Mr Melhem (Western Metropolitan): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Minister for Sport and Minister for Veterans, the Honourable John Eren. The matter relates to the proposed upgrade of Victoria’s premier venue for grassroots, national and international equestrian events in Werribee. Since 1984 the Victorian state equestrian centre at Werribee Park has featured indoor and outdoor equestrian facilities for major equestrian events and elite training, including dressage, showjumping, show horse polo and cross-country. These events are a huge boost to tourism, jobs and local businesses, showcasing the best of everything Victoria has to offer.

The planned future development will boost participation at the grassroots level and support our very best elite Olympic heroes. Australian equestrian champions have done us proud, having won 21 Olympic and Paralympic medals and nine World Equestrian Games medals. The facility also caters for over 200 affiliated clubs and 5000 registered athletes, from pony clubs to show horsing, and it has strong community support and participation.

Our modern makeover of the Victorian state equestrian centre will deliver state-of-the-art facilities which are needed to train our next generation of world-class heroes. The action I seek from the minister is for him to provide me with further details about what the plans are for the upgrade and what sort of support the state government is willing to invest in upgrading that important facility. I seek his support for the upgrade of that facility and putting some serious investment into the facility so we can make sure it remains a first-class facility for our athletes.

28 November 2017