Eureka Stadium funding on the way: Brumby

A FUNDING announcement on the redevelopment of Eureka Stadium is expected within weeks. During a visit to the White Swan Reservoir yesterday Victorian Premier John Brumby reaffirmed the state government's support for the project and indicated that further announcements would be made in the coming weeks.Earlier this week, The Courier reported Ballarat City Council plans to build an $80 million sports and recreation centre in Ballarat.Under the plans Eureka Stadium would be redeveloped with long-term plans to construct a 15,000 seat grandstand.Yesterday Mr Brumby said there would be "some funding" for the project. "We'd like to see some partnership funding, obviously with the council, hopefully with the AFL, with one of the AFL clubs, in particular North Melbourne," he said.On Wednesday night Ballarat City Council approved the report for the proposed precinct. However, it stated that upgrading the precinct would require state or federal funding."I think it's important to get the expectations right," Mr Brumby said. "But this is a project we support and it's something that we want to build up."The Ballarat City Council hopes the redevelopment of the Eureka Stadium would enable it to meet AFL standards.The state government committed $1 million to redeveloping Eureka Stadium earlier this year.The proposed sports and entertainment precinct would also require a redevelopment of the Ballarat Showgrounds.