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Department of State Growth

Establishing Stadiums Tasmania

Stadiums Tasmania is being established as a new statutory entity to oversee the management and development of Tasmania’s major public stadium assets and infrastructure.

Stadiums Tasmania will centralise the ownership, management, and capital development of our major stadiums under a single entity with a statewide perspective. It will ensure the stadiums operate effectively and efficiently and that they continue to meet the future needs of sporting codes, other users, and audiences. This approach aligns Tasmania with the approach adopted by other states, where national standard stadiums are managed by Government.

Initially Stadiums Tasmania is expected to assume responsibility for up to four stadiums. MyState Bank Arena and the Silverdome, which are already owned by the Tasmanian Government and will transfer. The inclusion of Blundstone Arena and University of Tasmania (UTas) Stadium is yet to be confirmed, and remains subject to negotiations with their respective owners.

Parliament has started to debate the Stadiums Tasmania Bill 2021, which has passed the House of Assembly. Unfortunately, the Legislative Council was not able to consider the Bill before it rose for the Summer recess. It is anticipated it will reconvene and consider the Bill in March/April 2022. As a result, this has delayed our plans to establish Stadiums Tasmania.

As indicated in the October 2021 Project Update, a decision has been made to create Stadiums Tasmania using two distinct pieces of legislation. The subsequent bill is being prepared over Summer for tabling in Autumn 2022. Further details on how Stadiums Tasmania will be established and commence operations will continue to be released during 2022.

Overview

In April 2021 the Tasmanian Government announced plans to establish Stadiums Tasmania, a new statutory entity, to oversee the management and development of Tasmania’s major public stadium assets and infrastructure.

The establishment of Stadiums Tasmania will centralise the ownership, management, and capital development of these assets under a single entity with a statewide perspective. Stadiums Tasmania will ensure the effective and efficient operation of these assets; ensure they remain fit for purpose; continue to meet the future needs of sporting codes, other users, and audiences; and further develop staff expertise in stadium management.

Historically, the management, and development of these assets has occurred without the benefit of an overarching statewide strategy. Establishing Stadiums Tasmania will address this issue and align Tasmania with the approach adopted by other states, where national standard stadiums are managed by Government.

Together with establishing Stadiums Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government has also committed $76 million to upgrade Blundstone Arena, Silverdome and UTas Stadium; plans to seek extra funding for UTas Stadium; and will continue to redevelop MyState Bank Arena, the former Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC).

Infrastructure Tasmania (ITas), is facilitating the establishment Stadiums Tasmania and these upgrades.

Frequently asked questions

Why establish Stadiums Tasmania?

Stadiums Tasmania is being established to better coordinate the management and future development of Tasmania’s major public stadiums and related assets.

It will help to facilitate and enhance Tasmania’s ability to engage with major national and international sporting competitions, entertainment, and events, and better plan and target future capital investment for stadium assets.

It will also continue to provide access to local organisations, while helping to generate employment and grow local economies and wider visitor economy.

Currently, there is no clear mechanism that provides a statewide perspective or ensures appropriate levels of investment are planned. Without an overarching strategic approach, stadiums can lose their relevance and appeal, deteriorate, and ultimately cost significantly more to use, maintain, and revitalise.

Establishing Stadiums Tasmania will centralise the ownership, management, and future development of our stadiums under a single entity with a statewide perspective. It will enable each to operate effectively and efficiently and meet the diverse needs of sporting codes and competitions, users, and audiences.

Why do we need a new statutory authority?

The Tasmanian Government recognises the management of major public stadiums is a highly specialised function and quite distinct from the traditional roles that have historically been fulfilled by government agencies.

Stadiums Tasmania will bring together the right mix of expertise and resources for each stadium to operate effectively and efficiently, position them to continue to develop and meet the future needs of the various communities, sporting codes, other users, and audiences that benefit from their existence.

What is the plan and timeframe?

Stadiums Tasmania is expected to be established in the first half of 2022. The Stadiums Tasmania Bill 2021 has been passed by the House of Assembly. The Bill is expected to be considered by the Legislative Council in March/April 2022. Its passage will enable Stadiums Tasmania to commence shortly afterwards.

The bill’s commencement will enable the leadership of Stadiums Tasmania to be appointed, including its Chairperson, Board Members, Chief Executive Officer and initial employees.

