don't think you understand that it is the FFA that is the only entity that can bid for the World Cup. The states, if they want to be part of it have to fall into line with what they want. If they don't want to fall in line that is OK, but the consequence will be that they won't be part of the bid. The states and Feds have the money but they do not bid!
I don't think you understand that it is Taxpayers dollars going into the bid. Some of those taxpayers hate soccer, some of those hate sport altogether. I certainly do understand that it is taxpayers money and that it has to be spent wisely. That is why I am suggesting that if Qld are wanting to spend taxpayers money so that they have another venue suitable for use at a World Cup then it is sensible that they spend it on Skilled because it would cost them too much to bring Cararra to World Cup standard. If however, Qld wants to spend money on Cararra to increase its capacity for AFL, to be a better cricket venue or to bring it to Commonwealth Games standard that is a completely different issue and it would be a great investment.
As Bligh has found, in QLD they are sick of infrastructure being spent on stadia. They will have to be very careful on how they spend taxpayers dollars.
The FFA will have to accept Carrara if they want a World Cup and they want a venue for over 40,000, if that is the way the QLD Government are looking at it. In my view they would be stupid to put Cararra in the bid if it wasn't able to be morphed into a "rectangular" venue like say the Perth proposal. They know it wouldn't be accepted by FIFA. I think you need to accept that what FIFA wants it gets. There are plenty of other countries bidding and there will not be one stadium in all their bids that has a ground area anywhere near as big as Cararra.
They can't simply have a hissy fit and put No Go Zones around every city that doesn't have every venue rectangular... Of course they can. The event that they are putting a bid in for is the FIFA World Cup and the venues that are used for the event are required to be world class for football.
The states and Feds have the money but they do not bid!
And at the moment the FFA have got two states that don't give a stuff about the World Cup and will suggest that any redevelopment has to be at Robina. That the QLD Government has no choice with which venue it redevelops, even if it is not the best use of taxpayers dollars. There are 3 states that don't give a stuff. Tasmania has been stupid enough to put Aurora forward and needs to be included in the number that don't give a stuff. The FFA has done an audit of all venues put forward and is going to talk to each state about their venues and what would be needed to include them in a bid. When they talk to Qld about Skilled they will detail its need to have increased capacity and all the other upgrades that are needed to make it suitable. The Qld Government will no doubt analyse this and decide if it wants to commit any funds to the development. If they don't then Skilled will be dropped from the list. The process is pretty simple really and only venues that meet the requirements for the World Cup will be included in the bid by the FFA.
Sorry sometimes the money that feeds you has to be listened too. And the FFA aren't suggesting they are paying for the venues, so they have to understand they have to be very tolerant if Rudd is giving them no money for stadia. And if QLD decides that the Gold Coast will have a 40,000+ venue...then it is within their right to suggest to the FFA, it is in our states best interest to redevelop Carrara over Robina. Sorry if this dissapoints you, but we know you need the Gold Coast in any World Cup bid. In the scenario you put forward if Qld put Carrara forward it will go through exactly the same process as every other stadium.
I think you need to understand that with FIFA it is OK to put a good bid forward and miss out, it might even put you in good stead for a future bid, but to put a sub standard bid will be held against the you for a long time. Better to bow out early than to be balloted out early in the selection process.
PS. If the design for Cararra was modified now to allow for morphing to a rectangular stadium then you are talking about $25M for the hinges and maybe another $5-10M for the hydraulics.