Political Shock: LNP labels Queensland's sports stadiums a waste of money

Hon Phil Reeves MP
Member for Mansfield

Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport

17 June 2011

LNP labels Queensland's sports stadiums a waste of money.

The LNP has come out claiming the Bligh Government's investment in world class stadiums is a waste of tax payers money.

The Shadow Treasurer Tim Nicholls, in his budget reply, twice attacked the Bligh Government's policy of providing Queensland with major sporting facilities.

State Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said under the LNP, a new stadium for this region would never be a reality.

"This is just another example of how when it comes to building stadiums, the LNP has no policy and no game plan claiming football stadiums are a waste of money."

Mr Schwarten said the LNP's so called leader Campbell Newman has already gone on record saying he'd wait for private enterprise to come to the party if a new stadium was to be built in Rockhampton.

"Stadiums are not cash cows, their viability is a long term proposition, something private enterprise wouldn't entertain."

State Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan was astounded the LNP could claim an investment in the region's future would be a waste of tax payers money.

"By contrast the Bligh Government has committed to building a stadium in Rockhampton if the bid for a new NRL team is successful," Mr Hoolihan said.

The recently completed Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast is a perfect example of how the Queensland Government's investment in major facilities delivered 1100 jobs and over the next decade is expected to inject $340 million into the local economy.