New group to plan Perth stadium

A new steering committee has been formed to manage the state government's $1.1 billion multi-purpose stadium project.


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I read your article with interest that is the 23rd version of the Perth MultiSport Stadium. Should it be called the MultiSport Stadium since the only sporting body who seem to have any input are the AFL group and Mr. Fong. There are other football codes. We profess to be a democratic society. What is democratic about the Project having no representation from the football codes purporting to be the end users of this stadium. Everyone also seems to forget that this is public money - taxpayers money that is being spent on this project. The only code with a voice seems to be the WAFL - what about rugby and soccer, particularly rugby union. Lets see some true sense of accountability to the taxpayers take place and some democracy at work with fair representation on the Steering committee.

Have any of these people actually been involved in the design, development or management of a stadium or are we stuck with the same old formula of appointing public servants who are out of their league to perform a professional function? I don't hold out much hope for the "new" stadium. Same old same old unfortunately and another missed opportunity to put Perth on the sporting map. I do hope to be proved wrong though and will be extremely happy if I am although having worked on a number of stadium developments and managed some of the largest in the UK I doubt I will be.

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