|Stop the Stadium and Superdome rip-offs|
13 March 2001
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) has called on the NSW Government to negotiate with the owners of Stadium Australia and the Superdome, at Homebush Bay, to reduce prices for tours of Olympic facilities and prevent blatant consumer rip-offs.
"In June 2000, NCOSS first raised, with the Olympic Co-ordination Authority (OCA), the steep prices for tours being charged by the Stadium and Superdome operators," said NCOSS Director, Gary Moore.
"We were advised that OCA could not regulate the prices, but were attempting to persuade the operators, in the public interest, to reduce their prices and structure better tour arrangements."
"Interestingly, when media interest in this issue surfaced at that time, both operators, stated that short tours of 10 and 20 minutes duration were available at a reduced price."
"Similarly to now, these cut price tours were not advertised to consumers."
"Obviously, the behaviour of these operators has not changed, despite the best ever Olympics being held in Sydney."
"NCOSS believes that full 60 and 45 minute tours, to each facility, should be offered, at a 50 % concession price to the working poor and those on income support payments."
"In addition, the operators should be encouraged to develop a broader facilities and site tour, which integrates facilities, and which is offered at a concession price for low and modest income people."
"We suggest that the Department of Fair Trading ensure that all tour options are properly advertised to the public by these operators."
"It is true that private funds have been invested in the construction of these facilities. It is equally true that the public purse has also contributed massively to the Homebush Bay development."
"It is also a reality that continued public financing will be required to make Homebush Bay viable in the future. Perhaps the NSW Government could tie its provision of public sector funds to Homebush Bay, to a private sector commitment of a fair pricing structure for consumers."