Federal Minister Stuart Robert and Fisher MP Andrew Wallace at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Federal Minister Stuart Robert and Fisher MP Andrew Wallace at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

No cash but time for a tour, Minister visits Coast stadium

A Federal Government minister has toured the Sunshine Coast Stadium but there's still no cash amid the funding shortfall debacle.

The project remains up in the air following news the Federal Government had withdrawn plans to provide $20 million in the upcoming budget.

A combined $48 million had already been secured for the $68 million project.

Community have say on stadium upgrade

What they said: Coast identities have say on stadium

Federal National Disability Insurance Scheme and Government Services Minister Stuart Robert toured the facility on Thursday with the Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace.

Despite mounting pressure funds may be pulled by Coast philanthropist Roy Thompson if the Federal Government doesn't come to the party, Mr Wallace said he remained committed to seeking the funding.

"So far we have not been able to secure Federal Government funding for Sunshine Coast Stadium, but I do not take no for an answer," he said.

"I am continuing to advocate for the project with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Prime Minister and the Treasurer and I will take every opportunity to promote it among my colleagues in Canberra."

The proposed $68 million design to upgrade the stadium would increase the fixed seating capacity from the existing 1000 to about 12,000 seats.

The Sunshine Coast Stadium has been identified as a venue for football matches during the proposed 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mr Wallace said he was grateful to his federal counterpart for visiting the stadium, even though the project was outside his ministerial responsibilities.

"The Sunshine Coast certainly have an excellent local champion in Andrew Wallace," Mr Robert said.

"I have been working toward securing funding for this project for more than two years and I won't be giving up," Mr Wallace said.



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