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Stoush after stadium fiasco
Wanangkura Stadium

Port Hedland's council is being asked why hundreds of people were allowed to attend the opening event at its $34.1 million stadium last Sunday when the structure was a safety risk.

Wanangkura Stadium was closed indefinitely on Thursday because of a lack of water and other firefighting resources.

The closure sparked an argument yesterday between Pilbara MP Tom Stephens and Colin Barnett.

Mr Stephens claimed Mr Barnett and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls were trying to dodge responsibility for the project even though the State Government paid $11 million towards the facility, built by Doric.

The veteran MP said the pair were all too happy to take credit at the weekend opening but the Premier passed the buck when things went wrong.

"Barnett said it was all the council's fault and it was nothing to do with him," Mr Stephens said.

"It's classic Barnett. It's everybody else's fault but Colin's.

"If you've got $11 million of State Government funds going into a project, then the Government has got an absolute obligation to make sure the safety standards of that building are being met.

"Barnett was there with his sidekick Grylls claiming the credit and it was as if he had personally built the whole thing on the day. Now he seems not even prepared to respond to queries about what they are doing with government funds going into a project that's not up to standard."

The Premier called the comments disrespectful.

"I was appalled by what Tom Stephens said," Mr Barnett told the ABC. "That is not the way of building confidence in regional Western Australia and frankly he should be ashamed of the political way in which he attacked the project."

Port Hedland acting mayor George Daccache admitted the council knew of the problems before Sunday's sold-out opening basketball game.

He said the council would get a report this week with recommendations and a reopening timeframe.