First look at Chandler Sport Precinct’s $257 million makeover

JOINT STATEMENT
  • New images released today show the exciting future in store for the Chandler Sports Precinct, also known as Sleeman Sports Complex
  • Works include a brand-new Indoor Sports Centre, upgrades to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, and precinct works to connect the venues
  • Tenders for the Indoor Sports Centre and Precinct works are already out to market, with over 70 businesses attending the briefing
  • Contract for the Brisbane Aquatic Centre due out in 2025, as part of a phased approach favoured by industry
  • Chandler earmarked to host range of sports during Games including gymnastics, diving, water polo, track cycling, BMX racing, and wheelchair basketball
  • Construction due to start in 2025 and finish in 2027 – providing benefits to community and athletes well before the Games begin

Images released today give a first glimpse of what Brisbane’s Chandler Sports Precinct will look like after its $257 million makeover is complete, as part of the Games legacy for Queensland’s most diverse multi-sports hub.

Queensland Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, and Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee President Andrew Liveris today visited the site and met some of the aspiring athletes who will benefit from the significant investment.

Upgrades to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, first built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games where Lisa Curry and Tracey Wickham lit up the pool, will strengthen its place as a signature venue for Australian swimming – both for high-performance competition and community use.

The Chandler Sports Precinct already sees more than 640,000 visits across the year for a large number of sports and will only become more popular thanks to the addition of a massive new Indoor Sports Centre.

The new Centre will have 10,000 spectator seats and feature two halls – one accommodating 10 multi-sport courts and the other a 2,400m2 gymnastics facility – which before and after the Games will be able to host a range of sports including basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton, and gymnastics.

Also included are site improvements throughout the Precinct providing improved accessibility and lighting, a new green hub with gathering and meeting spaces, and inter-building connectivity.

The Australian and Queensland Governments have jointly allocated $257 million – supporting 210 construction jobs – from the $1.87 billion Minor Venues Program for the Chandler Sports Precinct Upgrades.

More than eight years out from the Games, a quarter of the Minor Venues Program will be out in the market in the coming months, with almost half are due out by the end of 2024. This work will soon transfer to the new independent Games Venue and Legacy Delivery Authority.

The Queensland and Australian Governments have committed to sourcing at least 30% of procurement from Queensland SMEs for the Minor Venues Program, as well as targets for 10-15% of all the hours on the projects to be undertaken by apprentices or trainees – helping to deliver the pipeline of construction workers our growing state needs.

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