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Community Impacts of Olympic Plans for Gabba Stadium

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The Queensland government has done almost no community consultation during the bidding process for Brisbane to host the 2032 Olympics. This is concerning deeply concerning when an event like this will have huge ramifications for our local community - including construction and traffic before and during the games. The International Olympic Committee has confirmed Brisbane as the preferred host city. We’re likely to see a final decision on 21st July.

I'm hosting a community forum on Saturday 10 July at the Metro Community Hub Hall to discuss whether we should be hosting the Olympics and what outcomes we want for our local community. You can RSVP here. I invite everyone to come along and share your views and hear in more details some of the particular impacts we're likely to see. 

You can read more about my views on the potential impacts of an Olympics here.

While the games will be some time away, I’m really concerned about the impact of the Olympics on our neighbourhood, including accelerated gentrification, rising cost of living, and the impact on local schools. 

Here’s what’s been proposed by QLD Government so far: 

  • $1 billion to demolish and rebuild the Gabba Stadium to increase capacity from 42,000 to 50,000
  • A “pedestrian plaza” walkway over Main Street
  • Raymond Park to become a warm-up facility
  • Visualisations show East Brisbane State School (EBSS) completely transformed - but final plans are still unclear

You can check out the digital depiction of the Gabba here.

What do you think? Would you like to see the Olympics happen at the Gabba?