John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Joint statement - Stadium Communique

    18/12/2007 11:04 PM
     
    18/12/07

    Issued by: Minister for Sport and Recreation - John Kobelke,
        AFL Chief Executive - Andrew Demetriou

    The meeting of football and government officials convened by the Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke today agreed on a way forward on a new 60,000 seat multi-purpose stadium in Perth.

    Specifically agreement has been reached that:
    • the best solution for sport and the community in WA is to build a new 60,000 seat multi-purpose stadium;
    • football will be the primary user and will have priority access rights at the new stadium;
    • the stadium will be governed by an independent trust appointed by the State Government ensuring that the interests of sport are maintained;
    • the decision on location rests with the State Government; and
    • that a working group under the joint leadership of Alastair Bryant (DSR) and Gillon McLachlan (AFL) will convene next year to formalise a detailed agreement by March, 2008.
    Mr Kobelke said he was buoyed by the unanimity expressed at today’s meeting.

    “It has been an important day where Government and football clarified their positions and worked through the outstanding issues,” he said.

    “Football wants to support the stadium and wants to support the Government in building a world-class facility.

    “This is an exciting new sports infrastructure initiative being developed for the benefit of the community. We are now a big step closer to providing government with the details it requires for consideration before committing to building the stadium.

    AFL Chief Executive Andrew Demetriou said the AFL, on behalf of all football, supported a stadium solution that would provide the best possible outcome for both the football community and the wider WA public.

    “The AFL will continue to work with the government to try to bring to life this project and ensure the football community and investment in community football benefits from a new 60,000 seat stadium,” Mr Demetriou said.

    “This stadium, when built, will be an outstanding venue and as such football is very much behind the Minister and Government.

    “Football acknowledges that the State Government’s commitment to a new stadium is a great offer and one we embrace with enthusiasm.

    “The AFL will consider how it could contribute financially to the stadium project and looks forward to fruitful discussions by the working party in the coming months.”

    Mr Kobelke was pleased with the outcome of negotiations and thanked Andrew Demetriou and his AFL team for taking the time to come over and join the negotiations.

    “We’re all committed to seeing football getting even stronger in WA and with this agreement today and with a new stadium in the future, it will be great shape.” the Minister said.

    “I’m also pleased that today’s meeting saw all parties recommitted to ensuring grassroots football in WA will remain financially secure into the future.

    “I look forward to seeing these negotiations continue.”

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