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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21967495-661,00.html

SYDNEY raiders have set their sights on grabbing the Australian Open tennis and the Formula One and motorcycle grands prix.

They have already held talks with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone.


Also part of NSW Premier Morris Iemma's $85 million major events blueprint are rugby union's Bledisloe Cup, rugby league's State of Origin, and international soccer friendly matches.

Mr Iemma's new major events corporation, modelled on Victoria's, will be chaired by senior rugby league official John O'Neill.

The Herald Sun has been told that Mr Ecclestone recently met Sydney officials who were trying to poach both the motorcycle and F1 grands prix.

Asked if NSW would poach Victoria's events, Mr Iemma's spokesman said: "We will be competing for events right across the spectrum, regardless of where they are held, and nothing will be ruled out."

Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding accused Sydney of copying Melbourne, while Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker warned the NSW Government it would have to act quickly to challenge Victoria.

Victoria's major events corporation chief Sir Rod Eddington said NSW's push potentially would make things harder for Victoria.

"We are in competition for major events, not just competition from NSW but from a range of places," he said.

Sir Rod revealed 20 Singaporean officials had been in Melbourne during the GP in March, and were keen to bid for the event when the GP contract expires in 2010.

"NSW's entry into this simply means the competition increases," Sir Rod said.

He described Mr O'Neill as a well-regarded, "substantial player", whose appointment as interim chairman of Sydney's major events corporation showed how serious the NSW Government was about building a reputation for major events.

"We will cope with whatever competition comes our way," Sir Rod said.

NSW lost out to Victoria on hosting golf's The Presidents Cup in 2011 and is unhappy about State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup games being played here.

The two states are likely to do battle for soccer's World Cup in 2018.

Mr Iemma said yesterday that Mr O'Neill would drive a more aggressive approach to attracting major events.

His state would get "back in the game when it comes to major events".

Melbourne built its major events reputation partly by poaching events.

The Australian Open was lured from Sydney and the GP was poached from Adelaide.

Mr Holding dismissed the challenge from NSW, saying this weekend alone people in Melbourne could attend the Bledisloe Cup, the opening of the Guggenheim and Pixar exhibitions, or the musical Miss Saigon.

"Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery," he said.

"NSW copying Victoria's major events model is an endorsement of our highly successful major events strategy.

"Victoria recognised long ago what Sydney is finally starting to realise – major events draw tourist numbers, promote the state in international markets and drive economic growth."

Peak tourism group TTF Australia urged NSW and Victoria to join in a bid for the World Cup.

"Events like the World Cup are too big for one state," managing director Christopher Brown said.

^^ These are some of the only reasons that Melbourne is known to the world! If Sydney took these away, Melbourne will be unknown to the rest of the world like it was before we got these events.

Sydney has enough shit that makes them famous, so why must they steal from other cities who are known for these events just to increase their stardom?

Go on Sydney!! Take the Melbourne Cup as well while you're at it!!
 

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Sydney pinching Melbourne events has been working 'great' so far. Sin City has lost this year's Bledisloe Cup to Bleak Town. :cheers:

Thanks suckers! :cheers2:
 

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Australian Open tennis.....BITCH PLEASE!
 

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Australian Tennis agreed in the 70s to give the Open a permanent home in Melbourne. I cannot see that moving.
 

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SYDNEY raiders have set their sights on grabbing the Australian Open tennis and the Formula One and motorcycle grands prix.

They have already held talks with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone.


Also part of NSW Premier Morris Iemma's $85 million major events blueprint are rugby union's Bledisloe Cup, rugby league's State of Origin, and international soccer friendly matches.

Mr Iemma's new major events corporation, modelled on Victoria's, will be chaired by senior rugby league official John O'Neill.

The Herald Sun has been told that Mr Ecclestone recently met Sydney officials who were trying to poach both the motorcycle and F1 grands prix.

Asked if NSW would poach Victoria's events, Mr Iemma's spokesman said: "We will be competing for events right across the spectrum, regardless of where they are held, and nothing will be ruled out."

Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding accused Sydney of copying Melbourne, while Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker warned the NSW Government it would have to act quickly to challenge Victoria.

Victoria's major events corporation chief Sir Rod Eddington said NSW's push potentially would make things harder for Victoria.

"We are in competition for major events, not just competition from NSW but from a range of places," he said.

Sir Rod revealed 20 Singaporean officials had been in Melbourne during the GP in March, and were keen to bid for the event when the GP contract expires in 2010.

"NSW's entry into this simply means the competition increases," Sir Rod said.

He described Mr O'Neill as a well-regarded, "substantial player", whose appointment as interim chairman of Sydney's major events corporation showed how serious the NSW Government was about building a reputation for major events.

"We will cope with whatever competition comes our way," Sir Rod said.

NSW lost out to Victoria on hosting golf's The Presidents Cup in 2011 and is unhappy about State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup games being played here.

The two states are likely to do battle for soccer's World Cup in 2018.

Mr Iemma said yesterday that Mr O'Neill would drive a more aggressive approach to attracting major events.

His state would get "back in the game when it comes to major events".

Melbourne built its major events reputation partly by poaching events.

The Australian Open was lured from Sydney and the GP was poached from Adelaide.

