Elsternwick Park golf project (13.03.2014)

Written on the 26 March 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- My adjournment matter this evening is for the attention of the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Hugh Delahunty. Like Mr O'Brien, I would like to put on record my appreciation of the work he has done in his capacity as Minister for Sport and Recreation. I have very much enjoyed working with him over the past three and a bit years. I am not sure whether he will be able to address my issue in the time he has left as minister, but I am sure that Mr Drum, who will be taking over from him, will be able to do so once he is sworn in as the minister.

The issue I raise is in relation to a precinct in Elsternwick. All members and all Melburnians enjoy the reputation of Melbourne as the sporting capital of Australia and also the cultural capital of Australia, as we saw just a few weeks ago with White Night.

We are very fortunate to be able to host major events and have our sporting prowess, if you like, demonstrated on a regular basis. I mention the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and some of the other key sporting events in Melbourne. They bring great economic income -- --

Ms Pennicuik interjected.

Ms CROZIER -- It is not nonsense, Ms Pennicuik. It is absolute fact that major sporting events are of great economic benefit to this state.

As I said, we host the Australian Open, the AFL Grand Final, the Spring Racing Carnival and the grand prix. All those major sporting events bring great economic benefit to the state.

Last year we hosted the 2013 World Cup of Golf. That saw tens of thousands of visitors come to our state and provided great economic benefit, bringing millions of dollars to Victoria.

I know the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Ms Asher, is a strong supporter of these events.

A very exciting opportunity has arisen for the people of Elsternwick. A consortium has put together a project aimed at uniting the world of Australian golf through the development of a national home of golf and centre of excellence at Elsternwick Park. The project will bring together a number of golf industry partners. The project consortium is proposing a world-first development that will see the national, state and local golf organisations unite to work cooperatively with all golf industry sectors.

For the first time in golf's history the project will bring together the Australian golf industry, which attracts approximately 1.3 million participants annually. The industry spend throughout Australia is $2.31 billion. The sport of golf and its associated industries are currently working independently of each other.

This is a very exciting project, and I ask the minister to come down and review it.

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