WYD stays at Randwick, Premier rules

NSW Premier Morris Iemma has ruled out moving the World Youth Day closing mass venue from Randwick racecourse.

The Age reports that security and logistical issues are behind his resolve.

His statement came yesterday, which was being described as Randwick's darkest day, due to the outbreak of equine influenza at the racecourse.

Mr Iemma told Southern Cross Radio that he wants to "sit down with the AJC (Australian Jockey Club) and negotiate the event".

He said Randwick is better than the alternative Homebush venue. He cited crowd control, ease of transport, and accommodation of the numbers.

World Youth Day stays, despite horse flu

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31 Aug 2007