Pre-season AFL Showdown to generate $900,000: Council

TUSSLE: Port Pirie Power Supporters Club president David Steele, left, goes head-to-head with Crows fan Kevin Goodwin at the new Memorial Oval, venue for the pre-season Showdown.
TUSSLE: Port Pirie Power Supporters Club president David Steele, left, goes head-to-head with Crows fan Kevin Goodwin at the new Memorial Oval, venue for the pre-season Showdown.

Port Pirie will reap a financial bonanza from the pre-season AFL Showdown to be staged at Memorial Oval soon.

Council says the match between the Crows and Power to expected to generate more than $900,000.

Councillors at their latest meeting authorised council chief executive officer Peter Ackland to sign the 2019 JLT Community Series Venue Agreement to host the match on March 2.

The civic leaders thanked the Spencer Gulf League for its involvement in the opportunity.

Cr Joby Connor, Cr Matt Perks and Cr Kendall Jackson will advise the chief executive officer on a budget for the event including inviting comments from the SGL, Business Port Pirie and other groups.

The draft budget is to be presented to this month’s council meeting.

Council is looking at arranging attractions outside the venue on match day.

It will host an official event for invited guests to showcase the sport precinct and opportunities that may flow from that.

Smoking will restricted at the oval to sites near the public amenities in Memorial Drive and Gertrude Street.

Tickets will be limited to the venue capacity of slightly more than 8000, although more people are expected to want to attend.

Revenue from ticket sales will go to the AFL. Council will arrange food, drinks and merchandise sales. The AFL will pay $5000 to council and will reimburse costs from those items in the budget for the event.

Council will be responsible for transport, venue access and crowd control.

Mr Ackland said Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North had calculated that the match would have an economic benefit to the district of about $900,000 without any other attractions being organised around it.

“This is in addition to our local people being provided with the opportunity to see a Showdown live,” he said.

He said the AFL would develop a budget for costs such as portable toilets, on-site electrician and plumber on match day, security and first-aid.

“Once the budget is agreed, costs are incurred by council up-front and reimbursed by the AFL after the match,” he said.

Talks are continuing with the AFL on a fortnightly basis.

Meanwhile, council will spend $42,500 to finish upgrading Port Davis Jetty.

Work is expected to start this month on resealing the notoriously-bumpy northern stretch of Florence Street, subject to talks with businesses affected by the project.

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