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Labor Commits To Redevelop Skilled Stadium Media Statement - 24th September 2007

Skilled Stadium will receive a $20m boost for a much needed upgrade as a result of a joint partnership

between a Rudd Labor Government and the Victorian Labor Government.

Senator Kate Lundy, Shadow Minister for Sport, Recreation, Health Promotion and Local Government, Darren Cheeseman, Federal Labor Candidate for Corangamite and Richard Marles, Federal Labor Candidate for Corio joined with Victorian Premier John Brumby and State Labor MP’s at Kardinia Park to make the announcement today.

At the joint announcement at Skilled Stadium, Senator Lundy announced that a Rudd Labor Government will contribute $14 million, and Victorian Premier John Brumby announced the State contribution of $6 million.

The funding will:

z Increase the capacity of Ross Drew Stand by 3,500 (increasing overall

capacity of Skilled Stadium to over 30,000); z Improve amenities and accessibility;

z Expand high performance gymnasium - which will also be used by local elite

athletes; and z New administration and corporate facilities.

Labor knows how important it is to work cooperatively with the three spheres of Government to provide the infrastructure that communities need. This is another example of what can be achieved in partnership,” Senator Lundy said.

"This upgrade will ensure that the region can watch live sport and entertainment in a high quality venue”, Richard Marles said."A stadium of national standard in regional Australia is something that the Geelong community can really be proud of."

“In weeks like this week you really see how important the Cats are in our community. This commitment will allow the club membership to continue to grow,” Darren Cheeseman said.

Kevin Rudd Kate Lundy

Darren Cheeseman

Richard Marles

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Also today, Senator Lundy and Darren Cheeseman announced that a Rudd Labor Government will make a contribution of up to $70,000 to South Barwon Football and Netball Club for a much needed lighting upgrade.

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