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Brisbane Olympics venues under review

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Brisbane Olympics venues, including The Gabba, are under review
An events industry figure will play a key role in a 60-day review of infrastructure for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.

The review is currently underway and due to be delivered back to the state government on March 18.

It is being led by former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk while major events veteren Melissa Morris, and current Sydney Olympic Park Authority chair Ken Kanofski have also been appointed to the review.

Morris was the CEO of the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games and has held senior leadership roles for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She is also one of the lead judges for the Australian Event Awards.

According to a Queensland Government media statement, the venue review for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics “will be informed by targeted consultation and relevant advice from a broad range of stakeholders”. The general public can also provide their views via email.

The review will include the Gabba and proposed new venue, Brisbane Arena, as well as the Games’ other minor venues. The knockdown and rebuild of the Gabba has become a point of contention which eventually led to the resignation of the current Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner from the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Intergovernmental Leaders’ Forum late last year.

The state government has also announced that it will set up a delivery authority for the Games, which it expects to be operational around the middle of the year.  

“We want to deliver a Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games that brings Queenslanders together and creates legacy benefits for decades to come,” said Queensland Premier Steven Miles.

“The Games are a chance for us to unite, but it has become divisive.”

“I’m determined to end the division and bring people together, which is why I’ve committed to this 60-day review and establishing a delivery authority.

“The mission is simple, make sure the Games work for Queensland and delivers for Queenslanders.

“Graham Quirk enjoys great community respect and oversaw the development of the prefeasibility and feasibility studies for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Ken Kanofski has strong infrastructure experience and Michelle Morris will harness her expertise in major international events as part of this review.

“We’re going to deliver value-for-money Games venues which benefit Queenslanders long after the Games are over, and the review will help us to achieve that.”

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