Mr Holding dismissed the challenge from NSW, saying this weekend alone people in Melbourne could attend the Bledisloe Cup, the opening of the Guggenheim and Pixar exhibitions, or the musical Miss Saigon.

"Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery," he said.

"NSW copying Victoria's major events model is an endorsement of our highly successful major events strategy.

"Victoria recognised long ago what Sydney is finally starting to realise – major events draw tourist numbers, promote the state in international markets and drive economic growth."

Peak tourism group TTF Australia urged NSW and Victoria to join in a bid for the World Cup.

"Events like the World Cup are too big for one state," managing director Christopher Brown said.

^^ These are some of the only reasons that Melbourne is known to the world! If Sydney took these away, Melbourne will be unknown to the rest of the world like it was before we got these events.

Sydney has enough shit that makes them famous, so why must they steal from other cities who are known for these events just to increase their stardom?

Go on Sydney!! Take the Melbourne Cup as well while you're at it!!
Qantas how many times do you have to be told to add the source of the article? What are you, 5?
 

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PS the Australian Open was never a Sydney event. It used to be rotated between the capitals. In 1972 they decided to leave it in Melbourne because it got by far the largest crowds. Thats why we have such a strong events reputation, cause we consistently get the biggest crowds. Sydney can crow all it wants about stealing major events, but unless Sydney-siders turn up then it will all be for nought...
 

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I don't think there is need for such hysteria... Melbourne has always had to compete for these events, from far greater adversaries than Sydney for some of them, just cause Sydney has thrown its hat in the ring doesn't mean the competition is over...
 

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imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se
continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat,
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... iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli
uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim
imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se
continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat,
panem et circenses. ...
(Juvenal, Satire 10.77-81)

:applause:

Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man,
the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time
handed out military command, high civil office, legions - everything, now
restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things:

Bread and Circuses
 

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^^ Does this mean the end for the Australian empire?
 

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^^ These are some of the only reasons that Melbourne is known to the world! If Sydney took these away, Melbourne will be unknown to the rest of the world like it was before we got these events.

Sydney has enough shit that makes them famous, so why must they steal from other cities who are known for these events just to increase their stardom?

Go on Sydney!! Take the Melbourne Cup as well while you're at it!!
Oh Christ! :lol:

This ones a keeper.
 

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GP in Sydney? Where?? On some shit-hole suburban track, because I really can't see a viable street circuit anywhere with syndey's narrow roads. Its bad enough having a GP at Albert park!!! If Australia is going to keep the GP it should go back to the best street circuit in the world, Adelaide (yes it is better than Monaco because you can actually race, unlike Monaco, Monaco has setting/historical value though, but as a spectacle it isn't that good)

GP in October/November at the end of the season would be ideal, so we can recreate Adelaide's party-gp of the late 80s/early 90s.
 

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If Melbourne lost the tennis. It would go to a European site or Asia somewhere.

Maybe Rome, Montreal or Tokyo.

Sydney ain't got the money. Simple as that.

As for the GP, really who gives a shit. Take it. You guys will only lose it and it would end up overseas. It is just money down the drain whoever gets it. It is on at 3am on Sunday morning in London. Noone watches it.

Why don't you take the Melbourne Storm? Or better still take Collingwood and shove them out at Homebush. The club and their supporters would fit in nicely in that part of Sydney. It would raise the collective IQ's of both Sydney and Melbourne. A win-win situation for both towns.
 

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Sydney (like everywhere else) will not be able to win and host these events if they aren't prepared to pay for them.

A good example is the Australian Open. Where are they supposed to host it in Sydney? At Homebush? To replicate the facilities and infrastructure at Melbourne Park would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
 

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GP in Sydney? Where?? On some shit-hole suburban track, because I really can't see a viable street circuit anywhere with syndey's narrow roads. Its bad enough having a GP at Albert park!!! If Australia is going to keep the GP it should go back to the best street circuit in the world, Adelaide (yes it is better than Monaco because you can actually race, unlike Monaco, Monaco has setting/historical value though, but as a spectacle it isn't that good)

GP in October/November at the end of the season would be ideal, so we can recreate Adelaide's party-gp of the late 80s/early 90s.
Where in Sydney?
Upgrade and extend Eastern Creek south through the new Drag centre.
A circuit around the Penrith Lakes development.
A street circuit around Homebush Olympic Park.
Use the old Scholfields Naval airfield right on the Richmond train line.
A curcuit between Richmond and Windsor with rail access.
A street curcuit around North Head.
Kurnell right on the beach.
Or maybe even Bathurst.
 

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I think the F1 should stay where it is - after all, the rape of Albert Park, and cutting down of numerous 100-year-old trees, shouldn't go to waste. ;) But if Sydney did get it, it would only be stealing in the sense that Melbourne 'stole' it from Adelaide.
 

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Sydney (like everywhere else) will not be able to win and host these events if they aren't prepared to pay for them.

A good example is the Australian Open. Where are they supposed to host it in Sydney? At Homebush? To replicate the facilities and infrastructure at Melbourne Park would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
The old Olympic venue would need to double in size.
The whole international tennis centre cost $40m to build 7 years ago.
It would be a good opportunity to rebuild the State Sports centre and expand courts onto the driving range next door.
 
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