Unfortunately, the NSW Government seems to be building on their plans to pour public funding into elite sporting facilities – now the Premier is expected to announce a further $40 million of handouts to NRL clubs so they can build new gyms and offices.
This is not about sport. I have been clear I believe this money should be spent on sporting facilities – for the whole community, which is what we urgently need!
Let’s consider the bigger picture here. Not only is there no business case to explain the numbers the state government has put forward – we were told 18 months ago that a refurbishment of Allianz was adequate. The NSW Government is also staying quiet about their plans to shift the stadium further into Moore Park, to privatise Driver Avenue, to redevelop the Entertainment Quarter and for the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries.
All of these plans threaten Moore Park – the vital green lung of the city.
20,000 people visit Allianz Stadium annually compared to the 20 million who visit Moore Park and Centennial Park. How do those numbers stack up?
At our final Council meeting of the year, we resolved to work with Randwick and Waverley Councils to do what we can to protect Moore Park. The fight will continue in the New Year – join me: http://www.clovermoore.com.au/protect_moore_park