Location Of Australia's Centre Of Excellence At Crux Of Football Debate
Former Queensland Rugby Union Chair Peter Lewis believes that "it is crazy for the Australian Rugby Union to redevelop T.G. Milner Field in Sydney as a centre of excellence instead of Ballymore in Brisbane," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. The opposition has made a A$10M ($9M) election pledge to help the ARU "build a base for the Wallabies and Australia's men's and women's sevens teams at T.G. Milner." Lewis argued that the ARU "should be trying to reclaim" the A$25M that the Howard government promised to redevelop Ballymore "into a centre of excellence, which would house the ARU and several Olympic sporting bodies." Lewis said, "John Howard gave us A$25 million and Kevin Rudd cut it. I'm annoyed that no one seems to be agitating for the reinstatement of it. There is a purpose-built office building sitting there at Ballymore and they [the ARU] could move in tomorrow. Ballymore is 28 acres of prime inner-city land. There is ample room for development. It's crazy that Ballymore is just sitting there" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 9/4).