Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Burswood Dome to play on

    11/08/2005 12:00 AM
     
    11/08/05

    The State Government has secured a commitment from Burswood International Resort Casino and Mirvac Fini that will see up to 10 concerts per year held at the Burswood Dome until December 2007.

    A separate agreement with Burswood will ensure the future of the Hopman Cup in Western Australia.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said he was delighted with the outcome and thanked Burswood and Mirvac Fini for their co-operation.

    “We have been working very hard to secure an agreement from all parties on these matters,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The commitment by Burswood and Mirvac Fini is fantastic news and means Western Australians can continue to enjoy both the Hopman Cup and big-name concerts while we move ahead with constructing the multipurpose stadium.”

    Chief executive officer Burswood International Resort Casino David Courtney said under the agreement a maximum of 10 evening concerts would be held each calendar year until December 2007, finishing no later than 10.30pm.

    “As each resident in the nearby homes commences occupancy, they will be offered two ‘A’ Reserve tickets for one performance of each concert event,” Mr Courtney said.

    “Burswood has also committed to put in place a parking management strategy to ensure minimal disruption to residents during each evening concert.

    “A number of promoters have already expressed an interest in bringing high-profile artists to Perth.

    “The first concert to be staged under this new agreement will be the Black Eyed Peas, who will be performing at the Dome on September 28.”

    Mr McGowan said Burswood had provided the Government with a commitment to make the Dome available for the Hopman Cup until 2008, in the event that an alternative venue was not available.

    “The Hopman Cup showcases WA to the world and provides a boost to our economy,” he said.

    “It is a very successful event and brings in about $8.50 for every $1 we spend.

    “The economic activity generated by events like this help create jobs and opportunities for locals.”

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