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How the Barangaroo casino could have been a stadium


Yet, in 2000, the Victorian Government completed a $460m stadium on a similar harbour-side site at the edge of the CBD, originally called Docklands and within similar walking distance of public transport, as Barangaroo.

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It is now owned by the AFL, having been handed to the code, along with significant recent funds for redevelopment, further demonstrating the power that code has in Melbourne, compared to the NRL’s influence in Sydney.

Smith wasn’t the first rugby league identity to see the potential of the site.

In 1987, Arthur Beetson, his former Balmain teammate Phil Franks and successful pharmacist Vernon O’Neill bought the lease of the Big House hotel, now called the Sussex, owned by the Maritime Services Board.

But Franks,…



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