'A stadium on northside would be as popular as sound shell'
FORMER Keppel MP hits out at Bruce Young's stance on the proposed site for a stadium and convention centre in the region.
Paul Hoolihan has written a Letter to the Editor in response to today's stories about sitting MP Bruce Young's stance on sites.
Paul Hoolihan's Letter to the Editor:
I must express amusement and concern for the sudden experts who have emerged on a Stadium and Convention Centre for Rockhampton.
Having had close discussions with the CQ NRL bid consortium and the Minister for Sports during my time as the Member for Keppel, the detail available made it clear that successful stadia around the world are those which have some proximity to accommodation and within walking distance for patrons from the city centre.
A stadium on the northern side of the university would have about the same popularity as the Sound Shell which was a great venue but ignored by most patrons. Bruce Young should set the alarm tomorrow morning and wake up.
One of the best sports stadium in the world is Suncorp Stadium on Lang Park. It is also serviced by rail access and a very efficient bus service. CBus Stadium at the Gold Coast (Titans home ground) has limited parking as it is a short walk to rail and bus services. Each Sydney or Melbourne Stadium has good public transport which leaves a pleasant walk to each venue. Montreal in Canada and South African venues are other examples.
To indicate that adequate parking will be available outside the city area is to deny the large number of private vehicles which would be used to ferry a 20000 crowd to any venue.
Have a look at parking for the Heritage Village which is only a stones' throw from the north side of the university and see the problems with parking.
Central Queensland needs a convention centre for 1000 at the very least and to build the stadium in conjunction would save construction costs.
Let the design experts work on the original position covering the showgrounds, Rockhampton High and the present area of the CQ NRL Bid League Club and hopefully this region will go ahead in leaps and bounds from the Conventioneering traffic and, hopefully, a CQ NRL team.