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The new Brookie? $15m more

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Wheel, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +1,723 / 71
    Sorry Dan couldn't rmemeber how to lodge a news article

    Council, Eagles team up for a $15m gang tackle

    WARRINGAH Council and the Manly Sea Eagles are lobbying the Federal Government for $15 million for Brookvale Oval in an attempt to secure the final piece of the funding puzzle.

    Eagles director Kerry Sibraa and outgoing Warringah administrator Dick Persson have submitted the funding request to Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan.

    Mr Sibraa is also trying to secure a meeting with Mr Swan through Senator Mark Arbib.

    Having secured $10.6 million from the council and the State Government the remaining $15 million will help stop the sportsground crumbling down around spectators and players.

    The Eagles and the council are asking for an additional $5 million on top of the original $10 million, to accommodate plans for a new integrated sporting and community facility under the yet-to-be built grandstand behind the Eastern Hill.

    The Eagles have been lobbying all levels of government for funding over the past year in an attempt to keep the team on the northern beaches.

    The “Brookvale Forever” campaign secured the state and council funding and is now in the final stage of keeping the club on the peninsula after previous failed attempts to secure funding for its ramshackle home ground.

    The club even discussed moving to the Central Coast and was offered an $8 million incentive to relocate and play home games at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

    “It (Brookvale Oval) has been the home ground of the team since 1947,” the submission says. “The current ground facilities are well short of what is required for the Sea Eagles to maintain Brookvale Oval as their home ground.”

    Mr Sibraa said the new facility under the grandstand would be shared between sporting groups, charities and other community groups.

    “The plans include meeting rooms for local organisations and offices for community groups,” he said. “It will essentially be a shared facility that probably wouldn’t be funded anywhere else.”

    Mr Sibraa said he was hopeful this submission would be successful.

    “The previous federal government had two safe seats here on the northern beaches and failed to provide the money,” he said. “We’re hopeful of securing funding.”

    Warringah administrator Dick Persson has offered to underwrite the $25 million works on the sports ground provided the State and Federal governments pay up within three years.
  2. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +516 / 0
    It'll be difficult getting money out of the Federal Government.  Last time I spoke to Albanese he said that as a Souths fan why would he give Manly anything.  He hates us. 
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,438 / 74
    on the front page for you

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