Brisbane Labor pledges to abolish Council’s Olympics Committee

Brisbane City Council lord mayoral candidate Tracey Price.

Brisbane Labor has announced it will scrap Brisbane Council’s Olympics Committee if it wins the election in March, saying the money would be better spent elsewhere.

The internal committee cost ratepayers $250,000 annually despite having no oversight over the games, according to Brisbane City Council lord mayoral candidate Tracey Price.

“The committee that was set up to appease the deputy mayor needs to go. It’s a waste of money,” Price said.

“The residents of Brisbane deserve a lord mayor who is focused on outcomes for Brisbane residents from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not internal games to pay his mates more money.”

Brisbane Labor want to the Lord Mayor to regain oversight for the Games. But LNP Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has been heavily critical of the state government’s handling of the Brisbane Games.

“If Labor is so confident of being in office that they are already deciding civic cabinet roles, then they need to come clean on the power-sharing deal they have done with the extreme and risky Greens,” an LNP Schrinner council spokesperson told the ABC.

“How will civic cabinet function under a Green-Labor coalition of chaos, and which key cabinet roles will go to the Greens?”