Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

NSW Premier accused of $25 million sport venue ‘blackmail’ in marginal electorate

NSW Premier accused of $25 million sport venue ‘blackmail’ in marginal electorate
February 8, 2019

The NSW Government is facing a backlash in a marginal country electorate after Premier Gladys Berejiklian made a conditional promise to build a $25 million stadium and sports centre.

As reported by ABC Central West, Premier Berejiklian travelled to the city of Orange on Wednesday -  the first time she has been to the region since the Shooters, Farmers and Fishers Party (SFFP) took the seat from the Coalition by a mere 56 votes in a November 2016 by-election.

Agreeing the promise is an "election carrot", Premier Berejiklian said the venue would not be built unless Nationals candidate Kate Hazelton was elected.

She stated “well it is, I am not going to be shy about that because I really want Orange to come back to the government.

"It is important for us to have a voice in government to make sure that Orange doesn't miss out.

"I am unashamedly calling on the Orange community to forgive us for our mistakes of the past, because we will get things done and make sure Orange gets its fair share."

The SFFP local member Phil Donato watched on as the Premier made the promise, which would include seven sporting fields and a 1500-seat stadium.

Donato told the ABC “essentially they are trying to blackmail the community, but just like Dubbo and Bathurst, Orange is entitled to its fair share  we are all taxpayers.

"The government is there to represent the whole state, not represent certain electorates around the state where they have a representative of the government."

Locals expressed their anger via ABC Central West's radio text-line and Facebook page.

Nationals MLC Rick Colless, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, said Hazelton - who was only preselected on the weekend - was offered a range of projects to select as her first announcement

Colless said she chose to make the stadium her priority, and added that he does not think it will backfire on the campaign.

Colless explained “I don't think that it is an insult and it is certainly not a bribe, it can be seen more as a carrot than a bribe.

"People have always accused us of pork-barrelling.

"If pork-barrelling is doing things and promoting projects that are going to make the lives of regional NSW better, then that is what it is."

He said while this will be the largest promise for the electorate, those to follow will not necessarily depend on Nationals winning the seat.

Image: The Barden Park Regional Centre of Excellence for Athletics in nearby Dubbo.

Related Articles

4th February 2019 - NSW Politicians make election pledges to parks and the Newcastle Art Gallery

8th November 2018 - ‘Fumes’ lead to three day closure of indoor pools at Orange Aquatic Centre

10th August 2017 - NSW Government invests in regional facilities and athletes

27th November 2016 - New Orange Regional Museum opens beneath massive green roof

11th November 2016 - Cricket NSW to develop multi-purpose indoor sport centre for Orange

3rd September 2016 - Orange Civic Theatre named Performing Arts Centre of the Year

2nd December 2014 - Museum and cultural square project underway in Orange

23rd June 2014 - Two year old Orange Aquatic Centre needs repair


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.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

GREENEDESK

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

Quayclean

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

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Pico Play

Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Tourism

 
 

Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business