New Queensland Premier Steven Miles has hit the pause button on the massive infrastructure pipeline leading up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics leaving the proposed $2.7 billion redevelopment of the Gabba in limbo.
In an effort to quell mounting criticism of the cost of the proposed redevelopment, the government will now establish a new independent authority before conducting a 60-day review of the Games infrastructure.
“We need to pause,” Deputy Premier Cameron Dick said. “We’re just going to have a review, we’re going to take time to consider that and we’re going to set up that independent authority.
“So there are some moving parts there that we’re going to reflect on as a new government.”
Miles has left his options open, saying at this stage everything is still on the table.
“What I’ve said is that I support an independent delivery authority and that I want there to be a review of the major venues master plan,” he said.
“That will happen (and) that will again look at the Gabba and those displacement issues.
“Every other time I’ve asked those questions, the advice back has been that the Gabba redevelopment is absolutely necessary to host Brisbane 2032.
“But I think it’s reasonable for us to be absolutely assured of that before we finalise those tenders.”
The announcement puts some distance between Miles and former Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who had ignored advice to have an independent authority and instead bring the decision making inside her government.
Miles is also looking to placate Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner who caused a stir when he publically slammed the government’s sudden decision to tap both the council and sporting stakeholders for tens of millions of dollars to revamp the RNA showgrounds into a venue capable of hosting AFL and cricket while the Gabba is out of action.
“What I’m saying is that I want to be absolutely assured that it is the best value outcome for Queenslanders and I want to also make sure that we have a good displacement plan,” Miles said.
“A good plan for the Brisbane Lions and for our cricket teams to make sure that they have somewhere good to play in the time that needs to happen.”