Mildura Rural City Councillors have approved tenders for two major projects in the region, with around $20 million in works to be underway at both sites – undertaken by local contractors. 

Mildura-based construction company King Construction Group was awarded the tender to build Stage 2 of the Mildura Sporting Precinct (MSP), along with construction of outdoor netball and lighting.

It followed a decision by Councillors to award the Powerhouse Precinct tender to Indigenous construction company Rork Projects Pty Ltd.

Mildura Rural City Mayor, Liam Wood, said endorsement of both tenders paved the way for exciting progress on two major projects which have been eagerly anticipated by the community.

“The Powerhouse Precinct and the second stage of the Mildura Sporting Precinct are two of our highest profile projects, and for good reason, as they promise to deliver so many benefits to our community,” Mayor  Wood said.

“The Powerhouse Precinct is the next exciting stage of the transformative riverfront development that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to our region each year, promising to further increase our region’s attraction for visitors and the economic benefits that will flow from that.

“Importantly, it will also further activate our riverfront for the most important people in our region – our local community.

“The Mildura Sporting Precinct meanwhile is already delivering on its potential, attracting major events, increasing growth in indoor sports and providing more opportunities for our community to get active.

“The second stage of the precinct will build on this success, by opening the way for even more sports, including squash and outdoor netball, as well as a new multi-use oval under lights.”

Councillor for Infrastructure and Assets, Glenn Milne, said endorsement of both tenders would provide a major boost for the region throughout the construction phase.

“In terms of the Mildura Sporting Precinct, King Construction Group is a wholly owned and operated local business, with a track record of working with local trades that boost our local economy,” Cr Milne said.

“Stage one saw over 60 per cent of trade hours undertaken by local contractors, so there will be hundreds, if not thousands of hours of employment required to complete the second stage of the precinct, which will go to local trades, and be spent in our local area.

“I’d also like to congratulate Rork Projects on their successful tender for the Powerhouse Precinct.

“Rork Projects have demonstrated a commitment to sourcing local contractors, which again means more jobs, more money injected into our local economy throughout construction of the precinct. Rork Projects have also committed to employing two local Indigenous workers during the project.”

Steven Raymond, Rork Projects Victorian General Manager, said, “The Powerhouse redevelopment is a project of importance to our Victorian team. It will allow us to connect with the community, provide job opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout the region and deliver a legacy for the Mildura Rural City Council.”

Scott Kennett, Rork Projects Regional Construction Manager, said, “Rork Projects is truly grateful to be selected for this community development, and thrilled to partner with Mildura Rural City Council to deliver this landmark redevelopment of the iconic Powerhouse. 

“Regional communities are the driving force for change throughout Australia, which is why we are so proud to be part of this transformational project.”

Dale King, King Construction Group Managing Director, said, “As Managing Director of King Construction Group I’m proud to be associated with the second stage of the Mildura Sporting Precinct.

“This is an exciting project for a local builder to be associated with, particularly given the major role it will play with so many local sporting groups, as well as our community’s future.”

Mr King said the second stage of the Mildura Sporting Precinct will provide additional stimulus for the local construction industry.

“I expect we’ll have up to 50 local subcontractors working on that site at any one time, and a lot of our subcontractors have been with us for multiple years,” Mr King said.

“Taking on long-term projects like this provides additional confidence for our subcontractors, which helps in terms of employing more apprentices and trainees. I know in our case, because most of our projects are long-term, we directly employ new apprentices every 12 months.

“Taking on long-term projects like this provides additional confidence for our subcontractors, which helps in terms of employing more apprentices and trainees.”

President of Mildura Squash, Paul Takacs, said, “We are very much looking forward to a new era in Squash for Mildura, and the region, once the facilities are built at the Mildura Sporting Precinct.

“Having been involved with the process for 15 years, once given the opportunity to promote and grow again in new state-level facilities with singles and doubles court capability, access and participation will definitely rise.

“On a wider scope, the interest being shown to sport and recreation in our region from Council and community leaders is very welcome. Sport, recreation and being active in our region is always one of the best ways to a healthier and happy community as a whole, for all walks of life.”

 Scope of projects 

Powerhouse Precinct

  • Powerhouse flexible events space
  • Powerhouse front of house -,tourism offering, mezzanine and visitor inspiration space, including interactive touch screens
  • Boiler house shade structure
  • Public amenities
  • External food and beverage building
  • Events kitchen
  • Basement multipurpose space
  • Hard and soft landscaping

Mildura Sporting Precinct – Stage 2

  • Second multi-use oval with 150lux LED lighting
  • Change rooms
  • Sports administration hub
  • Four indoor squash courts
  • Four outdoor netball courts
  • Four outdoor beach volleyball courts
  • Indoor seating
  • External seating for Ovals 1 and 2
  • External shade improvements
  • Blinds for Court Hall One
  • Electronic Scoreboard for Oval 1
  • Cricket practice nets and wickets
  • Additional sealed and overflow car parking
  • Parking access around Oval 1
  • Landscaping improvements
  • Perimeter and ticket fencing 

 Project funding background 

Powerhouse Precinct –$9.156 million

Victorian Government

  • Sustainability Victoria  – $196,000
  • Building Works package –$5,000,000
  • Regional Infrastructure Fund – $500,000
  • Changing Places – $110,000
  • Outdoor Activation Fund – $100,000

Federal Government

  • Murray Darling Basin Economic Program  – $1,000,000
  • Local Roads and Infrastructure Program  –  $1,750,000

Mildura Rural City Council -– $500,000

Mildura Sporting Precinct , stage 2   –  $11.914 million

  • Victorian Government – $10,000,000
  • AFL Facilities Program – $250,000
  • Cricket Australia/Cricket Victoria and Local Sports Infrastructure Funding to deliver remaining cricket scope -– $365,490
  • Sunraysia Volleyball Incorporated –  $45,000
  • Mildura Rural City Council  $1,253,438

 Mildura Sporting Precinct , outdoor netball courts and lighting   $1.110 million

  • Victorian Government Local Sports Infrastructure Fund  –  $500,000

Community Contribution –  $365,000(Mildura Netball Association, South Mildura Sporting Club, Sunraysia Football League)

  • Mildura Rural City Council –$245,763
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