Election, Election, in Australia…our newsletter "Back on the Block' recently gave you a run-down on some election pledges for sports and venues. And a blog was published here last week.
Further promises have emerged…
Both parties are pledging to build a $12 million sports and community centre next to the Penrith Panthers Club.
The Coalition has effectively reannounced Labor's policy to allocate $10 million to upgrade Brookvale Oval upgrade.
In Queensland, sitting Liberal MP Teresa Gambaro has pledged $1 million to upgrade local sporting facilities. Kevin Rudd has promised $15 million to design a new stadium and convention centre for Townsville.
The Brisbane Broncos, a publicly listed company owned 68% by News Corp Australia has been promised $5 million by the Liberals and alternately $3 million by Labor.
The Australian Rugby Union is to develop a world-class training facility in Sydney's North West following a $20 million funding commitment from the NSW Government and the Federal Coalition.
There do not seem to have been any promises made by anyone about funding initiatives to attract sporting events or business events to Australia.
Tony Abbott recently pledged $3 million toward Sydney’s hosting of the World Netball Championships in 2015 whilst visiting Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
Unfortunately, I have to repeat…There do not seem to have been any promises made by anyone about funding initiatives to attract sporting events or business events to Australia.
This article first appeared in "Back on the Block", New Millennium Business' newsletter on the business of events on 7 September 2013….the Block: Election stuff; IOC hits Buenos Aires; Brazil's struggles; America's Cup; TV-Asia; Cricket…and more – http://eepurl.com/ELETj