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Brisbane: No need to panic over Olympics stadium plans

Panics have started over Brisbane Olympics stadium plans but International Olympic Committee (IOC) says there is no need.

Initially Queensland government proposed a $3 billion rebuild of the Gabba.

The proposal included a new “greenfield” stadium at Victoria Park.

After the independent Games review led by former Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk, World-class stadium was recommended to be built as the host venue at Victoria Park.

As the estimated cost for renovation of Gabba would likely blowout for a full rebuild, Quirk called for it to be demolished and turned into greenspace.

Premier Steven Miles Miles rejected the recommendation and has instead opted to upgrade the QSAC, Gabba and Suncorp Stadium, to host the Games across all thre.

Overnight, IOC sat with Game officials for the second time to deal about the plans.

IOC maintained there was still enough time to get plans in order for Brisbane’s Olympic Games venues which will take place in 2032.

“There’s really no reason to start panicking at this point,” said Kirsty Coventry from the IOC.

“We’re always there to help with the technical side of things and to give advice but it’s not for us to step in and give direction,” said Coventry.

Both major parties have ruled out the Victoria Park proposal and the Gabba rebuild. 9News reported.

The final decisions could be taken after the election in October but Olympic officials said work on smaller venues will begin in the coming months.


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