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Western Australia Opposition calls for inquiry into nib Stadium management contract

Western Australia Opposition calls for inquiry into nib Stadium management contract
April 10, 2014

The West Australian Opposition is calling for an inquiry into the Western Australian Government's dealings with the company responsible for managing Perth's nib Stadium (Perth Oval) in the wake of revelations it has cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

After a decade of running the stadium, Allia Venue Management will terminate its contract later this year.

The Western Government has already paid or received claims for more than $3.2 million for compensation arising from redevelopment of the venue in recent years.

It has now revealed it is also liable for an additional payout of $8 million as a result of the early termination of the contract.

Opposition finance spokeswoman Rita Saffioti says a Parliamentary Committee should examine both the Western Australian Government's deal with Allia, and a separate compensation offer made to Perth Glory owner Tony Sage.

The Western Australian Government paid $400,000 in compensation to Perth Glory over lost revenue due to reduced stadium capacity during its redevelopment.

Saffioti told the ABC "it's out of control (and is) a bad deal that's impacting the state's taxpayers."

The Opposition has also accused Western Australian Sports Minister Terry Waldron of misleading Parliament about negotiations over money owed by Perth Glory to the Public Transport Authority (PTA).

In October, the PTA wrote off about $250,000 debt after Perth Glory refused to pay a bill for public transport for home games at nib Stadium.

At the time, Minister Waldron told Parliament he was not involved in the negotiations.

But the Opposition says it has obtained a letter from the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation to Sage, which states Minister Waldron had discussed the matter with the Transport Minister.

Minister Waldron told Parliament the negotiations with the PTA were kept separate from the compensation negotiations, stating "I didn't involve myself in the PTA matter to seek balancing the two against the other.

"It was advised to me, I spoke to the then-treasurer and said we are dealing with this, we are dealing with this individually."

3rd April 2014 - ALLIA ENDS NIB STADIUM MANAGEMENT DEAL 

15th November 2012 - SOUTHERN STAND OPENS AT PERTH’S NIB STADIUM 

20th November 2011 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS NEXT BIG NAMES IN WA SPORT 

6th September 2011 - VENUESWEST HOSTS NEW HOME FOR RUGBY IN WA

12th August 2011 - TOP TRACK AND FIELD STARS TO SHINE IN WA INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS MEET

9th June 2011 - FIVE YEAR PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF WA SPORT

27th July 2009 - ALL NEW ATHLETICS STADIUM FOR PERTH


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