Kicking Goals And Making History In Ballarat
HISTORY was made on Saturday when Ballarat hosted its first ever AFL Premiership match between the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide. Last week Premier Daniel Andrews joined Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon at Mars Stadium Ballarat to see first-hand how Ballarat has gone barking mad with Bulldog footy fever and thank the tradies who helped make the stadium a reality. Saturday’s game is the first in a five-year deal brokered by the Andrews Labor Government to bring AFL
“I want to say a special thanks to the architects, builders, to all those tradies who made this possible. This brilliant new precinct will boost jobs, attract visitors and give locals a chance to see their sporting heroes right here in Ballarat. They have shown their skill, their commitment and passion for their local community because more than 80 per cent of the work to deliver this project has gone to local firms, creating local jobs.”
to regional Victoria. It will attract visitors from far and wide – boosting Ballarat’s thriving visitor economy and creating jobs. Mars Stadium is part of the Labor Government’s $38.5 million investment in the Eureka Sports Precinct, which includes $9 million for extra courts at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, $5 million for the Ballarat Showgrounds and $2.5 million for C E Brown Reserve. “We said we’d deliver a world class stadium and bring AFL to Ballarat – and that’s what we’ve done,” Mr Andrews said. “This brilliant new precinct will boost jobs, attract visitors and give locals a chance to see their sporting heroes right here in Ballarat. “This new facility is a great source of pride for those who have worked on it, those who have built this wonderful space and all those who have been involved with this program. “I’m really proud to say our government has provided the funding, together with the City of Ballarat, we’ve worked closely.” Mr Andrews thanked the Western Bulldogs for their support ventured to be not just the Bulldogs for Western Melbourne but Bulldogs for the rest of the State. “This is really a proud day for the people of Ballarat and everybody who has been involved in this project,” he said.
“This is really a proud day for the people of Ballarat and everybody who has been involved in this project,”