Save East Brisbane State School

Save East Brisbane State School

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“The Gabba” Olympic stadium proposed redevelopment most likely will see the end of East Brisbane State School in its current location, a historically rich location.

Since 1899, Heritage-listed East Brisbane State School (EBSS) has stood beside the famous sporting arena, the Gabba.

EBSS has strong ties to the local community, the school catchment covering the inner city suburbs of East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point and Woolloongabba.

EBSS is a shining example of sustainability and a recent survey showed 70% of the 300 students who attend EBSS walk, bike or scooter to and from school each day.

The 2032 Olympic bidding process was the first in which the IOC sought an interest in reducing venue sizes, rethinking transport options and optimising existing infrastructure. 
 
Paris 2024 is doing away with the tired old concept of an opening ceremony in a stadium. The parade of athletes will be held on the river Seine, and include an estimated 600,000 spectators along the river.

So why is Brisbane building a brand new stadium, when the existing stadium is only 25 years old? The knockdown and rebuild will only add 8,000 seats and initial cost estimates of the knockdown and rebuild were One Billion tax payer dollars. 

There has been a massive spike in construction costs recently so “The Gabba” redevelopment will inevitably cost taxpayers substantially more, while disrupting and choking traffic along Vulture Street, Stanley Street, and surrounding streets for half a decade.
 
It is time for a rethink. There a many better ways to spend these tax payer Billions by using existing infrastructure and venues to host the 2032 games.
 
East Brisbane State School and its workable continuation need to form part of any planned works on “The Gabba” site.
 
We ask that the Queensland Government resile from pulling down “The Gabba” in order that the school can continue to run at its current location or guarantee a new school site in the heart of the current school catchment.

East Brisbane State School has co-existed with the Gabba for 123 years.
 
They can co-exist for another 123 years, if Brisbane rethinks its 2032 strategy and instead becomes a shining example of sustainability to the world.

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