The Queensland Government are planning to knock down and rebuild the Gabba stadium for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games. This would potentially wipe out East Brisbane State School and the nearby Raymond Park for a warm-up track.
The Queensland Government has not consulted the school or Raymond Park residents about their plans. Media have reported that architecture firms tendering for the Gabba redesign have been told they don’t need to retain the school in their plans.
Time is ticking - demolition of the Gabba could start at the end of 2025, leaving very little time for meaningful consultation with the school community.
The state government is relying on the federal government to contribute half of the $1 billion price tag for the Gabba rebuild. Recent media reports say the development may actually cost as much as $2.5 billion, and cause massive disruption to traffic, pedestrians and local residents. This could be money much better spent on chronically underfunded schools and hospitals across the country.
Alternative Olympics Stadium options include the Metricon Stadium, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, or Eagle Farm Racecourse.
We’re calling on the new federal ministers Catherine King, Minister for Infrastructure, and Anika Wells, Minister for Sport, to fight for East Brisbane State School and Raymond Park and refuse to fund the Gabba rebuild.
Join students, parents and community members to form a peaceful human chain around our school to advocate for the future of our school and that of Raymond Park in the lead up to the Brisbane Olympics.
Amy MacMahon (Member for South Brisbane), Jonathan Sriranganathan (Councillor for Gabba Ward) and I are supporting EBSS P&C Olympic Impact Group by hosting the rally, but this work is led by the school community.
PLEASE JOIN US TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CHILDREN IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD WILL HAVE A SCHOOL IN 2026.
To make sure this is an accessible event for everyone please wear an N95 mask if you are able. Masks and hand sanitiser will be available if you’re not able to bring your own.