The Liberal party pledged $10m if elected: Liberal party website: If elected, a Coalition government will provide $10 million to support an upgrade of Brookvale Oval. Brookvale Oval is the only ground between Sydney Harbour and Gosford that meets NRL standards. The upgrade will allow for the construction of covered seating for over 4,000 fans as well as provide much-needed community facilities. The Manly Sea Eagles have played at Brookvale Oval since 1947 and the facilities have not kept pace with the modern expectations of an NRL venue. The Coalition’s commitment will support plans developed by the Sea Eagles to construct an undercover grandstand on the Eastern side of the ground. The Coalition supported funding for an upgrade of Brookvale Oval at both the 2007 and 2010 elections. At both elections, Labor refused to support the upgrade. At this election, only hours after going into the caretaker period, Labor announced support for the upgrade. However, no contract had been signed. If Labor were serious about upgrading Brookvale Oval, they would have delivered during the past six years and would have signed a contract before the start of the caretaker period. Only the Coalition can be trusted to deliver the Brookvale Oval upgrade and better sporting facilities for the Northern Beaches. This upgrade of Brookvale Oval is Stage One of the Sea Eagles’ plan to modernise the ground which includes community and teaching facilities as well as a partnership with its neighbour, St Augustine’s College. The Coalition’s commitment is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future for all Australians. Both Tony Abbot AND Mike Baird claim to be long time Manly supporters. If we cant get this to happen now, in the next 24 months, then we never will. This is our opportunity. Each of these governments may well be chucked out at their next respective elections. We have also had interest from the Central Coast Mariners saying they want to play at Fortress Brookvale. The position of the Warringah Council appears,overall, to be one of opposition. The local residents would be a mixed bag. Also $10mil is nowhere near enough to upgrade it properly. There is no point doing some kind of half-assed job; it has to stand the test of time; it will be all we get for 50 years. Most of us will be long gone when there is another comparable FB upgrade like the one that is needed now. Pirtek Stadium had big dollars spent on it and now there is talk of ANOTHER $120 mil UPGRADE. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/eels-wanderers-unveil-120m-plan-to-upgrade-pirtek-stadium-20140426-zqzzv.html We all need to start voting "independent" and turn the local electorates (State, Fed) into swinging, precipitously unpredictable seats !, cause that is the only way this is likely to happen for us. Politicians only really fear 1 thing : Loss of Power. This is the REAL ISSUE. Player retention, contracts, disharmony is a News Corp smoke screen. Hook line and sinker all of us.: Dave Smith and Todd Greenslime also need to have their 'longevity' put on the line, because of the ridiculous anti suburban ground stance they have taken. Short term monetary gain is not in the game's long term interest. WE THE FANS demand better.