The Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative is an $85 million investment from the Victorian Government to upgrade key local infrastructure and attract major sporting events and programs to the region.
The project aims to build local capacity, reduce disadvantage and barriers to participation, improve health and social outcomes for the area, boost the visitor economy and foster regional pride through major events.
The initiative seeks to build on the region’s existing strength in the sporting field to drive continued growth and develop new links with elite clubs and competitions.
Latrobe City Council and Latrobe Valley Authority are working closely to deliver the program.
A commitment of $73.1 million has been given to upgrade sports infrastructure and build new facilities across the region, with Latrobe City Council taking the lead on project delivery and capital works.
New and upgraded sporting facilities will increase the Latrobe Valley’s capacity to attract and host major events and community programs and improve amenity for local users.
The projects will create about 300 jobs in construction and 275 ongoing operational and support roles, providing beneficial flow on effects for the area.
Seven major sporting infrastructure projects have been allocated funding, they are:
- $57 million Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre
- $19 million Traralgon Sports Stadium, Traralgon
- $9 million Morwell Recreation Reserve
- $1.7 million Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium, Morwell
- $3.5 million Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe
- $1 million Sale Tennis Centre
- $400,000 Traralgon Tennis Centre
There is also $5 million allocated to upgrade nine other local sporting reserves across Latrobe City, Baw Baw and Wellington Shires, they are:
- Traralgon Recreation Reserve
- Glengarry Recreation Reserve
- Ronald Reserve, Morwell East
- Cowwarr Recreation Reserve
- Gormandale Recreation Reserve
- Heyfield Recreation Reserve
- Monash Reserve, Newborough
- Peter Siddle Oval, Morwell
- Willow Grove Recreation Reserve
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