Mt Gravatt QSAC Eyes Metro Lifeline For 2032 Games Legacy

Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)
Photo Credit: Facebook/QSAC - Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre

Griffith University is proposing to build a high-frequency Metro link to its Nathan campus and the nearby Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre in Mount Gravatt, as part of a plan to present initiatives that would leave a lasting legacy to the community even after the 2032 Olympics.

Cities Research Institute at Griffith University is in charge of the initiative that aims to tackle concerns about public transport access to the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), a key athletics venue for the Olympic Games.

The State’s decision to ditch the Gabba rebuild and reject other stadium proposals has sparked debate about the long-term benefits and transport links of the $1.6-billion QSAC redevelopment.

Photo Credit: Facebook/QSAC – Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre

Brisbane LM Adrian Schrinner, who previously threw his support behind the Victoria Park option, has left the issue of transport around QSAC to the government.

Professor Matthew Burke from the Cities Research Institute believes there’s a more cost-effective solution. He is proposing a Metro route that would run from the South East Busway into the university campus. This would make it easier for students to get around, improve logistics for the Games, and boost public transport options for the QEII Jubilee Hospital.

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The plan would involve turning existing parking lots into Metro stations, which could lead to fewer people driving. State Development Minister Grace Grace says the government is keen to explore all options that will ensure the Games’ success and leave a positive legacy for the community. This includes improvements to transport links between QSAC, the hospital, and Griffith University.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor Carolyn Evans emphasised the importance of better connections between the campus, QSAC, and the hospital. She said a well-integrated precinct would benefit the wider community.

While the specifics of the Metro proposal are still being considered, Cindy Hook, CEO of the Brisbane Organising Committee, has acknowledged the value of fresh ideas in shaping the Games infrastructure.

Photo Credit: Facebook/QSAC – Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre

As discussions continue, there’s also a focus on the potential environmental impact. Professor Burke says there would be minimal disruption to the nearby koala habitats.

In the midst of these developments, the upcoming launch of the Metro system later this year highlights the city’s commitment to improving its public transport network, with further expansions planned.

While QSAC has been chosen as a Games venue, the ongoing discussions show the complex interplay between building infrastructure, considering the environment, and leaving a positive legacy for the community.

Published Date 12-April-2024