Deal ‘a slap in the face’: Spend sets back Mildura South hopes – Crisp

THE State Government has been slammed for splashing more than $200 million on Melbourne’s AFL venues while grassroots clubs in regional areas compete for interest-free loans.

Peter Crisp says many grassroots country clubs struggle to afford a linemarking machine. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Peter Crisp says many grassroots country clubs struggle to afford a linemarking machine. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The government yesterday announced a makeover of Etihad Stad­ium in a $225 million deal with the AFL that will also keep the grand final at the MCG until 2057 and ensure the Brownlow Medal function remains in Melbourne.

In what Sports Minister John Eren called “the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history”, $60 million will also be spent on community sporting grants and women’s football will share in a further $15 million for ­venue upgrades statewide.

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