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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    International events expert appointed to review SuperGP

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    International events expert appointed to review SuperGP

    Cabinet has today appointed one of Queensland’s most experienced events managers to undertake a comprehensive independent review of the Gold Coast SuperGP event.

    Premier Anna Bligh said Mr David Williams will commence the review within the next 24 hours, with a report to be delivered back to government by the end of November.

    Ms Bligh said Mr Williams’ independent review will be complemented by the audit announced today by the Queensland Auditor-General.

    “I, like the people of Queensland, have got a lot of questions about the events leading up to the withdrawal of the A1GP from this year’s event,” Ms Bligh said.

    “This independent review will analyse the governance and due diligence undertaken by the event organisers ahead of the 2009 event and will provide recommendations for the future of the event on the Gold Coast.

    “Tax payers deserve to know how the $11.6 million the Government invested in this year’s event was managed, and what action was taken by the organisers in the lead up to the signing of A1GP to headline the event.

    “Only by understanding the circumstances which led to the withdrawal of the A1GP can we determine the best way forward for this major motor racing event on the Gold Coast.”

    Ms Bligh said she had great confidence in Mr Williams’ ability to conduct a thorough review.

    “David Williams has more than 35 years experience in the management of major Queensland, national and international tourism and sporting events,” Ms Bligh said.

    “As a former board member of the original Gold Coast Indy Car Grand Prix from 1989 to 1996, he has a strong understanding of the contractual arrangements involved in this event.

    “He is currently finalising a similar review for the South Australian Government in regards to that State’s events industry.

    “Late last year he also completed a review for the Queensland Government into Government support for the events industry in our state and developed a strategic framework for the future.

    “His report to government will include not only a post-mortem analysis of the circumstances surrounding the staging of this year’s SuperGP, but also a recommendation on the future of this iconic motor racing event on the Gold Coast.”

    Ms Bligh said the terms of reference for the Williams Review provide:

    ·A short contextual history of the Gold Coast Motorsport Event over the past 19 years, including the cost and economic benefit of staging the Event;

    ·A description of the circumstances surrounding the staging of the 2009 Event and the inclusion of the A1GP and V8 Supercars Australia in the Event program;

    ·An analysis of the circumstances with a focus on governance, due diligence, including the adequacy of contractual oversight and management of the Event, in particular the A1GP sanctioning agreement;

    ·Conclusions and recommendations on the implications for government with regard to governance and due diligence for the future staging of the Event; and

    ·Advice from an event perspective on future options for a motor racing event on the Gold Coast.

    Ms Bligh said she had requested Mr Williams to provide his report to government by the end of November.

    “We want a comprehensive report to provide a clear understanding of the circumstances for the government and the people of Queensland,” Ms Bligh said.

    “But we also know we must act to put Queensland in the best position to secure potential international interest in an event for 2010.

    “At the end of the day we want an event that delivers for the fans, delivers for the Gold Coast, and is in the best interest of the Queensland economy.”

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