ACT Government to use Raiders’ $150k fine to reinvest in more sport for the capital

Lachlan Roberts 23 September 2019 100

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry have said the Raiders fine will be reinvested into sporting content for Canberra. Photo: George Tsotsos.

The ACT Government has announced it will invest the $150,000 fine it imposed on the Canberra Raiders for breaking their contract to secure more sporting content for the nation’s capital.

The Raiders were hit with the fine last week for breaking the contract terms of their 10-year deal with the government to play all home games in the nation’s capital after the Raiders decided to take one of their home games to Wagga Wagga.

The Raiders will host the Penrith Panthers in the ‘City of Good Sports’ in the fifth round of the 2019 season after the club signed a two-year deal with the Wagga Wagga City Council to bring NRL matches to the city.

The agreement will see the Raiders send one of their 12 home games to the Riverina during the 2019 and 2020 season as the club looks to reconnect with its Riverina fans.

The Government’s decision to impose the fine has sparked debate, causing NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro to set up a petition calling on the ACT Government to withdraw the penalty.

But ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry said although she supports the intent of the Raiders in reaching out to the broader region, it is a requirement of their funding agreement that the Raiders play each home NRL game at GIO Stadium given the major investment the ACT community makes in both the stadium and the team.

Ms Berry said the money from the Raiders fine will be redirected into other sporting content in the nation’s capital but did not elaborate on what sport or sports would benefit.

When asked if the ACT Government will attempt to lure rugby league content next year to Canberra in place of the NRL match in Wagga Wagga, Ms Berry said she was discussing future opportunities with the NRL.

“The ACT Government has an open line with the NRL about future opportunities for content,” she told Region Media. “As always, we weigh up the community and economic value of supporting these events with the public investment required to attract them.”

Canberra already has a plethora of sporting content, with the Raiders, Brumbies, Canberra United, Canberra Capitals, Canberra Cavalry, GWS Giants, Sydney Thunder and test cricket all taking place in the nation’s capital. Ms Berry also recently signed a $125,000 deal to host one NBL game between the Illawarra Hawks and Cairns Taipans at the AIS Arena in January.

What sport do you want the ACT Government to spend the $150,000 on? Let us know by commenting below.

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100 Responses to ACT Government to use Raiders’ $150k fine to reinvest in more sport for the capital
Jason Preston Jason Preston 1:56 pm 16 Dec 18

Build a wall the ridgeway

Jason Preston Jason Preston 1:56 pm 16 Dec 18




Mathew Mendo Mathew Mendo 4:59 pm 15 Dec 18

Motorsports, it'll help keep the roads safer

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 4:32 pm 15 Dec 18

Dear Minister. I'll have an "actual" pay rise please for the work I do for you. Then I might be able to scrape a bit of extra money aside to participate in sports all year round.

Kurt Byrne Kurt Byrne 8:18 am 15 Dec 18

Same as Danny Hodak evening time speed way

Justine Graham Justine Graham 8:56 pm 14 Dec 18

Reopen mpowerdome- great facility being wasted.

Amanda Evans Amanda Evans 4:51 am 14 Dec 18

Put in into the Canberra Hospital.

Steve McLeish Steve McLeish 8:59 pm 13 Dec 18

Frisbee baseball or field basketball. Both emerging sports that Canberrans can enjoy all year round.

Grant Barclay Grant Barclay 8:37 pm 13 Dec 18

Every Chance to Play paying for junior sports registrations

Cheryl Gay Cheryl Gay 7:38 pm 13 Dec 18

Junior sport & not just Aussie Rules.

Michael Doherty Michael Doherty 4:35 pm 13 Dec 18

A speedway that is allowed to run regular meetings at night.

Woody Brenden Woody Brenden 3:29 pm 13 Dec 18

Use it to repair Woden and Belco skateparks? They get used every single day and very heavily used on weekends. They need much better maintenance and Woden needs a lot of work.

Shantara Krystal Cassar Shantara Krystal Cassar 1:17 pm 13 Dec 18

Ice sports!

bj_ACT bj_ACT 12:10 pm 13 Dec 18

Surely people think it’s a touch hypocritical of Andrew Barr to fine the Raiders over taking one game to Wagga Wagga, when he payed the AFL an Australian Record $23 million dollars to bring a few Greater Western Sydney games to Canberra.

    Jim9 Jim9 9:15 am 14 Dec 18

    It was simply an enforcement of the contract terms that the Raiders freely agreed to at the end of the day. A ‘fine’ is not a great term for it in all honesty.

    I’m sure exactly the same sorts of terms exist in the contract with GWS, should they decide not to provide the agreed number of games in their contract in Canberra each year.

Lee Mullen Lee Mullen 11:33 am 13 Dec 18

Raiders should tell them to f*ck off

Moss Bunney Moss Bunney 8:16 am 13 Dec 18

Invest in round field sport..!!

David Vickers David Vickers 7:31 am 13 Dec 18


Danny Hodak Danny Hodak 2:57 am 13 Dec 18

Evening time speedway

Douglas Jarden Douglas Jarden 12:56 am 13 Dec 18

Supporting the raiders :)

Amy Turner Amy Turner 11:53 pm 12 Dec 18

Hockey! We’ve got the National Hockey Centre in Canberra but will not be hosting the new ProLeague format in 2019 because our venues aren’t up to scratch! Going to Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth instead!

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