The Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland has raised the rebuild of the Benalla Indoor Rec Centre with the Minister for Sport and the Treasurer, seeking an update on when the project would begin.
Alongside stadium user groups, Ms Cleeland collected over 400 signatures on a petition calling for a rebuild of the stadium, which was tabled in Victorian Parliament by Steph Ryan before the November election.
The Nationals made a commitment to fund the rebuild if elected to government which was subsequently supported by the Victorian Government, thanks to the advocacy of Ms Cleeland.
“It was great to have so many stadium user groups on the same page pushing the need for a rebuild of the facility with increased capacity,” Ms Cleeland said.
“The community drove this project. We don’t want to see anyone missing out on community sport because the resources aren’t there to support them.
“With such a strong petition backing the need for a new stadium it made it difficult for the Victorian Government to look the other way. I appreciate them coming to the table and matching The Nationals’ commitment.”
Ms Cleeland said it was important to keep the project on the radar of the government.
“It’s important this project is kept on the government’s agenda, and we get this rebuild in progress as soon as possible.
“Flood waters ran through the building; the facilities simply can’t cope with the number of participants and the structure is incredibly dated. Benalla’s new stadium can’t come quick enough.”
Once the government provides additional information, Ms Cleeland said she would make it available to the public.
“I’ve asked the Treasurer whether or not funding will be in this year’s budget. I’m hopeful that we can get things underway this year,” Ms Cleeland said.
“I’ve also requested a timeline on the expected completion of the project which is something I hope the Department has provided.
“There’s a lot of passion in the community for this project and I’m so keen to see it come to fruition and provide an update as to when we will see this new stadium built.”