A Liberal-National government will promise a AUS$6.6 million (£3.8 million) redevelopment of Warrnambool Hockey Club in the build up to the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
The delivery of renovations will provide a sporting legacy for the Victoria Games as well as economy benefits for the region.
Two Hockey 5s pitches will be catered for, adding to the club’s investment in the shortened format, as well as a second astro, multi-use pavilion and training facilities for Commonwealth nations competing in 2026.
State elections will be held in Victoria next month with Liberal leader Matthew Guy contesting Daniel Andrews, the current Premier and Labor leader.
Cindy McLeish, Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Sport, said the redevelopment would boost Warrnambool as a city which could stage big events after 2026.
She said: “The redevelopment will allow Warrnambool to host Women’s World Cup practice matches, should Australia’s bid to host the 2026 tournament be successful.
“For Warrnambool to be home to the first dedicated Hockey 5s pitch in the country is a massive drawcard for the growth of the sport, and the wider region.
“This will bring hockey players, coaches and supporters from across Victoria, Australia and beyond in what will be a huge economic boon for the region.”
Roma Britnell, Parliamentary member for the South-West Coast, said: “The association has a clear vision not only to grow the sport locally and regionally, but to provide a platform for Warrnambool and the South-West Coast to be a destination location for national and international training and matches.”