More funding for sports and facilities in NSW Budget

NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres publicized that of the $175 million capitalized in sports and facilities around the state over the next year, $5.8 million was set aside for supporting current Master Plan works in the Moore Park area in the 2015-16 Budget. This funding by the NSW Government will profit the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium. Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd AO acknowledged The Honourable Premier Mike Baird MP and The Honourable Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian MP on providing a surplus of more than $2 billion in the Budget. “The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust are continuing to work closely with the Baird Government on the future of sporting infrastructure in NSW,” Mr Shepherd said in his speech. “The $5.8 million announced in the 2015-16 Budget is for ongoing work on the Master Plan for the Moore Park sporting precinct, focusing on Allianz Stadium.” He stated “It has been fully maintained and funded by the Trust since and remains NSW’s favourite place to watch NRL, rugby union and football.” “The most recent investment made by the Trust was a $20 million technology upgrade to make Allianz Stadium the most technologically advanced venue in Australia, boasting free wi-fi, a 1200-screen IPTV network and two giant new superscreens.” Public-private partnership model was used to speed up the investment procedure. “Stage II of the precinct Master Plan – the SCG’s Noble Messenger Bradman Stand – was recently named project of the year at the Stadium Business Awards in Barcelona.” He noted, “The $197.5 million project, funded jointly by the Trust and State and Federal governments, was completed on time and under budget.”   Source: sydneycricketground.com.au