19.

Along with AFL blockbusters, when it comes to hosting the big ticket games, Geelong is kicking goals.

Having recently hosted international cricket for the very first time, locals have been lucky enough to watch the likes of Atletico de Madrid, Melbourne Victory, Super Rugby and Rugby League matches in their own backyard.

These sporting coups and major events mean serious business for Geelong – they strengthen the local economy and give visitors an opportunity to see all this region has to offer.

We have also ensured that the character of this iconic venue can never be compromised, by delivering on our election commitment to establish the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“We’re getting on with the job of turning Kardinia Park into the best sporting stadium in regional Australia.”

“Geelong experienced one of its best summers thanks to a bonanza of major events – this next stage will only make things better by bringing even more superstars and more business to our region.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“This is about jobs and tourism for Geelong – more big-ticket blockbuster events at a completed Kardinia Park will bring fans from all over Australia to spend their tourist dollars in Geelong.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

"This investment will ensure that this great facility is completed, securing not just the home of the Cats but also ensuring we have the best sporting facility in regional Australia that can facilitate more events across the year.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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