- Funding of $5 million ensures next stage of stadiums redevelopment
- Great news for the local economy and the people of Geelong
- Napthine Government building a better regional Victoria
The Victorian Coalition Government will provide $5 million to the Geelong Football Club to undertake the next stage of the Simonds Stadium redevelopment, including the development of a full business case and detailed design work.
Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine and Sports Minister Damian Drum were at the stadium yesterday to make the announcement.
Dr Napthine said Simonds Stadium was Australia’s leading regional stadium and provided major economic benefits for the Geelong region.
“The Victorian Coalition Government wants to get the ball rolling on the redevelopment of the stadium which will include increased capacity and enhanced community facilities,” Dr Napthine said.
“Future stages of redevelopment could include replacement of the Brownlow, Jennings and Ford stands, as well as the Ablett Terrace and Southern Terrace. There will also be consideration given to constructing new and enhanced community and sporting facilities adjacent to Simonds Stadium.
“The redevelopment will potentially allow for Geelong to host an increased number of national and international events such as T20 Big Bash games, NRL games, A-league games and international-act concerts.
“As well as the great entertainment and excitement these types of events provide, they also generate local jobs and millions of dollars in economic benefits.
“A Deloitte study has found that each additional major event at Simonds Stadium, such as additional AFL games, injected $3 million into the local economy,” Dr Napthine said.
The $5 million in funding will allow the following work to begin immediately:
Investigate and minimise risks posed by construction activity to events;
Appoint a Design Team, including specialist engineers and consultants, to further develop the concept plans into detailed schematic design documentation;
Prepare 3D rendered images and video animations to assist in communicating the redevelopment vision;
Prepare construction tender documentation for market; and
Develop documentation to support future funding requests to the identified funding stakeholders.
Dr Napthine said the $5 million funding follows the Coalition Government's previous investment of $26.5 million in Stage Three of the Simonds Stadium redevelopment. Stage Three included construction of the Players Stand, installation of oval lighting and a new Community Wellness and Education Centre.
Mr Drum noted the positive effect such investments in sport have on the health of the broader community.
“Not only will this be a great economic driver for Geelong, but having world-class sporting facilities and world-class sporting events in Geelong will inspire generations of local children to be involved in sport and pursue healthy and active lifestyles,” Mr Drum said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Deakin Cats Community Centre, which was built with the last round of assistance from the Coalition Government, had already proved a great success.
“The Deakin Cats Community Centre was created to provide community and education programs.
“Since it opened a year ago, the Deakin Cats Community Centre has engaged with more than 16,000 young people from Geelong and the region. Many community