THE $80 million Eureka Stadium precinct is not the City of Ballarat’s number-one priority project and won’t be funded soon, the council’s top officer has revealed.
City of Ballarat chief executive officer Anthony Schinck said job creation was the current council’s focus, with the development of the Ballarat West Employment Zone and railway station precinct topping the list.
“The Eureka Stadium is still a priority project of the council,” he said.
“Council’s number-one project is clearly the Ballarat West Employment Zone, the creation of jobs growth and the ongoing development of Ballarat.”
The council completed a master plan for the Eureka precinct in April.
Mr Schinck said the project was developed and ready to go.
“It’s not as though the project has ever slipped off the council’s radar...we see this as a longer-term project,” he said.
Mayor John Burt said the council’s immediate need was building employment on the western side of Ballarat.
The comments come after political candidates of both major parties were asked if they would fund the precinct during Tuesday’s federal election forum at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
But both parties indicated the project was underdeveloped and unlikely to be funded until the council stamped the precinct as its first priority.
The $80 million would be spent on a 10,000-seat grandstand, a 3000-square-metre flexible, indoor exhibition facility, a sports house, administration areas and Ballarat Agricultural Society facilities.