The Palaszczuk government has revealed their vision for the future of Queensland's home of Cricket and AFL.
A $100 million injection into land surrounding the Gabba is set to activate public space while connecting pedestrians with existing and future transit infrastructure.
The stadium, which has long suffered from an isolated location, is surrounded by some of Brisbane's busiest main roads causing large crowds of pedestrians to routinely wait at multiple sets of traffic lights.
Plans set forth aim to alleviate these access issues with the addition of a new raised pedestrian bridge connecting the current busway stop and the future site of the Cross River Rail stop at South Brisbane to a brand new forecourt.
Another bridge will accommodate pedestrians converging from the Logan Road precinct.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said investment in Cross River Rail unlocks a unique opportunity at Woolloongabba.
“$2 million dollars has been approved as part of the Cross River Rail project to begin planning and start the consultation process with potential investors and the community over the coming months,” Palaszczuk said.
“Cross River Rail will enable turn-up-and-go frequency public transport across the network, meaning fans from across SEQ will find it even easier to jump on a train and get down to support the mighty Brisbane Lions or the Brisbane Heat.”
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has unveiled an exciting concept for the future of the precinct around the Gabba.
“Plans are for the whole city block, which includes the Landcentre, old South Brisbane Dental Hospital and Goprint sites, to be completely transformed over the next decade.”
It is understood the project has the potential to attract up to $1.5 billion of private investment with redevelopment area surrounding the stadium soon be up for grabs.
Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the project will be put to the private sector to test the market.
The stadium has come under scrutiny in recent years for having outdated facilities, which saw it recently relegated by Cricket Australia behind Perth and Adelaide's stadiums in the national listings.
“Going forward, we are rolling up our sleeves in collaboration with all stakeholders to give fans a great experience – one that will rival the freshest stadiums in the nation,”
“In possibly the best outcome of this precinct, the opportunity to leverage both the Gabba and the Station could deliver up to 300 new affordable homes,” de Brenni said.
Inner-city Brisbane is benefiting from a spate of developments aiming to revitalise otherwise unused space.
Once the new Cross River Rail is complete, Woolloongabba will be minutes by train to the new Albert Street station in Brisbane’s CBD.
It's expected that redevelopment would be timed to coincide with the opening of Cross River Rail in 2024.