BY STAFF WRITERS
You still don’t know who to vote for on Saturday? This might help.
Politicians are evil, soulless things but they sure don’t mind throwing cash at our rugby league clubs.
Here’s a few of the highlights ahead of the election.
North Queensland Cowboys: The Federal Government and opposition have both already promised the Cowboys $15 million to help build a centre of excellence. The project will cost $50 million in total with a brand new stadium currently being built in the centre of Townsville.
Parramatta Eels: The Federal Government will bankroll Parramatta’s new high performance centre in Kellyville if it retains power on the weekend. The complex will cost $40 million. Construction would begin in around two years time. “We have a lot of junior league teams out here,” Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said recently. ”A large number of our members reside in The Hills district.” The annoucement comes on the back of the recent opening of the ultra-impressive Bankwest Stadium.
Wests Tigers: The club has raised $18 million with Labor candidate for Reid, Sam Crosby, promising $5 million for the project to be built in Concord. The precinct will also include classrooms, cafe, indoor sports courts and and a lecture room.
Manly Sea Eagles: CEO Lyall Gorman has been moved out of his current role to watch over the creation of the club’s new training base and grandstand after securing $32.5 million from state and federal government.
Canberra Raiders: The ACT Government and the Raiders are sweating on the outcome of the Federal election and what happens with the AIS. The club is desperate to build a new stadium closer to the city centre.
Penrith Panthers: The club’s Panthers on the Prowl community program has been promised $170,000 by the Liberal and Labor party candidates from Lindsay ahead of the election.
South Sydney Rabbitohs: Randwick Council has already settled on a 21-year lease arrangement with the Rabbitohs for the $25 million performance centre to be built at Heffron Park. ”This is footy heartland right here,” Souths great John Sutton said. ”Some people underestimate that. Footy brings a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people in this area.”