MILDURA is firming to host an AFL pre-season game in the near future after the Victorian Government yesterday said it was lobbying the game’s top brass.
The revelation came during a site inspection of the first-stage works on the $34 million Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct.
Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Danielle Green said Mildura would “tick a lot of boxes” for hosting major events, including AFL pre-season games, at the new venue.
“My understanding is that the AFL is very interested and I’ll be adding my voice to what a great idea it would be,” said Ms Green, who grew up in Mildura playing netball, basketball and hockey.
A Mildura Rural City Council spokeswoman said it also had a project team “lobbying for some big events to come here”, including AFL matches.
She said the council was in talks to additionally bring National Basketball League, Women’s National Basketball League and elite-level cricket games to the sparkling Mildura South precinct.
The six basketball courts are now in place. The show court – below the first-floor function and social rooms – will have seating for about 500 people.
The first games of basketball in the indoor stadium are expected to tip off once first-stage works are finished midway through this year.
Yesterday, local sub-contractors were toiling away as they laid the turf on the precinct’s premier sporting oval, where the competition-standard lighting towers were put in place just before Christmas.
The cricket centre square is now in place and more than half of the ground was covered in rolls of Santa Ana Couch when Sunraysia Daily visited the site late morning.
With the forecast of extreme heat over the next four days, the sprinklers will be working overtime to make sure the Santa Ana – a fine-leafed, warm-season couch grass – doesn’t suffer heat stress.
A council official said there would a 12-week establishment period for the grass.
Stage 1 of the project is on track to be completed by mid-2021. But the first footy game on the oval won’t be until next year when the SNFL season kicks off.
There will be no permanent grandstands at the main oval. However, the council says the stands will be brought in for major events with a seating capacity up to 20,000.
It is not clear, though, what the COVID capacity would be.
Story and photos courtesy of Sunraysia Daily
$10m boost for MSRSP Stage 2!
We recently welcomed the Victorian Government’s budget commitment today of $10 million to complete Stage 2 of the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct (MSRSP).
Stage 2 of the MSRSP comprises:
Sports Hub Administration
Squash Courts with Umpire Viewing
Second Oval with associated Change Rooms and amenity
Sealed car park expansion
Project Construction Progress
The images below demonstrate progress at the site.
The above showcases the entire precinct, with roofing of the main indoor stadium near completion.
The installation of stadium flooring is expected to commence in December.
The below provides a view of the main oval looking over the stadium, with the floor of the upstairs Social Room in the foreground.
The pavilion/canteen/change rooms for outdoor sports is shown on the left, which is currently being finalised ready for fit out.
Sub surface infrastructure has been completed for the cricket pitch table. Two light towers are also shown, which will be erected by December.
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The above image is the view from Sixteenth Street,
with the preparation of ground works and irrigation
infrastructure for the multi-purpose play space, landscaping
and drainage basin in the foreground.
The below image shows delivery of the topsoil profile
which has commenced in readiness for spreading and
preparation for sprigging of grass due to be completed
by the end of December.
A program is being developed to enable a tour of the
site for representatives of tenant groups on Monday 21
There will be minimal work activity at the site, allowing
groups to see the enormity of the project and see the
progress of the various components within this exiting
An invitation will be sent shortly for groups to attend a
30-minute tour, which will be led by staff.
Detailed design work has commenced for the
additional netball courts and cricket facilities which
recently received funding.
Council is currently considering tenders for an
electronic booking system which will enable hirers to
view and book facilities online in this precinct, and at
other Council recreation venues.
A staffing structure has been developed, with
recruitment of key staff to commence in the New Year.
Staff from relevant teams across Council are planning
for the maintenance requirements in preparation for
operations of the buildings, outdoor sporting facilities
Council will be seeking a commercial operator for the
café, with information being developed to progress
Recreation Development Coordinator
(03) 5018 8317
Operations Development Coordinator (MSRSP)
(03) 5018 8248
MSRSP Project Officer
(03) 5018 8418
Or visit www.mildura.vic.gov.au/MSRSP