Winning Moves announce a Sydney Monopoly
Swans player Gary Rohan and Rich Uncle Pennybags joined Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Circular Quay last Friday for the announcement of the first Australian version of Monopoly.
Fans of the city and Monopoly enthusiasts have been invited to nominate which of Sydney’s streets and landmarks should be incorporated into the game via the Sydney Monopoly Facebook page, which will be accepting suggestions until June 24.
The two most nominated streets will occupy the board’s prime real estate destinations – the prestigious dark blue Mayfair and Park Lane positions on the original London Monopoly board.
The ‘Community Chest’ and ‘Chance’ playing cards will also be updated with a local theme.
The dignitaries were joined by Hasbro managing director Australia/New Zealand David Peattie and Monopoly licence holder Winning Moves’ business development manager Reid Herbert who invited the Lord Mayor to be the first to ‘like’ the game on the product’s Facebook page, Monopoly Sydney.
Hasbro managing director Australia/New Zealand David Peattie (left) and Winning Moves' business development manager, Reid Herbert.
The Lord Mayor suggested Oxford Street and George Street as her picks for the top two board positions.
“Sydneysiders are fiercely proud of our great city and its iconic places like the Sydney Opera House and Oxford Street. I’d encourage everyone to have their say about which Sydney streets should replace those famous London names like Fleet Street and Pall Mall,” said Clover Moore.
“I think our beautiful high streets like King Street in Newtown, Glebe Point Road and Oxford Street should fill these squares. And of course, our plans to transform George Street will make it a globally recognised boulevard that deserves one of the top spots.”
“We are looking forward to receiving input from Monopoly fans far and wide so that we can ensure Sydney Monopoly is a real reflection of all that we love about our city,” said Reid Herbert.
“The spirit and shape of this customised edition will remain the same as with the traditional game but now players will be able to buy and own their favourite Sydney landmark for Monopoly money.”
Sydney Swans' Gary Rohan (left) and Reid Herbert on a roll.
Sydney Swans player Gary Rohan was equally enthusiastic about the prospect of his team being represented on the board, and noted that Sydney Monopoly’s debut coincides with a significant anniversary for the club.
“In 2012 the Sydney Swans are celebrating 30 years in Sydney as an integral part of this city’s sporting landscape. To be included on this iconic board game and Sydney’s first ever Monopoly is a great privilege for us,” said Gary Rohan.
Monopoly Sydney is expected to be on shelf in time for Christmas.