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Brisbane Lions immediate past president Bob Sharpless on ABC Saturday was also critical of the way the funding announcement was made and doubted the club was in a financial position to contribute directly to expand the RNA auditorium.

This masthead has been told both sports will make clear they were expecting to be paid for revenue they would lose from not being able to use the Gabba for four years and are not happy about being asked to contribute to a replacement temporary stadium.

Cricket Australia and the Brisbane Lions have held numerous meetings since Friday’s proposal and have decided to reject the proposed funding split.

Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe on Sunday made it clear the state government has “no contractual need” to provide for sports displaced during Games works.

“We are doing that; we are making these offers in order to deliver the best outcome for sport, industry and the ongoing viability of those key users of a redeveloped 21st century Gabba. That’s what we are doing it for,” he said.

This masthead has been told the two major sports are loath to enter into low-interest-rate loans from the Queensland government, when they have their own facilities they wish to upgrade.

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Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner – like Queensland Cricket and AFL figures – was critical of the funding model being “announced” by the state government, after a phone hook-up he was not able to attend.

On Sunday, he stood down from the Queensland-government-appointed Games 2032 Interdepartmental Leaders Forum, describing it as “dysfunctional” example of where the Queensland government “had lost its way on the road to the Games”.

“Ever since the Premier and I travelled to Tokyo together to secure the 2032 Games, I have been a committed team player, despite numerous setbacks and political differences,” Schrinner said.

“However, it’s clear that the Games have become more about over-priced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions.

“The state government’s ham-fisted and foolish attempt to extort Brisbane ratepayers for tens of millions of dollars for a new RNA stadium was the final straw.”



Brisbane Lions immediate past president Bob Sharpless on ABC Saturday was also critical of the way the funding announcement was made and doubted the club was in a financial position to contribute directly to expand the RNA auditorium.

This masthead has been told both sports will make clear they were expecting to be paid for revenue they would lose from not being able to use the Gabba for four years and are not happy about being asked to contribute to a replacement temporary stadium.

Cricket Australia and the Brisbane Lions have held numerous meetings since Friday’s proposal and have decided to reject the proposed funding split.

Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe on Sunday made it clear the state government has “no contractual need” to provide for sports displaced during Games works.

“We are doing that; we are making these offers in order to deliver the best outcome for sport, industry and the ongoing viability of those key users of a redeveloped 21st century Gabba. That’s what we are doing it for,” he said.

This masthead has been told the two major sports are loath to enter into low-interest-rate loans from the Queensland government, when they have their own facilities they wish to upgrade.

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Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner – like Queensland Cricket and AFL figures – was critical of the funding model being “announced” by the state government, after a phone hook-up he was not able to attend.

On Sunday, he stood down from the Queensland-government-appointed Games 2032 Interdepartmental Leaders Forum, describing it as “dysfunctional” example of where the Queensland government “had lost its way on the road to the Games”.

“Ever since the Premier and I travelled to Tokyo together to secure the 2032 Games, I have been a committed team player, despite numerous setbacks and political differences,” Schrinner said.

“However, it’s clear that the Games have become more about over-priced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions.

“The state government’s ham-fisted and foolish attempt to extort Brisbane ratepayers for tens of millions of dollars for a new RNA stadium was the final straw.”

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