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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Vic Government to 'top up' new Athletics Centre with 15 mil

Vic Government to 'top up' new Athletics Centre with 15 mil

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$15m for state athletics centre rescue
by Peter Rolfe
Sunday Herald Sun
April 17, 2011

A $15 MILLION rescue package to build a new state athletics centre in Melbourne will be announced by the Baillieu Government today.

The Brumby Government unveiled a plan to build a new home for Victorian athletics in 2008, announcing the 5000-seat State Athletics Centre at Albert Park with an approved $54 million investment to cover construction.

But the Baillieu Government last night accused the previous government of leaving a $15 million black hole that threatened the future of the project.

Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty has been briefed that the former government did not provide extra funding required in the 2010-11 state Budget.

But Mr Delahunty is today expected to announce that the Baillieu Government will make room in next month's State Budget to finish the major project.

"This project is in such a financial mess it needs to be put onto a solid and responsible financial footing," he said.

"As a responsible government, we are taking the necessary steps to resolve this and will provide the necessary funding of $15 million for the construction to continue."

Olympic Park - the traditional home of Victorian athletics - will be ripped up and replaced with an MCG-sized football ground next to Collingwood's headquarters.

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