An extra $300m for transport links, a plaza and carparks?
Therre's a train station already at Belmont Park. Just build a bigger footbridge. Oh, and it's a racecourse, next to a casino. There's a shitload of places to park.
I wonder if a breakdown of the costs really does stack up or if a builder just inflates the price because the state government is under pressure to pay for it, regardless of value.
It's probably a bit of both.
Belmont Park is currently a special event station. It only operates when there's a race meeting on, and even then the number of people that use it would be in the hundreds. It would be totally incapable of serving the 15,000 or so people that would use it for a big event. You would probably need to build at least 4 new platforms and sidings. My guess would be about $50 million.
There would also need to be better entry and exit from Polly Farmer Freeway as well as Great Eastern highway. Vic Park Road would also need to be upgraded.
Add development of carparks and surrounds of the stadium and I can see it getting expensive. Then add the inevitable cost overruns and the premium that is added on for dealing with the government and $300m isn't anywhere near out of the realms of possibility.
Perhaps give the job of doing all of that to Burswood. Packer wouldn't take any sh*t and would probably only cost $150m, and the government can boast about how they're paying $300m for it.