Posted on 16. May, 2012 in News

The Sports Minister has been left red faced after losing two major athletics events to interstate rivals just a day after gloating about the construction of a new athletics track, Shadow Minister for Sports and Recreation John Eren said today.

During a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, Hugh Delahunty boasted about the new $60 million Lakeside Stadium. But today it’s been revealed Melbourne has lost the National Athletics Titles to NSW and the National Junior Titles to Perth.

“Victoria’s is going backwards under Ted Baillieu and the loss of these important athletic events highlights that this Government just doesn’t care about ensuring our state remains the sporting capital of the nation,” Mr Eren said.

“The threat now is that the $60 million dollar stadium could become the Baillieu Government’s white elephant,” Mr Eren said.

“Sporting events not only put Victoria on the world sporting stage but are important to the local economy adding more than $1 billion to the economy each year.

“Mr Delahunty and the Premier need to wake up and start fighting off challenges from other states or otherwise Victoria will continue to lose world class sporting events.

“Victoria didn’t win the title of the world’s best sports city by accident – it took hard work by the former Labor Government to not only secure, but to retain important events in the state.

“The Baillieu Government’s inaction is now threatening Victoria’s enviable reputation as the nation’s sporting capital.”


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