Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will today reveal plans to finally address longstanding public confusion over one of the state’s major entertainment venues.
But his plans may be scuttled by an announcement also expected to be made today by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
A Victorian Government insider told The Bug that Mr Andrews would today reveal plans to rename the landmark Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the King’s Domain near Southbank in the centre of Melbourne.
“The music bowl was opened 60 years ago and ever since then there has been tremendous confusion because of its name,” the insider said.
“It’s called the Sidney Myer Music Bowl because it was built by the foundation established to recognise the philanthropic works of Sidney Myer, the bloke who founded the Myer department store chain.
“But even many Victorians think it’s in Sydney when they hear the name and research shows those people never buy a ticket to an event held there even if it may be just a short tram or train trip or drive away from them.
“Premier Andrews has been forced into action because of falling attendance numbers and he wants to name it after someone from Melbourne, but with a name that won’t cause confusion.
“The Premier has personally decided to name the venue after Tina Arena, who first gained fame as a child on the Young Talent Time TV show and went on to make a successful international singing career.
“The Premier is absolutely convinced that renaming the venue the Arena Arena will resolve any confusion in the public’s mind.”
But The Bug understands Premier Berijiklian will today announce her own plans to build a replica of the music bowl in Sydney in an effort to poach music and other events and their audiences.
A NSW Government source said Ms Berijiklian would today announce the construction of a new Sydney Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of plans to rebuild near-city sports stadiums (main picture).
“This is a masterstroke,” the source said, “and shows the NSW Premier is prepared to take the fight up to anyone if it benefits NSW.
“She had her heart set on engaging the talented US film production designer and art director Mel Bourne to oversee the project, but unfortunately he died almost 17 years ago.”