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Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live will progress as a joint project at Roma Street, with Labor announcing on Sunday the entertainment project would be planned and delivered under the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority in partnership with AEG Ogden’s Harvey Lister.
The proposed Brisbane Live includes a 17,000-seat arena, cinemas, restaurants and bars.
Deputy Premier and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad said Labor was committed to creating a world class city through visionary development and an integrated and modern public transport system.
“Brisbane Live is proposed for a location that is right in the heart of the current Roma Street precinct, which is an underutilised area in proximity to key destinations like Caxton Street, the Paddington Barracks and Suncorp Stadium,” she said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to fully fund the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project creates further momentum for Brisbane Live because the new underground Roma Street station will enable a whole precinct of redevelopment and revitalisation.
“We have been working very closely with Harvey Lister to make sure we create the best entertainment and integrated transport precinct in Australia.
Ms Trad said Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls needed to make his position on Cross River Rail clear.
“Will he cut it or continue it,” she said.
“If Tim Nicholls cancels or delays Cross River Rail this will also impact Brisbane Live and have serious economic consequences for south-east Queensland.
“Will he put at risk the thousands of jobs that Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live will create because of political short-sightedness?”
Mr Nicholls is yet to address the LNP’s stance on Cross River Rail.
When media has asked Mr Nicholls during his campaign what his plans are for Cross River Rail he has told them to keep following the campaign and wait and see.
Chairman and CEO of AEG Ogden Harvey Lister said he was delighted the Palaszczuk Government was progressing Brisbane Live with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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