Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has had a funding request for the Perth Stadium development turned down by the country’s Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.
McGowan contacted Turnbull in May over the possibility of the Federal Government providing a contribution towards the A$1.45bn (€975m/$1.14bn) facility but The West Australian reports that that request has now been turned down.
According to the newspaper, Turnbull pointed out in a return letter that his government had recently provided West Australia with a A$1.6bn fee to spent on road, rail and infrastructure.
McGowan has hit out at Turnbull’s response and highlighted the fact that large-scale venues in other areas of Australia have benefited from government funding in the past.
“It’s especially disappointing when federal governments in the past have been happy to make significant contributions to other stadium developments across the country,” McGowan said, according to The West Australian.
“Once again our state has been treated poorly compared to the other states. Once again, we’ve been short-changed.”
Perth Stadium is due to open in early 2018. The 60,000-seat stadium will host a range of sports including cricket, AFL Aussie rules and rugby, as well as music concerts.
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