New direction for Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games sports venues has community sport at its heart

Published Monday, 18 March, 2024 at 02:17 PM


The Honourable Steven Miles

Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace

  • Miles Government accepts 27 of 30 recommendations from the independent Sport Venue Review for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Go ahead for new Brisbane Arena in a different location at Roma St precinct.
  • Upgrades planned for the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC) and Suncorp Stadium, subject to due diligence and consultation with games partners.
  • Exploring legacy transport opportunities to link QSAC, QEII hospital, and Griffith University with connected precincts in the city.
  • Proposed new stadium for Victoria Park ruled out.
  • Gabba rebuild will not proceed.

The Miles Government will accept almost all the recommendations made as part of the Review into Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games venue infrastructure.

The 60-day Sport Venue Review of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games venue infrastructure was completed by an independent panel led by former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

The final report was provided to the Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace on Friday afternoon (15 March).

More than 900 submissions were received during the Review, while the panel held 130 meetings with stakeholders, assessed numerous studies, and conducted 28 site visits.

The findings have identified new opportunities to deliver value-for-money for Queenslanders, while supporting the government’s legacy vision. At its core, the government’s response prioritises community benefit while ensuring costs remain within the agreed funding envelope of $7.1 billion to be shared between the State and Commonwealth governments.

The Government will now explore upgrades to QSAC and Suncorp Stadium while continuing to deliver the new state-of-the-art Brisbane Arena, securing benefits for more than 30 sporting facilities across Queensland, and exploring exciting opportunities for new transport connections in Brisbane as part of a revamped plan to enhance community legacy.

The new Brisbane Arena is a much-needed piece of community infrastructure which will have multiple legacy uses for decades to come. It will feature within a connected precinct where accessibility and walkability will be a key feature to its position among the city’s cultural and entertainment centres.

Suncorp Stadium and QSAC are the two most highly used venues in Queensland, with QSAC hosting nearly 782,000 visits in 2022-23. More than 527,000 visits were community sporting groups and schools, with another 167,000 visits from training and aspiring athletes. This compares to community visits of less than 20,000 at the Gabba, and around 4,000 athlete visits. Any upgrades to QSAC will further broaden community access. 

Investment at QSAC would also provide the opportunity to explore expanded transport links servicing not only the stadium but also Griffith University, the health precinct at QEII hospital, and the growing communities on the southside of Brisbane to provide additional legacy benefits.

The Moreton Bay community is also one of the winners, with their new Indoor Sports Centre being investigated for an expansion.

The Breakfast Creek Indoor Sports Precinct at Albion will not proceed with the panel recommending an indoor sports centre be located in Zillmere or Boondall instead. The proposed upgrades to the Toowoomba Sports Ground will not proceed, but opportunities to host other Games events in the region will be explored.

The Government will move quickly to complete due diligence on venues in the coming months, followed by construction. Around half of these venues are outside of Brisbane, providing an economic and jobs boost during construction and beyond.

The Review panel recommended a brand new multi-billion dollar stadium at Victoria Park. However, as the reviewers noted, significantly more work is required to understand the opportunity and before these preliminary findings can be relied upon.

The Government does not believe it would be possible to deliver any new stadium at Victoria Park within the existing agreed funding, and the IOC has noted that a new stadium for the Olympic and Paralympic Games sits outside the “new norm” of using existing or already planned venues.

The Government is therefore ruling out a stadium at Victoria Park, instead favouring investigating upgrades to QSAC and Suncorp.

The previously proposed re-build of the Gabba will not proceed, instead replaced with a more modest enhancement of the existing facility in consultation with AFL, Cricket Australia, and other stakeholders. Those sports will no longer be displaced from the Gabba, and East Brisbane State School will not need to vacate its current site by the end of 2025. However future works to the Gabba are expected to impact the school, and the government will work closely with the school community as those plans develop.

Any change of sports venue requires consultation with Games Delivery Partners, including the Australian Government, and final games approval from the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Delivery of the sports venue program will be the work of the Independent Delivery Authority when it is established mid-2024.

Quotes attributable to Premier Steven Miles:

“This Review was one of my very first acts as Premier of Queensland and was driven by what Queenslanders told me was important to them – bang for buck and a lasting legacy.

“No one wants to see money spent on facilities that are only needed for four weeks.

“Instead, this new direction will deliver decades of benefit to local schools, community athletics programs and Olympic and Paralympic athletes in 2032 and beyond.

“I want to thank Graham, Ken and Michelle for taking on this challenge and for their dedicated work over the last 60 days.

“My government will accept 90 per cent of the recommendations made, for the benefit of Queenslanders right around the state.

