Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…read more
NSW Government accused of inflating potential fixture numbers to back venues plan
A key claim supporting the NSW Government’s business case for a new Western Sydney Stadium was never agreed to by the NRL, a Parliamentary inquiry has been told.
The business case for the $300 million redevelopment of the former Parramatta Stadium anticipated that 30 NRL games per year would be played at the new venue.
However, NRL Chief Operating Officer, Nick Weeks today advised the inquiry that the code had never agreed to that, advising “we haven’t given any commitments of that nature.
“Where our clubs play their matches will be a matter for clubs to determine.”
NSW opposition MP, Lynda Voltz accused the NSW Government of inflating figures to justify their stadium spend, telling Guardin Australia “this is what the government has done – they’ve over-inflated figures, the NRL says they didn’t provide these figures.
“Where did 30 games come from if the NRL didn’t provide them those figures?”
The NSW Government originally planned to knock down and rebuild Parramatta, Allianz and ANZ Stadiums at a cost of well over $2 billion but has since scaled-back the scope of the works.
A joint NSW parliamentary inquiry was launched in April to scrutinise how the Sydney Stadiums Strategy was developed, its economic justifications and possible impact on communities.
Weeks told the inquiry that Sydney had suffered from years of under-investment in sporting infrastructure, commenting “unfortunately decades of under-investment and a scattergun approach, driven by political interests rather than coherent policy, has resulted in a network of stadia in Sydney, which is dilapidated.
“It does not provide the world-class experience our fans, members and players deserve.”
Also speaking at the Parliamentary inquiry, Sydney Cricket Ground Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd backed reasons for the redevelopment of Sydney’ Allianz Stadium by repeating fears that fans at the current would be in “frightening” danger if it had to be evacuated.
Shephard said it would take 24 minutes to safely empty the venue at full capacity compared to the global recommendation of eight minutes.
Shepherd advised “in an emergency, patrons face the very real prospect of very serious injuries or worse in the rush for exits.”
He blamed a flaws in its outdated design, saying it could not be fixed by refurbishment.
Shepherd also highlighted inadequate provision of women’s toilets when it should have 335 and a shortage of wheelchair accessible spaces as justifying the multi-million dollar rebuild.
The former NSW Liberal leader John Brogden, the Office of Sport, KPMG, Venues NSW, the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the City of Sydney have all previously addressed the inquiry.
Infrastructure NSW said the new Western Sydney Stadium rebuild iss due to be delivered under budget at almost $330 million, below the projected $360 million, when it opens in the middle of next year.
Images: Artist's impression of the new Western Sydney Stadium.
23rd May 2018 - NRL advises of rising crowd figures
27th March 2018 - Strategic Plan launched to guide the future of rugby league
15th March 2018 - Sydney stadia redevelopment crucial for Australia’s Rugby World Cup bids
24th November 2017 - NSW Government confirms massive rebuilding plans for Allianz and ANZ Stadiums
25th August 2017 - Sydney stadium developments to be fast tracked by NSW Government
20th August 2017 - Broadcasters fake NRL live atmosphere with historic crowd footage
21st July 2017 - NSW Government releases ‘Commerciality Framework’ for stadia
17th June 2016 - NRL leaders told of 4% attendance rise this season
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…read more
Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…read more
SKC Operations Pty Ltd (SKCorp) is an expert retail and marketing services team specialising in sports, leisure, aquatics, fitness, health, wellness & recreation industry. Using proven…read more
Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…read more
Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…read more
Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of treadmills,…read more
The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!