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Discussion in 'Brisbane Lions' started by Ironmonger, May 7, 2014.
Hammo and the club working hand in glove to keep the pressure on.
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Springfield is in for $18m, still waiting on Mick Power to put his hand in his pocket...
Please don't let facts get in the way of my melt fellas.
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How can we expect funding when there are 100's of millions be spent on really important stuff like the gay marriage plebiscite because the government wont make an obvious and easy decision ..
Yeah hopefully this is just a case of the government wanting to delay funding until they can use it as election pork, in which case we need to talk to the LNP as well.
So sick of this shit.
If the Afl want to broadcast at Night for the womens game then they should pay for the lights as required.
Therefore leaving both state and federal governments needing to find about 15 to 20 mil between them for the stands rather than 30 mil.
But I think it has had the sniff of an election promise for a while.
We have gone full circle. At least we have the funding to get the T&A base up and going.
The remaining $30M will be for the grandstand only?
and lighting suitable for TV to broadcast AFLW games at night
Full page ad in today's CM promoting keeping Harness Racing at Albion Park and giving prominent reference to use as a venue for AFLW. This Ad would probably have been funded by Kevin Seymour a seriously wealthy Qlder. No lighting problem there ! Could also house office and training facilities. This is a serious alternative to Springfield that keeps the Lions home in Brisbane. It needs renewed attention from Swanny and the board. It should be investigated without prejudice.
Probably a bit too late for that mate.
There would be no option for a stadium there at all with the track still there. If it was a realistic option it wouldnt have been one of the many discounted and ruled out.
This is a new option proposed by The Harness Racing Club who are fighting to retain their heritage at the Creek. It is a redevelopment of the complete site. It is not what the Lions have considered a year ago or two years ago Fatcat08. They are not just proposing to stick an undersized oval on the middle of the existing track BRAB. There is $63 million in the Racing Development Fund potentially available for use or a self funded separate proposal from Kevin Seymour of the Harness club. Springfield is far from a fait accompli. It has financial and political problems that remain unresolved. The Libs are reticent to spend funds in Labor safe seats. Albion Park sits in contestable political territory with Labor and Libs both seeing potential in the surrounding Brisbane central seats. Labor also has to do something very quickly with an election looming to sort out the mess they have made of Racing in general. This new proposal got legs and funds and personally i see a better future for the Lions in Brisbane heartland. At least a look at the Facebook site and read the article before dismissing this as a viable option.
If the oval is big enough, can't see why it wouldn't work. Doesn't matter if there is a trotting track around the outside if we have all other requirements there.
We would just have to work in with their race days and trials....no biggy imo, can be worked around.
I'm not sure the opinion of us on BF matters a heap on this one...? I'm assuming that if people posting Albion Park are in any way competent they have already booked their meeting with the Lions? Or is it just a Facebook page and proposal?
I may be cynical but..
If they are making a last minute bid it shows that they are not serious about helping us - they have had plenty of years to show consideration to us. To me it could be a case of well we have failed to get what we want lets look at who has money and see how we can get our hands on that.
That is how it very much came across to myself as well... "Our place is in danger, so let's see who we can rope in.". Doesn't feel great for ongoing collaboration, ala Mr Kevin Mitchell.
I still wonder about kevs retirement. Gotta think the timing says kev you need to change and he couldn't cope with that.
Could it be possible they didn't know we were looking for somewhere?....afterall, we don't get a lot of exposure of our inner workings or needs up there.
We've had a lot of media coverage on this issue over the past 5 years in the local paper. And around election time and whenever large government grants are discussed. No way they've missed it especially as they are competing for government $.
The land is owned by Racing Queensland, who have separate plans for it.
No rent for 99 years
$18mil from Springfield
$12mil from Ippy council
None of that on offer at Albion.
Free tickets to the trots?
I already get that ..... when I eat too much chocolate......
The first thing people always forget when proposing an alternate site...
In what way does any of the above have to do with the lions afl or aflw sides? One synthetic AFL field in the middle of a track isn't going to suit the needs of a football club.
The whole thing strikes me as a last resort to try to grab onto some political capital at the last minute