Palaszczuk axes Brisbane Olympics independent infrastructure body

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ditched a planned independent body which was to have overseen critical infrastructure for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games alongside the Brisbane Organising Committee.

The move now means Deputy Premier Steven Miles department will be in charge of infrastructure while the Premier’s department will be responsible for overall co-ordination of the Games.

“These are projects that the government delivers all of the time,” Miles said. “And we have very capable people able to do that within those agencies.

“The arrangements that we have made though with the Queensland government solely leading and delivering the Gabba build means there is no need for a whole new bureaucracy.”

An Olympic Coordination Authority was a key part of the bid to secure the 2032 Games, with “the capacity to co-ordinate the activities of all Australian and Queensland government departments and agencies with responsibilities for Games related matters”.

“This shared governance model will ensure public authorities have full oversight of all Games projects from the planning, scoping and design phase through to contracting, construction and delivery,” the submission stated.

Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee president Andrew Liveris said they understood the “reasoning” behind the decision.

“We are confident the final governance model will contain forums which include the Organising Committee and other Games delivery partners so that key decision-makers are at the table,” he said.

There has been criticism of the decision, saying it removes any transparency around costs associated with the new infrastructure.

“This is all about Annastacia Palaszczuk not being able to let go of the limelight,” said LNP deputy leader Jarrod Bleijie.