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Olympic Aquatic Centre & Roma Street Parkland Expansion, Brisbane 2032


Brisbane’s Roma Street precinct is set to expand as part of the Cross River Rail project, freeing up valuable land for additional residential towers, open space and a new Olympics venue.

Concept of new Roma Street Station entrance

The Roma Street Station is expected to be one of the busiest public transport interchange, with the new underground Cross River train station connecting to major bus services.

In placing the majority of the transport hub underground, frees up more than 2ha of additional publicly accessible open space to expand the Roma Street Parklands and include new cycling and pedestrian paths throughout.

The area has been marked as a location for a new indoor live entertainment arena, which construction will now will be brought forward to host events for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics and Paralympics, in particular swimming and water polo events.

Concept of new Live Entertainment Arena

Concept of new Live Entertainment Arena

Steven Miles Deputy Premier, outlined that the Roma Street Priority Development Area (PDA) masterplan presented exciting opportunities in the lead up to the Olympic Games.

“Brisbane is now an ‘Olympic City’ along with global destination-giants Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo”.

“Hosting the 2032 Games will mean a 10-year pipeline of construction jobs, trade and investment opportunities, and legacy projects that will benefit Queenslanders for decades to come”.

“The Roma Street precinct will include a new indoor arena, as well as more publicly accessible open space for people to enjoy,” Mr Miles said.

Parkland Expansion Concept Design

Mark Bailey, Transport and Main Roads Minister outlined that Roma Street Parklands would be protected and expanded under a finalised development scheme for the area. The new precinct would be an integral part of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a proposed arena likely to host swimming and water polo events.

“The Palaszczuk Government is building the infrastructure and drawing the blueprints now to support jobs as part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and set our state up for success in 2032,” Mr Bailey said.

“The 11 hectares of publicly accessible open space within the Roma Street Parklands will be protected forever and expanded by more than two hectares.

“The scheme also provides for new residential buildings parallel to the rail corridor, close to existing apartment complexes along Parkland Boulevard.

“The huge underground cavern for Cross River Rail’s new Roma Street station is almost fully excavated,” he said.

“Grace Grace campaigned incredibly hard to protect and expand the parklands, so this is a great community outcome.”

Member for McConnel Grace Grace said creating more public open space and including social and affordable housing requirements for future development would provide greater access to the parklands for the community in the long term.

“Not only will the development scheme protect and expand the Roma Street Parklands, but it will allow more people to enjoy this amazing location as their ‘backyard’ and all the benefits that come with inner-city living,” Ms Grace said.

“This scheme identifies opportunities to help us renew one of Brisbane’s most underutilised inner-city locations while protecting and enhancing the beautiful natural features that already exist there.

“It’s also helping us get Olympics ready now, by including provisions for a new Brisbane indoor arena within the PDA.”

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Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from referenced locations.
– Media Statement: Roma Street transformation takes shape
– Media Statement: Brisbane Live goes to market
– Images and Video: supplied
– Google Aerial Map

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