Board of Stadiums Queensland replaced

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The Palaszczuk Government has sensationally replaced the board of Stadiums Queensland amid complaints the body is price gouging the state’s top football clubs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk vowed that heads would roll after an investigation by The Sunday Mail exposed the financial burden that the Government body’s soaring rents and levies at major venues imposed on struggling sporting clubs.

Sports Minister Mick de Brenni yesterday confirmed the Government had moved to “refresh” the board in a shift he said would help modernise the operation.

A source said the sacked board had been blindsided, believing they had always done a good job.

New board members will include former Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant, north Queensland lawyer Amanda Shircore, health fund executive Cathy McGuane, Greg Webb and Therese Smith.

Chairwoman Sophie Devitt will stay on during the transition and then step down.

Stadiums Queensland manages major venues, including Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba, Townsville’s 1300 SMILES Stadium, Metricon Stadium and the Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium.

The NRL confirmed its Queensland-based club paid more in rent and operating costs than anywhere else. The Titans rent Cbus Stadium for $110,000 a game and haven’t signed a contract with Stadiums Queensland since 2016.

The Gold Coast Suns pay $8 a ticket in operational costs, compared to $1.20 paid by the biggest AFL and NRL clubs in Australia.

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