Bigger and better events more often for Ararat12/10/2018
The Victorian Government will fund new event infrastructure on Alexandra Oval to attract more festivals, sporting events and visitors to Ararat – boosting jobs and local businesses.
Current event infrastructure at the Oval is limited and outdated, meaning only smaller events and markets can be hosted.
The $500,000 funding will deliver new terraced seating to maximise capacity and viewing opportunities, level grassed and compacted gravel areas for marquees and pop up activities, a formalised car parking area, and grandstand improvements including weather protection for spectators.
Ararat Rural City Council is also contributing $377,000 to the Ararat On the Move – Events & Visitor Space revamp, which it is hoped will significantly increase tourist numbers to the town as a gateway to the Grampians.
The redevelopment of Alexandra Oval as a site for major events will energise Ararat and bring significant flow on effects for local businesses.
It complements the recent Ararat Visitor Economy Strategy 2018-2021, which identified that Ararat has a real opportunity to drive local economic growth by positioning itself as a tourism destination.
The $500,000 grant is from $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which is investing in projects that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business.