WYD prep "quarantine madness", Minister warns

Federal Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran has again warned that World Youth Day preparations at Randwick racecourse are "quarantine madness".

The Age reports that the NSW government should look at shifting the event.

But the state's premier Morris Iemma is not budging. He says Randwick Racecourse remains the best site for next July's event, despite the outbreak of equine flu.

Mr Iemma said WYD organisers had done their bit and amended their plans in order to minimise disruption to the horse trainers.

The government and organisers had examined a number of other venues for the papal visit, but Randwick remains the only viable option, Mr Iemma said.

The government and the Catholic church are still negotiating with the Australian Jockey Club to determine an adequate compensation package.

Meanwhile Sky News reported last night that permission has been withdrawn for WYD organisers to inspect the racecourse site. They will not have site access until late October at the earliest, with only eight months to go before the event.


Randwick is best venue for Pope: Iemma (The Age, 24/9/07)

McGauran confident about Melbourne Cup (The Age, 25/9/07)
Construction hurdle for Randwick religious event (Thoroughbred News, 24/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day 2008
Australian Jockey Club
Peter McGauran (Australian Parliament)

WYD at Randwick "square peg in round hole": McGauran (CathNews, 21/9/07)
WYD construction an equine flu risk: Randwick trainers (CathNews, 19/9/07)
WYD as big as the Olympics: Anglican Archbishop (CathNews, 19/9/07)
WYD gifts tax deductible (CathNews, 17/9/07)
Vic govt comes to WYD funding party (CathNews, 5/9/07)
WYD registrations exceeding expectations (CathNews, 4/9/07)
WYD stays at Randwick, Premier rules (CathNews, 31/8/07)
Greens join Randwick exit chorus (CathNews, 30/8/07)
Not moving: Randwick trainers defiant (CathNews, 30/8/07)
Not too late to move WYD: Cups King (CathNews, 27/8/07)
WYD seeks Sydney harbour site for opening (CathNews, 20/8/07)
Conversions off the WYD inter-faith agenda (CathNews, 16/8/07)
WYD to showcase faith potential to unite world (CathNews, 15/8/07)
Howard, Rudd promise $15 million more for WYD (CathNews, 13/8/07)

25 Sep 2007