‘Cricket express’ deal up in the air

An image of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.
An image of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide | The State Government is yet to strike a deal with the Stadium Management Authority to fund special buses to carry patrons to international cricket matches at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval.

Extra buses to carry fans to and from the venue are planned, according to a strategy document released earlier this year.

A senior public transport bureaucrat has revealed that the Government wants to introduce a “footy express” style service for the cricket, where fans get their travel free with their match-day entry ticket.

The cost of footy express buses, which have carried crowds to AAMI Stadium for many years, are incorporated into the football ticket price, and the Government wants a similar deal with the cricket.

However, Bill Fragoulis, executive director of Public Transport Services at the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, said an agreement on funding the services was yet to be struck.

“At the moment, we’re looking at footy games with 50,000 people and catering to 50 per cent of that crowd,” Fragoulis said yesterday at the SA Transport Infrastructure Summit.

“At AAMI Stadium we’ve catered [to] up to 18 per cent of the crowd, we know it’s going to be much bigger at Adelaide Oval.

“The cricket, we’re trying to get them on board to fund some of it, that’s what we’re trying to do.

“That is the sticking point. It’s all about funding at the end of the day, because these are pass-through costs to the bus operators at the end of the day, someone has to fund these things.”

Clarifying his comments this morning Fragoulis said the service details hadn’t been finalised yet so his department was yet to put a funding figure to the Stadium Management Authority.

The SMA is a joint venture made up of the SANFL and the South Australian Cricket Association.

Fragoulis dismissed the possibility that commuters would be impacted if the SMA didn’t come to the table to fund the service.

If that did occur extra buses would be run anyway but patrons would be expected to pay for them – just as with a regular bus service.

That footy express model uses a slice of revenue from the cost of a ticket to the game – under an agreement struck with SANFL – plus additional sponsorship from SA Lotteries to pay for the extra buses.

The deal allows commuters with a match ticket to ride free. Before the deal was struck, the extra buses still ran but commuters were required to buy a bus ticket to ride them.

The Transport Department is required by legislation to have a strategy for a 70 per cent public transport mode share to the Oval on match days.

That strategy is still being developed and has not yet been released. The department this morning declined to say when that might be.

The first game played at Adelaide Oval, an Ashes test on December 5, is not likely to be supported with additional public transport services.

A spokesperson for the SMA said because the stadium would be only partially finished with a capacity of 35,000 by the time of the Test there was no need for additional services.

“Adelaide Oval will not be its at full capacity for the Ashes Test so there will be no change to the services that have been offered in the past, when previous Test matches have been successfully hosted,” the spokesperson said.

“The SMA is continuing discussions with all relevant parties to establish an Adelaide Oval Football Express, based on the same model as has been successfully used at AAMI Stadium.”

The first three days of Adelaide Oval’s Ashes test are sold out.

Late last year the State Government released its Report on Public Transport Strategies for Adelaide Oval Events.

The document suggests extra services for major events may be paid for by increasing the event ticket price.

“Based on experiences in South Australia and interstate, key factors which are critical to successful public transport for major events include: public transport fares are included in the event ticket price.”

Under current arrangements extra buses are run to the first two days of test matches. The strategy suggests this arrangement would be maintained.

A spokesperson for the Minister for Transport Services Chloe Fox said the Government was continuing to work on a public transport strategy for the Oval.

“To ensure we have a smooth transition to the new stadium facilities, DPTI is working through the details of a comprehensive transport strategy with SMA and Adelaide City Council.  Once the details of that strategy have been finalised, the Government will share them with the South Australian public.”

 Next
 Prev

Highlights

WorkCover liability to reduce to “zero”
WorkCover liability to reduce to “zero”

Adelaide | Industrial relations minister John Rau says WorkCover’s unfunded liability will fall to zero in July 2015 when a new scheme begins operating.

The Weatherill Government yesterday achieved what the Rann Government could not – and that is to completely overhaul the state’s Full Story »

Restaurant review: Sean’s Kitchen
Restaurant review: Sean’s Kitchen

RESTAURANT REVIEW | In a battle of the big-name additions to Adelaide’s dining scene, Sean’s Kitchen comes out a clear winner.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is the first of two new restaurants being opened by SkyCity on North Terrace.

Tucked down Station Road, Sean’s Kit Full Story »

Push to create 40-year SA arts vision
Push to create 40-year SA arts vision

Members of South Australia’s creative community will come together next week to begin forming a vision for the arts for the next 40 years.

A two-day forum at the Adelaide Town Hall has been organised by the Arts Industry Council of SA (AICSA), with co-chair Gail Kovatseff saying participants wil Full Story »

What’s on in South Australia
What’s on in South Australia

WEEKEND PICKS | This weekend’s entertainment ranges from a retro music trip in the Barossa to writer Lally Katz’s one-woman show about her psychic odyssey in New York.

Other events include the Iranian Film Festival at the Mercury Cinema, Gawler Jazz Festival, Opera SA’s Otello, and Maori regga Full Story »

Stories I Want to Tell You in Person
Stories I Want to Tell You in Person

THEATRE REVIEW | Stories I Want to Tell You in Person is described by Brink Productions as a one-woman monologue about how Lally Katz was commissioned to write a play about the global financial crisis but spent her commission money on seeing fortune tellers in New York.

Katz is the author of Neighbo Full Story »

Seeley International celebration
Seeley International celebration

More than 100 guests attended the launch of heating and cooling manufacturer Seeley International’s National Association of Testing Authorities-accredited product-testing laboratory this month. The event was held at the purpose-built factory at Lonsdale.

 

Full Story »
Nairne
Nairne

This heritage-listed 1860s residence is set on more than 1300sqm of beautifully landscaped grounds, which overlook the Nairne township. It features beautiful masonry, a decked undercover outdoor entertaining area and high ceilings.

More info and pictures here.

Full Story »
ANZ posts $7.12bn profit
ANZ posts $7.12bn profit

MELBOURNE | ANZ has lifted its full-year cash profit by 10 per cent to $7.12 billion after a stronger second half.

The bank’s net profit of $7.3 billion was up 15 per cent from a year ago. The profits were in line with expectations and also match the accidental figures released by the bank ear Full Story »

Clarke’s wacky tactics as Pakistan in control
Clarke’s wacky tactics as Pakistan in control

CRICKET | Michael Clarke says his bizarre field settings in the second Test against Pakistan were forced on him by the lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch.

Australia used eight bowlers on a flat batting track on day one as Pakistan reached an imposing tally of 2-304 on Thursday.

Former Test captain Allan Borde Full Story »

Partners

Flinders welcomes Hills to Tonsley
Flinders welcomes Hills to Tonsley

CONTENT SUPPLIED BY FLINDERS UNIVERSITY | Iconic South Australian-owned technology and communications company Hills will relocate its local operations to Flinders University’s new $120 million facility at Tonsley.

Announced today (October 31), the relocation of Hills will foster increased collabor Full Story »

Volunteering worth $290 billion a year
Volunteering worth $290 billion a year

The monetary value of volunteering in Australia is worth much more than originally calculated, new figures from Flinders University researcher Lisel O’Dwyer show.

Dr O’Dwyer has re-evaluated her study into the economic contribution of volunteering to Australian society – first conducted at the Full Story »

Engineering finalist’s future focus on Flinders
Engineering finalist’s future focus on Flinders

First year Software Engineering student Joshua Sweaney is more than a little bit excited about the next few years at Flinders University.

That’s because Mr Sweaney, who is a finalist in the Young Engineers Australia’s EngFlick short film competition, has just discovered some exciting (and unexpe Full Story »