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Controversy grows over the Gabba redevelopment for 2032 Olympic Games

A Greens MP has labelled one decision an "absolute disgrace".

More than a year since Brisbane was named host city for the 2032 Olympics, the state and federal governments finally came together, reaching a $7b funding deal.

Under the agreement, the federal government will contribute more than $3b towards the games. But it won't be a 50/50 split with the state government, unlike what was originally proposed under the Morrison Government.

Most of the Albanese government's funding will go towards paying for the Brisbane Live arena, costing $2.5b - set to host aquatic events for the games - then will play home to a 17,000-seat concert venue. The federal government will also fund upgrades to existing venues.

The controversial Gabba redevelopment project will have its tab picked up by the state government. It will cost taxpayers 2.7 billion dollars.

After first being costed at 1 billion dollars two years ago - the Gabba redevelopment project will house 50,000 seats and better mobility and transport access. The athletics events will be featured there, along with the opening and closing ceremonies.

The redevelopment project of Gabba hasn’t come without controversy - and it’s all centred around the East Brisbane State School, which is over a century old and many buildings at the campus are heritage listed, now, it will soon be closed, with all 250+ students to be relocated by the beginning of 2026.

The federal Greens MP for the seat of Griffith, Max Chandler-Mather, has labelled it an "absolute disgrace".

It comes as the premier assured residents that the Gabba will support the sporting and entertainment needs of the city before and after 2032, not just for the games.

The school's heritage-listed buildings will be refurbished and repurposed and integrated into the operations of the stadium. The Department of Education has confirmed they are consulting on three options for the State School.

Claire is a former student at the school. She's told 6 News it would be lovely if the school could remain open.

Reminiscing on memories, something that the school has provided for so many.

"I was very sad at the thought of it being demolished, but on Friday when I heard the news that the school's heritage [buildings] will be saved, I felt very relieved."

"As new families move into the district, they will need this school."

The funding deal marks a major step towards preparing Brisbane to host the games with hopes the event will bring economic and tourism benefits to the city, the state, and the country.

Construction on The Gabba project is set to begin in 2026, and finish in 2030, just in time for the Olympics.

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