Governments called upon to fund MARC as part of economic stimulus package

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Monday, 8 February, 2021 - 11:15
Project update

Moorabool Shire Council is calling on State and Federal governments to help stimulate local economic growth by providing funding for the Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC).

The region’s economy has been impacted by the pandemic with ABS payroll data from last year showing an 8.7% fall in job numbers in western Melbourne. Over a seven-month period, the jobseeker caseload for Moorabool Shire grew by 148%.  

MARC is expected to generate up to $100M in local economic benefit and 200 jobs during construction with a further 65 jobs expected post construction. It comprises three projects of regional significance – a four-court indoor stadium, an indoor aquatic centre and a regional bowls facility – that together will form a major new sports and recreation precinct in Taverner St, Bacchus Marsh.

As part of Council’s MooraBuild – Rebounding better than ever campaign, Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan has written to key economic Ministers this week to seek their support for MARC in this year’s State and Federal budgets.

“Moorabool Shire Council is ready to invest millions of dollars into this project, but construction and the jobs it will create will not happen without funding support from other levels of government,” Cr Sullivan said.

“There has never been a better time to invest in projects guaranteed to create jobs and stimulate local economic activity.

“Council looks forward to partnering with other levels of government so together we can provide our community with much-needed sport and recreation infrastructure, while at the same time helping our region to rebound better than ever.”

The Mayor has this week written to:

  • Victorian Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas
  • Victorian Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas
  • Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula
  • Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack
  • Federal Sports Minister Senator Richard Colbeck


Find out more about MARC, including a fly through, at


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Monday, 8 February, 2021 - 11:19