“If it were not for New South Wales, the WSL Championship Tour would not be happening globally."
The deputy premier of NSW has made the stunning and, in my opinion correct, claim that his government is responsible for saving the world tour.
Speaking in Parliament, and after ripping into Lennox locals for knocking back the gov’s millions, Giovanni “John” Barilaro said, “The opportunity that came out of the rejection from Lennox Head was that we were able to steal two events. Attracting the best surfers in the world to New South Wales supports our locals and sports stars of the future. That is a fact. Santa Cruz and Hawaii were shut down. Bells Beach and Snapper Rocks are, of course, no longer happening.”
And the zinger, “If it were not for New South Wales, the WSL Championship Tour would not be happening globally.”
John Borilaro is a name that has become familiar to Australian surfers over the past month; while his opposite numbers in Victoria and Queensland fastened their nursing bras, Barilaro gave a reeling WSL the free-flowing NSW taxpayer’s teat.
It ain’t such a bad idea, politically and on the ground.
Five mill per event, say, and you trump your idealogical rivals interstate and drive a bit of life into a pandemic-depressed economy.
He’s a wildcat, ol Giovanni Barilaro.
Last September he brought his government, of which his conservative National Party is the bit-player in a coalition with the Liberal Party, to its knees over the protection of koalas.
Libs wanted to pass legalisation to protect the furry bastards, meaning farmers and property owners would have to jump through a few loopholes before they bulldozed native trees etc.
Barilaro said, essentially, fuck the bears.
The legislation, he said, would be a “nail in the coffin for farmers.”
“Imagine being so out of touch and arrogant you thought it was a good idea to spit the dummy because you wanted to be able to wipe out koalas,” said Greens MP Jenny Leong.
Libs didn’t want to lose government to the socialist ALP and therefore capitulated.
As we’ve posited before, the teats of state governments in Australia have long been a source of nourishing funds for pro surfing, although as Longtom pointed out after the Lennox Head fiasco, “It looks like cheap rent-seeking for a product that few want in their backyards and a story that has never really made sense except for a few rare birds who live at an altitude the rest of us will never attain.”
And, “Without a functioning business model to wean itself off State Tourism bodies the WSL is locked in a prison of its own making.”