Steve Bracks To Head Victoria’s Greatest Sporting Icon

22 May 2017

Former Victorian Premier the Hon Steve Bracks AC will take over the reins of Melbourne’s most treasured sporting icon – the MCG – and ensure Victoria keeps its reputation as the ultimate sports city.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced Mr Bracks will replace Bob Herbert AM as chair of the MCG Trust on May 24 when Mr Herbert retires from the role after 13 years on the Trust and three years as its chair.

Victoria prides itself on being the sporting and major event capital of Australia – and the MCG is the jewel in the crown of our suite of major sporting stadia.

The MCG Trust plays a key role in ensuring the nation’s largest and most cherished sporting arena continues to shine and attract the world’s greatest sporting champions to Melbourne.

Mr Bracks will continue on as the inaugural chair of the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, which has seen the $90 million Stage 4 redevelopment of Simonds Stadium.

As an avid footy fan, he brings a passion for sport and extensive experience in public life to the prestigious MCG Trust that oversees the future of the stadium and surrounding parklands.

Over 13 years as a Trustee, outgoing chair Mr Herbert has been involved in the redevelopment of the northern stand in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and refurbishments to the Great Southern Stand.

He has also helped lock in the long term future of AFL for our passionate fans, while significantly improving the surrounding Yarra Park and security and safety for spectators.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“Mr Bracks’ leadership, expertise and passion for sport ensures this iconic ground has an exciting future ahead.”

“Mr Bracks has a proven track record of growing Victoria and making our proud state shine on the world stage.”

“I also congratulate Bob Herbert on his long standing and tireless work transforming the MCG into the nation’s home of sport.”

Quotes attributable to the Hon Steve Bracks AC

“I feel privileged to be appointed a trustee of one of our great national assets on behalf of all Victorians. The MCG is an iconic sporting, cultural and big event precinct. I will be doing everything I can do to maintain it as Australia’s greatest stadium and a world class venue.”

“I have also been very proud to establish the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust over the past year and will continue to serve that board.”

Quote attributable to Bob Herbert AM

“It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Victoria on the MCG Trust over the past 14 years. As Chair I have had the support of a team of trustees dedicated to overseeing significant ground enhancements. I congratulate my successor the Hon Steve Bracks.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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