We hear a lot of talk about the need for the Brisbane 2032 Olympics to leave a positive legacy.
Well, if the Federal Government progresses with helping to fund 50% of the Qld Government’s estimated $2.5 billion plan to demolish and rebuild The Gabba Stadium as the main athletics tracks for the 2032 Olympics - then the biggest legacy could be the loss of the much loved East Brisbane State School, which sits next to the stadium, and Raymond Park in Kangaroo Point, which has been touted as the warm track.
My Greens colleagues and I are standing with the local community as we fight to save this beloved school and park.
Governments should be investing $2.5 billion in affordable housing, health and education, not in a plan that will see the destruction of a local school and park all for an extra 8000 seats and a two week sporting event.
East Brisbane State School now has over 311 students, having grown by more than 38% in the last few years. The school is incredibly diverse with students from 39 different language groups and a specialised English program for refugee children.
Meanwhile Raymond Park is home to a wonderful community garden, local footy club, playground, basketball courts and old established fig trees.
The Queensland Government have said they are relying on a 50-50 funding agreement from the Federal Government to complete this project. If that’s the case, then both levels of Government are responsible for what happens here.
I’m calling on the Federal Government to make it a condition of any Olympics funding, that the Queensland drop The Gabba stadium project and help save our school and park.
We can win this campaign and save our school and park.
- Since the election, this funding deal has been left up in the air. The Federal Government has been effectively silent on the issue, which is encouraging because it signals they might be willing to move on this issue.
- At the state level, we know from media reports that the Queensland Government are sweating their initial decision, and conducting a “project validation” into whether the project should go ahead.
- Even the President of the 2032 Olympics Organising Committee has questioned whether the project would prove too costly.
With federal support uncertain, and doubt being cast over the project, now is the crucial time to sustain the pressure. Write to Federal and Queensland Ministers now to let them know: don’t rebuild Gabba stadium.