“Queensland has confirmed its status as Asia-Pacific’s home of triathlon by capturing one of the world’s most prestigious IRONMAN events from Melbourne.”
Melbourne has hosted the event since 2012 that has been held around the city’s south eastern suburbs, stimulating the local economy and creating local jobs.
The 2016 event in Melbourne was recently cancelled after a clash in dates with the Grand Prix, indicating the Andrews Government was unable to hold two major events at once.
What Daniel Andrews said:
“If we lose our edge, we lose tourists, and, eventually, we lose jobs.”
Source: ‘Review to keep Victoria the major events capital’, 10 March 2015
“I issue this warning to every other state: if you have a major event worthy taking, we're coming for it.”
Source: The Age, 17 June 2015
Quotes attributed to Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Heidi Victoria:
“After all of Daniel Andrews’ tough talk about attracting new events to Melbourne, we now have a major event stolen from right under his nose.
“The loss of the IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship to Queensland shows that Daniel Andrews’ promises to lure new events and new jobs to Victoria are just hollow, empty words.”
Quotes attributed to State Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region, Inga Peulich:
“This flagship event brought to Melbourne by the former Coalition Government put Melbourne’s South East on the world stage and its loss is a tremendous disappointment.
“The loss of such a major event is a devastating blow that will cost local jobs and strip millions of dollars from the local community.
“In one year of Government Daniel Andrews has abandoned the Port of Hastings, abandoned the Mornington Peninsula Freeway Extension, and now abandoned IRONMAN Asia-Pacific.
“Daniel Andrews needs to explain to local businesses and local families why he is punishing Melbourne’s South East.”