Gabba rebuild in doubt as Qld Premier orders Games infrastucture review

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Queensland Premier Steven Miles has launched a 60-day review of the 2032 Queensland Olympic Games infrastructure plans, admitting he is not in favour of the current plan to rebuild the Gabba Stadium.

Former lord mayor Graham Quirk is heading the panel which will look at all the infrastructure plans which combined would cost $7 billion, including the $2.7 billion Gabba rebuild and a new $2.5 billion Brisbane Arena swimming venue.

“Queenslanders are concerned about that level of expense. I certainly am, too,” Miles said.

Miles also said the plan to demolish the Gabba would have a significant impact on both cricket and the Brisbane Lions AFL club.

“I’m happy to acknowledge and willing to acknowledge that we underestimated the impact of this on those codes and on those teams,” he said.

“And that’s one of the things that has led me to make this decision, to review the plan. I think it’s a good thing that a leader is willing to say, maybe we got that wrong.”

Quirk said nothing would be off limits for the review.

“We’ll be looking not only at existing venues and proposals, but if the panel believe that there may be other sites which are currently not on the list of intended sites, then we will certainly be recommending that they be looked at,” he said.