Church should pay for WYD, NSW Greens say

New South Wales Greens MP, Lee Rhiannon, has rejected an agreement to compensate the costs of hosting next year's Sydney World Youth Day gathering at Randwick saying that the Church will reap "massive benefits" and should foot the bill.

"The Catholic Church will reap massive benefits if this event is held in Sydney," Ms Rhiannon said, according to an ABC report.

"They should be the ones that pay the compensation costs," she said.

"The Greens welcome World Youth Day occurring but it should not be at the expense of the public."

Under the agreement reached last week, the racing industry will receive up to $40 million from the Federal and New South Wales governments.

In return, the industry will be required to grant World Youth Day organisers access to Randwick Racecourse for 10 weeks.

The money will go to trainers and jockeys affected by the papal mass and also pay for upgrades to Randwick Racecourse, as well as the tracks at Warwick Farm and Rosehill.

The State Government has defended the payments, saying the event will inject $150 million into the NSW economy.

Church urged to foot taxpayers' Youth Day bill (ABC News, 16/11/07)

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19 Nov 2007