May 28, 2011

Kick off at Australia’s newest stadium

Kick off at Australia’s newest stadium

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

28 May 2011

Today I participated in the official celebration for the inaugural game at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium, funded through the Gillard Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan, in partnership with state and local governments and the AFL.

It is a privilege to see the AFL’s newest team, the Gold Coast Suns, take on one of the league’s oldest, the Geelong Cats, at the nation’s newest major stadium.

The Government announced funding towards a new stadium for the Gold Coast in May 2009.

Just two years later, the $144-million, 25,000-seat venue is hosting the Suns’ first home game.

This major infrastructure project was completed on time and on budget.

It supported up to 1,100 jobs and every event at the venue is expected to support up to 700 jobs.

Importantly, this modern facility is part of the Gillard Labor government’s commitment to Australia’s major cities, helping to make the Gold Coast even more productive, sustainable and liveable.

Its construction gave a boost to the south-east Queensland economy during the global financial crisis and will continue to do so by bringing football fans and more tourists to the Gold Coast.

The stadium will also be a real asset for the community sport as well as allowing the Gold Coast to host other major sporting and entertainment events in the future.

Metricon Stadium is a great example of all levels of government working in partnership to deliver a world-class stadium in conjunction with the AFL.