“One of their recommendations would have meant the demise of the Gabba, which is something we couldn’t accept for such a beloved venue.

“And while the concept of a new stadium at Victoria Park has merit, the uncertainty around final cost means it is unfortunately not an option.

“2032 is one of the greatest opportunities to put Brisbane and Queensland on the map and leave a legacy for generations to come.”

Quotes attributable to Minister Grace Grace:

“I want to place on record my thanks to Graham, Ken, and Michelle for the work they have done on such an important issue.

“I also want to thank all those who took the time to make a submission. Over 900 submissions were carefully reviewed, and informed the report and our response to it.

“The Miles Government now has a clear new approach, and we will be consulting closely with our delivery partners in the Commonwealth Government, the IOC, and the IPC to do our due diligence on QSAC and Suncorp and progress as quickly as possible.

“Victoria Park is highly-valued by the community, and we have no plans to spend billions of dollars to encroach into that green space.

“With the Review completed, we’ll be wasting no time with getting on with the job with a range of venues proceeding through to the next stage of delivery.

“Venues at the Sunshine Coast – the Indoor Sports Centre, Stadium Upgrade and Mountain Bike Facility, as well as the Chandler precinct projects can now progress to procurement with others following soon after.”

Quotes attributable to IOC Vice President John Coates:

“Athletics Australia will be very pleased that with a QSAC upgrade, Queensland and Australian athletics will be left with a legacy venue for the development of the sport in Queensland.

“Sydney 2000 left a competition and warm-up track legacy for athletics, a legacy missing from the London, Rio, and Tokyo Games.

“The IOC will make available its Games construction experts to advise in respect of the potential upgrades to QSAC, including specifically whether the full $1 billion of suggested upgrades are needed.”

Quotes attributable to Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee President Andrew Liveris:

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games must fit the region, not the region fit the Games, and we will use the venues and infrastructure made available to us.

“We acknowledge the Queensland Government’s actions in accepting the majority of the independent review’s recommendations and urge due diligence across venues and infrastructure to be completed quickly and in consultation with stakeholders. 

“Time and cost estimates are of the essence and progress must move swiftly.

“Once decisions are finalised, we will work with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee to refine our Venue Master Plan and Sport Program, in line with our Olympic Host Contract commitments.”

Further information (if required):

  • The Review did not consider temporary venues and overlay, athlete villages, the International Broadcasting Centre and Main Press Centre, minor upgrades which may be necessary for existing sports venues.

Table of sports venues planned for use in the Games 

Summary of sports venues  



 Report findings  

 Government response




The Gabba

Recommendation to maintain to standard and then fully demolish until a different new stadium is built in a new location.

Vital maintenance work to proceed.


Brisbane Arena  

Recommendation to proceed with venue in new location within Roma St Parklands.

Recommendation accepted.


Queensland State Athletics Centre

Recommendation not to use as a Games venue – recommended new stadium at Victoria Park

Investigate upgrades to this highly utilised community and high-performance venue for Games and legacy use



Breakfast Creek Indoor Sports Precinct (Albion)  

New venue to proceed in alternate location at Boondall or Zillmere.

Recommendation accepted, with the size of this venue dependent on further analysis.


Moreton Bay Indoor Sport Centre   

Recommended to proceed and investigate increasing the size of the centre.  

Recommendation accepted.


Logan Indoor Sports Centre  

Recommended to proceed.  

Recommendation accepted.


Sunshine Coast Indoor Sports Centre   

Recommended to proceed. 

Recommendation accepted.




Brisbane Aquatic Centre  

Recommended to proceed and minimise disruption during construction.

Recommendation accepted.


Anna Meares Velodrome and BMX supercross track  

Recommended to proceed.

Recommendation accepted.


Chandler Indoor Sports Centre    

Recommended to proceed.

  Recommendation accepted.



Wyaralong Flat Water Centre   

Recommended to proceed with further consideration of exact siting at Wyaralong.

Recommendation accepted.


Redland Whitewater Centre  

Recommended to proceed.

Recommendation accepted subject to the continued support from Redland City Council.




Barlow Park (Cairns) 

Recommended to proceed. 

Recommendation accepted


Toowoomba Sports Ground  

Stadium facility upgrade not to proceed. Consider other events to be held in the region.  

  Recommendation accepted




Brisbane International Shooting Centre (Belmont)

 Recommended to proceed with   

 investigations for greater community use.

  Recommendation accepted.


Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Centre   

 Recommended to proceed. 

  Recommendation accepted.


Sunshine Coast Stadium   

 Recommended to proceed. 

  Recommendation accepted.


Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane Football Stadium)

 No recommendation provided.

Government will investigate upgrade options.




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