Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to name a grandstand at Suncorp Stadium after her former mentor and a Labor party stalwart Terry Mackenroth is out of touch.
“Lang Park (Suncorp Stadium) is one of the most iconic and historical grounds in Australia that some of Queensland’s most distinguished sports people have graced Ms Frecklington said.
“Surely, one of its major grandstands would be better served being named after a sportsperson than a former politician.
“While we acknowledge Mr Mackenroth’s role in Queensland sport and I respect his achievements over a lifetime in politics, this already has been recognised with the new multi-million dollar Terry Mackenroth Community Gymnasium in Carina.
“I think the Premier’s decision is hubris at best, it is out of touch and inappropriate.
“Our job as politicians is to advocate for projects and help deliver them on time and on budget, this is not a reason to get a grandstand at one of Queensland’s most iconic venues – this is simply doing your job.”
LNP Deputy Leader and former NRL referee Tim Mander said the decision was a slap in the face to the many players from a range of codes who have played at the ground.
“You could easily name the stands after a range of sporting legends just using alliteration. One side you could have the Lewis/Langer/Lockyer stand, the other the Miles and Meninga stand,” Mr Mander said.
“You could even name each stand after the four teams who call Suncorp home – the Broncos, Reds, Roar and Maroons.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s arrogance has got the better of her. This decision should be sent to the Bunker for review and ruled ‘No try’.”