Effort is currently focused on confirming how each of the initial stadiums proposed to transfer operates; developing profiles for these stadiums; developing the proposed business model for Stadiums Tasmania; and determining what needs to be agreed with each of the stadium owners to facilitate the transfer process.

The stadiums will continue to be managed and operated by their current owners on a business-as-usual basis, until they transfer on a mutually agreed date.

Which stadiums are expected to transfer?

MyState Bank Arena (MSBA) in Hobart and the Silverdome in Launceston are both owned by the Government and will transfer to Stadiums Tasmania. UTas Stadium is expected to transfer next if this can be negotiated with the City of Launceston.

These transfers are expected to commence from mid-2022.

The inclusion of Blundstone Arena is subject to further discussion and negotiations with the owners of this venue - the City of Clarence and Cricket Tasmania.

In the future, additional stadiums and related assets may transfer to Stadiums Tasmania, where this is able to be negotiated and agreed.

Will Stadiums Tasmania develop new stadiums?

The Bill gives Stadiums Tasmania the ability to develop new stadiums.

However, responsibility for developing any new stadiums in the future, along with the necessary resources, would be determined by the Tasmanian Government.

It is expected other areas of Government, like Infrastructure Tasmania, will play a role in supporting Stadiums Tasmania to deliver projects of this nature.

Why have a skills-based Board?

A skills-based Board with specific essential qualifications, experience and expertise identified in the Bill will position Stadiums Tasmania to be soundly governed and make informed decisions that best support its functions, powers, and obligations.

Key bodies and local government will continue to play an important role in supporting Stadiums Tasmania to identify opportunities to provide content that responds to the needs of the local, regional, and wider community.

The Bill also contains provisions that enable the Board to form committees. This positions Stadiums Tasmania to be able to discuss and explore its needs. This mechanism is expected to be useful in facilitating regular dialogue with key stakeholders, giving them an avenue to provide advice to the Board.

Why have five to seven Board members?

The provisions in the Bill that govern the Board’s size give the Minster for State Development, Construction and Housing the ability to appoint between five and seven members. This will enable the size of the Board to be adjusted and reflect its strategic needs, required skillset and complexity of operations.

Why table the Bill before all transfer details are known?

Stadiums Tasmania is being established in a staged manner. This approach recognises the complexity of merging multiple stadiums, operated in quite different ways, into a single entity. It will also enable Stadiums Tasmania to begin to operate and have its leadership help inform the due diligence and transfer processes.

The Stadiums Tasmania Bill 2021 will create Stadiums Tasmania and give it the leadership it needs to: start to operate; establish its organisational structure and operating model; and help determine how the stadiums, related assets, liabilities, agreements, and employees proposed to transfer should transfer.

A second Bill is expected to be tabled in the first half of 2022. It will provide Stadiums Tasmania with the ability to transfer current stadium employees into the organisation and provide a mechanism under which all agreed stadium assets, contracts, liabilities, employees and employee entitlements are able to transfer.

What about vendors, tenants, and contractors?

Wherever possible, existing leases, licences, vendors, tenants, and contractors that currently service or operate from each of the affected stadiums will transfer to Stadiums Tasmania with each stadium, preserving the current arrangements.

This aims to ensure the stadium’s smooth transition and will maintain the status quo. Before the transfers can occur, entities directly affected will be contacted and the transition process will be able to be explored with each of them.

Will the needs of local groups still be met?

The Bill explicitly recognises the role Stadiums Tasmania and the stadiums it operates will continue to have in hosting state and local competitions, events and organisations.  The functions in the Bill specify that Stadiums Tasmania is to:

  • continue to host state and local content;
  • proactively communicate and engage with stadium users; and
  • facilitate Tasmania’s engagement in statewide and local competitions.

Where do I find a copy of the Bill?

Once the Bill is tabled it is made available on the Parliament website: www.parliament.tas.gov.au/Bills/mainbill.html

What if I have a question?

While Stadiums Tasmania is being established, individual stadiums will continue to operate as usual. If you have a question about a specific stadium, please continue to liaise with your usual contact person at the stadium that you are involved. This aims to keep things as business as usual for staff, users, local groups, and others.

Contact us

If you would like further information, please email us itas@stategrowth.tas.gov.au or phone (03) 6166 4921.

Contact us

If you would like further information, please email us itas@stategrowth.tas.gov.au or phone (03) 6166 4921.