Queensland Treasurer and Sports Minister Terry Mackenroth yesterday
made the Gold Coast City Council an extraordinary offer it can’t
possibly refuse.

The state government has moved quickly to try and tie-up the 16th NRL
club expansion slot by offering to build an all new $100 million plus
stadium if Rugby League gives the Gold Coast the nod.

The council meets this afternoon to vote to endorse not only the
government’s generosity, but to fulfill its end of the bargain struck
yesterday between Mackenroth and Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke, whereby
the council will be required to provide the land at no cost to the
government to build any new stadium.

You can read it here including our discussions with Mayor Clarke today
ahead of this meeting, in which he makes it clear he sees the
government offer as generous in the extreme, but he also still sees a
place for a future AFL team based on the Gold Coast.

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