It's heading for a classic political compromise which will satisfy no one and end up slapping lipstick on a pig only to be left a decade later with the same issues.
PLANS to build an $800 *million sports stadium at Moore Park, in Sydney’s east, have been torpedoed.
Widespread anger over the plan, revealed in The Daily Telegraph this week, has forced sport minister Stuart Ayres and the government’s stadium adviser, *former Liberal leader John Brogden, to amend a report due next week.
The report will now recommend that a new super trust be created to manage major stadiums, including ANZ at Sydney Olympic Park, Allianz and the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park and the major football grounds at Parramatta, Newcastle and Wollongong.
High-level sources said the amended Brogden report — which will be delayed until the end of the month — will outline different “options” for the Baird government to consider, depending on how much money is *allocated to modernising Sydney’s stadiums.
The change is a blow to the high-powered Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and NRL chief Dave Smith, who has been pushing for a new 65,000-seat *stadium at Moore Park.
Mr Brogden had told the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust last week his *preferred option was to build the 65,000-seat stadium on its land between Anzac Pde and Driver Ave. He said that under his plan, Allianz would be demolished when the new stadium was completed and a smaller multi-sports venue built on that site.
Mr Ayres told several people that under this plan, no money would be spent upgrading the 83,500-seat ANZ, Sydney’s biggest *stadium for major events.
But news of the plan caused outrage from the Centennial Park Trust and local residents, as well as NRL teams Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and Souths Rabbitohs, who play home games at ANZ.
Federal minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose electorate takes in Moore Park, spoke to Mr Ayres for 30 minutes yesterday, outlining residents’ concerns over traffic congestion and a lack of planning procedures.
State Treasury officials privately expressed reservations over whether the *government should spend up to $900 million at Moore Park, as well as $400 million on a new 35,000-seat *stadium at Parramatta.
Football Federation *Australia boss David Gallop also warned Sydney would lose major events, like the Chelsea football match next month, if it pulled funding from ANZ.
Mr Baird has consistently said since last year that only about $300 million had been allocated to modernise Allianz as part of a $600 million stadium fund. Sources maintain the Premier still believes about half of the $600 *million should be spent upgrading Parramatta Stadium and improving ANZ.