The LNP government has announced that it will return the Queensland budget to the black by selling three inner Brisbane suburbs to Victoria. In a draft proposal released to the public, the suburbs of South Brisbane, West End and Woolloongabba have been identified as desirable assets to be sold given the high price of their real estate and the area’s “unQueensland cultural values”.
Under the deal brokered with the Victorian government, the three suburbs will retain their geographic location in Brisbane but will become part of the city of Melbourne.
In addition to the substantial economic windfall for Queensland, the draft proposal states that the benefits of the sell-off include:
1. The AFL will have another Melbourne-based team and Brisbane can return to being a 100% rugby league city.
2. Holidays to Victoria will become more affordable for struggling Brisbane families.
3. Actors and musicians living in West End will no longer need to relocate to Victoria to prove themselves.
4. International touring acts who only play Sydney and Melbourne can now play the Convention Centre.
5. Thanks to South Bank, Melbourne will now have a decent beach and a ferris wheel that works.
6. Did we mention the Queensland government will get lots of cash?
The public has been given two months to comment.
Is selling off part of inner Brisbane a good idea? What would you sell?