Sydney stadium refurb scrapped, but Parramatta Powerhouse pushes ahead

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2020

The new $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund will be used for smaller, shovel-ready projects touching every corner of the state, injecting up to an extra 20 thousand jobs back into the NSW workforce.

The government will no longer proceed with the refurbishment of Stadium Australia, redirecting around $800 million towards the new fund for job-creating infrastructure projects.

The Premier said the moves would fire up the economy, with $100 billion now being invested in the state's infrastructure.

ANZ was to be converted into a 70,000-seat state-of-the-art venue with a rectangular playing field to host Sydney's showpiece major events including State of Origin, NRL grand finals, global sporting events and rock concerts.

On 31 May she said, "We are now not only guaranteeing our infrastructure pipeline, we will be looking for opportunities to fast-track projects to provide jobs as early as we can".

But it could release some of the pressure on the NRL that had opted to stage its Grand Final at the SCG, refusing a pitch from the Queensland Government to bring the match to Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

Indicative image of the redeveloped Stadium Australia by Cox Architecture a project now dropped
1/2 View Indicative image of the redeveloped Stadium Australia by Cox Architecture a project now dropped. Image

Though that agreement was in relation to the upgrade of Parramatta's Bankwest Stadium and the current project undergoing at Moore Park's Allianz Stadium.

Manly, Campbelltown, Penrith and Sydney's south have reportedly been pinned as primary targets, with all nine Sydney clubs to be supported as part of the NRL's plan.

A stadium in southern Sydney would cater for St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks, whilst the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs would have the option of playing there or in Parramatta's Bankwest.

The Eels, the only Sydney team now benefiting from a new stadium would be eventually joined by the other eight Sydney sides with modern stadia and facilities.

The decision could impact a variety of sports in the short term with both Football Federation Australia and Rugby Australia having identified a redeveloped ANZ Stadium as the centrepiece of their respective FIFA Women's World Cup and Rugby World Cup bids.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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