Steven Marshall’s Events Advisory Group has been suddenly shut down less than a year after it was created, in yet another example of Steven Marshall’s failure when it comes to bringing events to South Australia.
Marshall established the group in November last year, in response to public outcry about his decision to axe the Adelaide 500 without any plans for a replacement event. At the time, he promised the new group would “drive a new era of events for SA”.
But great mystery now surrounds why the group was suddenly shut down and how many, if any, events it recommended to the government.
Since the Marshall Liberal Government axed the Adelaide 500, it has failed to announce any new major events to replace it.
Steven Marshall has continuously spruiked the group’s work, with little evidence of its actual success.
In February, Marshall said: “There are no shortage of ideas which have come through from the Events Advisory Group.”
In May, he said: “There are a number of fantastic sporting, cultural and entertainment events that are being worked on at the moment thanks to the great work of our Events Advisory Group and the SA Tourism Commission.”
But there is little evidence of what those events were.
This month’s announcement of the Bloom Festival was essentially repackaging existing events such as the Royal Show and the Christmas Pageant under a new banner.
Quotes attributable to SA Labor Leader Peter Malinauskas
Steven Marshall axed the Adelaide 500, then established the Events Advisory Group to come up with events to replace it.
Now, after many empty promises that have delivered nothing to replace the Adelaide 500, the Premier has secretly scrapped the group.
SA is left with no events to replace the Adelaide 500 and Steven Marshall has scrapped his only plan to come up with an alternative.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
It is clear Steven Marshall’s plans for an Events Advisory Group has been a spectacular failure.
Our tourism and hospitality sector is hurting amid COVID-19 restrictions and the axing of the Adelaide 500 made a bad situation even worse.
Local businesses were promised this new group would deliver new events, which means more economic activity and more jobs. Steven Marshall has let local businesses down.