- Dec 7, 2016
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
- Other Teams
- North Ballarat Roosters
Going back and reflecting on some of these posts, your latter point is not actually true. The Liberals actually offered Ballarat a much better package of promises in the 2014 State Election among which was a 50% re-build and expansion of the Ballarat Base Hospital, to relocate VicRoads HQ out of Melbourne and to place 600 public service jobs into the Ballarat CBD, and fully fund the construction of the Ballarat Sports Events Centre. The Libs more modestly promised to install TV Broadcast standard lighting and install a video screen scoreboard as part of a $6 mil package at what was then known as Eureka Stadium. They were not supportive of expansion of the ground without a firm anchor AFL club, which in 2014 the AFL had not yet endorsed.The AFL wouldn't allow that though, and even if they would, it just doesn't make sense. Why spend $50M+ in order to play 2-3 games a year for 10 years (whereupon the AFL takes ownership of docklands and will want every possible game played there).
Ballarat is only workable because the ALP saw it as a way of buying votes in those electorates so offered to throw money at it.
But that's history and the people of Ballarat obviously voted on broader state and not local issues at that time. To date $26.9 million has been spent by state gov to develop Mars Stadium to the level that it will be by December this year (Accounting for the latest upgrades soon to commence). The nearby Ballarat Sports Events Centre has had $30 million (sourced from three levels of gov) spent to build six new indoor courts from scratch and to rebuild and modernise two older courts. The Ballarat Council for their part have spent almost $12 million re-developing several other ovals in the city since 2014 to enable BFNL teams to play on grounds and surfaces that are as good as or better than the best AFL venues.
To give credit where it's due:
- $14.5 million - Ballarat Sports Events Centre (Andrews' State Government)
- $6 million - Ballarat Sports Events Centre (Ballarat City Council)
- $10 million - Ballarat Sports Events Centre (Morrison Federal Government)
- $26.9 million - Mars Stadium (Andrews' State Government)
- $7.1 million - Mars Stadium (Ballarat City Council (Rebuild of stadium oval and compulsory acquisition of North Ballarat Sports Club))
- $11.4 million - Oval rebuild and installation of night lighting at 7 BFNL ovals (Ballarat City Council).
So the final breakdown of spending on major ovals and sports facilities would be:
- State Government - $41.4 million
- Ballarat City Council - $24.5 million
- Federal Government - $10 million.