Symmons Plains money only secure for 2011
02 Apr, 2011 09:41 AM
The state government has confirmed that its funding for the V8 Supercars at Symmons Plains is not locked in beyond this year, possibly bringing the event to a grinding halt.
Tourism Minister Michelle O’Byrne said yesterday that the government was committed to the event’s current arrangements, after signing a $1.7 million deal to host the November event until 2013.
However, funding is assessed annually.
It is believed funding for the V8 round _ Tasmania’s biggest annual spectator event _ features on a hit-list of event funding that could be axed leading up to an extremely tight state budget in June.
“A contract is currently with the company to stage the 2011 event,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“Both AVESCO and the state government have jointly agreed to discuss arrangements for the subsequent two years.”
The Examiner revealed yesterday that the government was considering reallocating the $560,000 a year it spends on the V8s to bring AFL football to Hobart.
It has outraged motor sport fans.
The V8s attract 60,000 spectators to Symmons Plains over three days and generate a television audience of millions.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Bailey said Northern Tasmanians had a right to feel cheated.
Ms O’Byrne said the V8s were “in no way connected to AFL football”.
However, an AFL source confirmed yesterday that a $1.2 million-a-year deal with North Melbourne would be announced within three weeks.
Taxpayers would contribute $300,000 a match for two Kangaroos games _ the same amount that is spent annually on the V8s.
Sam McQuestin, MR:
McQUESTIN TO CIRCULATE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF V8 SUPERCARS
Liberal Candidate for the Legislative Council Division of Launceston Sam McQuestin has today launched a Petition calling in the Labor-Green Government to immediately guarantee that funding will be available for the V8 Supercars into the future.
“The V8 Supercars at Symmons Plains provides a massive economic boost to the whole of Tasmania and it would be an unmitigated disaster to lose the event,” Sam McQuestin said.
“The Petition calls on the Labor-Green Government to immediately guarantee the necessary funding for the future of the V8 Supercars to end the uncertainty around the event in future years.
“I will be circulating the Petition in the local community, and people will be able to sign it at the Longford Revival Festival tomorrow. If a decision on funding is not made beforehand I will also circulate it at what could be the last V8 Supercars event later this year.
Sam McQuestin said that people interested in signing or circulating the Petition could contact him on 0409 314 486
Meanwhile … King George to be born again, says Andrew Wilkie
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has negotiated Federal funds to get the ball rolling on the $7.5m KGV community precinct in Glenorchy.
As Brownlow Medallist Jason Akermanis prepares to debut for the Glenorchy Magpies at KGV tonight, Mr Wilkie announced he had secured $120,000 for Glenorchy City Council to complete a detailed business plan on the proposal.
“I have got the Prime Minister, a footy fan herself, personally interested in this project and negotiated $120,000 to complete a vital first step, the business case,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
“And if the business case stacks up, I’ll be pushing the Prime Minister to fully fund the $7.5-million community precinct at KGV. Given her level of interest, I believe I have a real chance of making this remarkable development a reality.’’
Mr Wilkie said the proposed KGV community precinct would provide a vibrant and safe social hub for people from all walks of life in Glenorchy and surrounds.
“Community organisations and sports clubs are an important part of our community but many are doing it tough and making do with sub-standard facilities,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
“This project would provide a thriving home base for sports groups, recreation activities, youth programs and other community groups.
“It would be a safe place for young and old to socialise, play a sport or access a community service, all conveniently located in the centre of Glenorchy.’’
Mr Wilkie said organisations already interested in the precinct included Australian Rules football, cricket, soccer, basketball, bowls, athletics, swimming, the YMCA, PCYC and the Migrant Resource Centre.
Mr Wilkie said the funding would be provided as part of the Federal Government’s support for regional development.