Australian Sports Commission asset review sparks speculation about Canberra venues The AIS Arena will remain as a multi purpose venue after the commission board opted against reinventing the 35 year old stadium.
Volleyball Australia said it was willing to invest $1 million over a four year period to create a 'Volleydome' home, adding its proposal would have allowed for concerts and other sports to continue using the arena. But volleyball officials say they are now re evaluating Canberra as the sport's base as they search for an upgraded facility to house its centre of excellence program and men's and women's national teams. The ongoing strategic review of the AIS and its role in Australian sport has prompted rumours about whether the commission will investigate selling some of its assets. Speculation includes oakley ducati the commission considering an option to sell Canberra Stadium, the AIS Arena and the AIS pool to the ACT government. Any ideas for facilities or their futures are in their infancy, and Palmer reiterated the commission's long term view for the AIS in Canberra as well as working with the government to create more content at its venues. ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said in April he would be keen to buy Canberra Stadium if it was for sale, but the commission is only concerned about ensuring its marquee assets are continually upgraded. The government and commission have just finalised a new lease for use of Canberra Stadium, which Barr said had changed from a $1 peppercorn arrangement to a $350,000 rental deal. Palmer and the government said there was no proposal or plan to sell Canberra Stadium or any other major venue. "We invest in assets every year and that's a significant amount of money in facilities," Palmer said. "What we're trying to work out is what is the most sensible approach to keeping them in a condition that is useable oakley sunglasses buy for both high performance and community. "We've analysed all of our facilities. we do want the ACT government to continue using the facilities. "Any conversations we've had has been around ongoing use and lease. We want the AIS Arena to be used by the community. "It's about making sure we're really clear about what each assets are being used by who and our responsibility of maintaining them." AIS director Matt Favier finished his tenure on Thursday and the commission is in the process of finding his replacement after an extensive international search. The commission is also working on a national sports plan to build for the future, which could include funding via a national lottery. All changes are designed to reinvigorate Australian sport after its worst performance at an Olympic Games in 24 years at Rio last year. Volleyball Australia had hoped to use mens oakleys the AIS Arena as a base for its national and development programs after being approached by the commission to table a proposal. The senior men's and women's team will play international matches at the AIS Arena in July and have had a relationship with the AIS for 20 years. But volleyball said it was keen to use a roll in, roll out flooring at the arena while discount oakley eyeglasses also sharing it with concerts, exhibitions, gala events and other sports. The AIS Arena will be a multi purpose venue. Photo: Jay Cronan "We're very disappointed, we were looking forward to having it as a facility," said Volleyball Australia boss Mathieu Meriaux. "We want to clarify the proposal wasn't for exclusive use by volleyball, we were willing to accommodate for other sporting events to maximise use of the venue. "We put the proposal forward on the request of the sports commission. it was rejected and now we will work to find the best high performance environment for these teams. "We believe in the AIS brand, probably one of the sports that believe the most. We believe in the people and the structure. We enjoy being based in Canberra. "We want to be here. We want to be a leading volleyball nation in the world, so we need a world class facility.
" Volleyball officials are also concerned about change room access and using courts which have not been updated since 1997. Volleyball's funding was cut by more than $200,000 in the commission's allocation for the 2017 18 period. "The [AIS Arena] is a really critical piece of infrastructure that caters for a range of sports," Palmer said.
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