THE Liberal Nationals Government have pledged to contribute $15.5M in funding that will see the complete redevelopment of the Shepparton Sports Stadium and see it transformed into an elite facility known as the Shepparton Sports and Events Centre if elected this month.
The redevelopment will see the construction of three new basketball/netball multi-use courts, including a show court with a 3,000 seat retractable grandstand, new wet area amenities, administration hub and car park.
It’s estimated the project will support 169 local jobs during construction and generate an additional $12.3M into the local economy upon completion.
This funding is contingent on contributions to the project from the City of Greater Shepparton and the Federal Government.
Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said, “Since inviting Matthew Guy here earlier in the year to inspect the stadium I have made sure the stadium project was a major funding priority for our region.
“This investment in our sporting culture will provide enormous opportunity for local clubs, like our basketball fraternity, to enjoy state of the art facilities, but will also boost our ability to host national and international events across many sporting platforms.
“The economic benefit of this project via visitation, jobs and associated spending will be a huge boost to our region.”
The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz said, “More and more local kids are getting involved in our local sports clubs and these upgrades will help to keep up with the increased demand, in the quality sporting facilities we deserve.
“These upgrades will mean more opportunities to host higher level sporting competitions in Shepparton, attracting people into our town, to our businesses and accommodation providers.”