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Redeveloped showground is no pie in the sky

The Minister for Major Projects, John Lenders, today lifted a paintbrush to kick-start the facelift of an iconic landmark at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, the Pie in the Sky.
Mr Lenders visited the showgrounds site to inspect the progress of work on the $108 million redevelopment, which is on track for completion in time for the Royal Melbourne Show in September.
“The redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds is giving a much-needed facelift to old structures which have been known and loved by generations of Victorians, including the Pie in the Sky,” Mr Lenders said.
“For the last 29 years, Victorians at the show have arranged to meet under the Pie in the Sky – and this tradition will now continue for at least that time again, thanks to this Government’s major investment.
“As well as preserving heritage structures on the site, the $108 million Bracks Government redevelopment is building new structures to create a modern venue that can be used for a variety of events.”
Mr Lenders was today joined by children from Ascot Vale Primary School to inspect the revamp of the pie which was built in 1977.
The fibreglass pie, which was heritage-listed in 1999, has been renovated as part of the redevelopment of the showgrounds. After it is painted, it will be placed back on its legs.
Mr Lenders said construction work was in full swing with renovation of the heritage-listed Public Stand underway and several new buildings taking shape, including the new Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s headquarters in the Town Square Pavilion, the Grand Pavilion and a major new exhibition space.
“The Bracks Government is breathing new life into the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds to deliver a better home for the Show and a versatile venue to use all year round,” Mr Lenders said.
“No other government in the state’s history has invested as much in infrastructure as this Government has – over then next four years we will spend $11 billion on building infrastructure for all Victorians, or an average of $2.8 billion a year.
“This investment is creating jobs and opportunities for suppliers and contractors as delivering better schools, hospitals and infrastructure all Victorians to enjoy now and in the future.”
The project is being delivered by a Joint Venture between the State Government and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.