Minns rebuffs demands for new NRL stadiums
ByAngus ThomsonPremier Chris Minns has rebuffed calls from three powerful NRL clubs to spend taxpayer funds on upgrading their stadiums, telling national TV his priority is fixing the state’s schools and hospitals.
Speaking on Sunrise this morning, the premier was asked about comments in The Daily Telegraph this morning from the bosses of NRL clubs Manly, Cronulla and Wests Tigers are demanding the new premier commit to upgrading their suburban grounds. Here’s what he had to say:
We went to the election campaign, very clearly, with a mandate to fix schools and hospitals first. We’ve got $200 billion worth of debt in NSW. I’d love to be in a position where we could promise brand new suburban stadiums, but the priority has to be essential services in NSW. We made it clear before polling day and we can’t change our position afterwards. I’m happy to speak to sporting groups of all different codes and regions in NSW, but the priority has to be to turn around the performance of our hospitals and our schools. I think that’s what the taxpayers of NSW expect from the incoming government.
Leichhardt Oval in Sydney’s inner west. CREDIT:EDWINA PICKLES
Manly’s Brookvale, Cronulla’s Shark Park and the Tigers’ Leichhardt Oval were slated for upgrades by the previous Coalition government, but then-premier Dominic Perrottet informed ARLC chairman Peter V’Landys in August of the government’s plans to scrap the $250 million pledge.