An Andrews Labor Government will make St Kilda’s iconic Junction Oval the new home of Victorian Cricket with a major redevelopment.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews joined Victorians Aaron Finch and Meg Lanning, captains of Australia’s Twenty20 teams, at Junction Oval to make the historic announcement.

With Labor’s $25 million investment, Junction Oval will stand side-by-side with the Melbourne Cricket Ground as a first class cricket facility, capable of hosting Sheffield Shield matches and international events.

An additional first class venue in Victoria will enhance the state’s ability to attract and bid for major events, such as extra matches during an ICC World Twenty20 held in Australia.

Under Labor’s plan, Cricket Victoria’s administrative, development and training functions will be consolidated in the one space – the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre. It will also house the National Centre for Diversity through Cricket, to promote social inclusion.

At Junction Oval, Labor will also build women’s facilities, a high performance training centre and medical and rehabilitation facilities. The new venue will have a capacity of up to 7,000.

The local community will share the facility and will also benefit from the relocation of the proposed tram super stop on Fitzroy St. Labor will work with the community, Council and traders on the precise site for the tram super stop.

Labor will also fund community clubs and facilities across the state. Our $10 million plan will upgrade buildings, grounds and training facilities, develop master plans, and fund equipment, shade and support.

Denis Napthine and the Liberals cut funding to community sport and have done nothing to fix the scheduling tug-of-war between AFL and cricket at the MCG. Labor’s plan will solve the problem permanently.

Cricket participation in Victoria has grown 56 per cent since 2006, and entry-level participation has quadrupled. 51,000 girls and women now play the sport. International cricket contributes $70 million to Victoria’s economy.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“Labor will give Victorian cricket the permanent home it deserves, with state-of-the-art facilities to find, house and train the next Australian legend – man or woman.”

“We’ll always have the MCG, but a new Junction Oval will fill a void and help bring more major events to our state.”

“Cricket is one of our fastest growing sports but the Liberals haven’t kept up. They cut funds to sport in the sporting capital of the world.”

Published on November 10, 2014