NSW Premier Prepared To Commit More Than Initial A$1.6B For Stadium Upgrades
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will "upgrade" the ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium, according to Andrew Clennell of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Berejiklian said that she is "prepared to commit more money" than the A$1.6B ($1.3B) that is now set aside for projects. She added that both stadiums "could even be rebuilt at the same time, provided sporting codes could find a way to manage their games as work progressed." In her "strongest comments yet on Sydney’s stadium wars," she said that Sydney Olympic Park’s ANZ Stadium remained the priority but she "would consider starting work on Moore Park’s dilapidated Allianz Stadium" before the March '19 election. She said that she was "determined to push ahead" because the presence of world-class facilities "means jobs, it means tourism." Estimates for the ANZ work range from A$900M ($713.5M) to A$1.6B and a rebuild of Allianz from A$400M-A$800M ($317M-$634M). Berejiklian said she was not "wedded" to the A$1.6B price for the work as it did not account for construction of other stadiums. She said, "I'd love to see an outer Western Sydney stadium" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8/20).