^ The problem is there is plenty of opportunity to make heaps of underground carparks everywhere else in that vicinity in the future (massive tracts of land). Could have allowed the private sector to build it and it sort of defeats the purpose of building it smack bang next to the busiest train station in the city.
The Car Park is also a few streets away from the business district, so its busiest time could have been during the weekend. Could very easily have done without it and let another company build one with the other 13 billion dollars of investment going into the immediate vicinity of the building.
In all fairness, the Arena site used to be a carpark before the development and always used to be full. Maybe they just did their sums and thought they could actually make a profit. How many car bays are in there? 3000? x $15 a day x 300 days and there's $13.5 million gross per year. No idea whether it's 3000 or 300 bays though.
You don't think they got majorly rorted by being charged a 100 million dollars of taxpayer dollars on the Carpark that delayed the construction of the venue by an extra year? That sort of lost productivity is not really worth it in my books. Especially with the Public Transport linked agenda that the Labor Government was trying to emphasise at the time.
Dodgy Michelle Roberts...