The plan during the days of the Beattie Queensland government was for a $12.5 million public plaza across Countess Street near where the Roma Street fire station is today.
However, the Defence Department would not relinquish the barracks, and the millions set aside as state funding were instead absorbed into the stadium rebuild.
On game days, fans use the footpath beside Roma Street, as well as one lane of the road temporarily closed to traffic.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles recently indicated better pedestrian and transport connections would be incorporated into the precinct.
“The new Brisbane Arena at Roma Street will see the revitalisation of an underused inner-city area into a vibrant precinct with high-quality public realm, retail, dining and entertainment that’s close to transport,” Miles said.
“Planning for the arena and the broader precinct is under way and will provide greater clarity around active transport connections for the area.”
The forum also heard calls to make areas of Brisbane more accessible before looking to work required for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Queensland Walks executive officer Anna Campbell shocked delegates when she said 6500 Brisbane streets did not have a footpath – 4000 of them without a footpath on either side.
“Plenty of work needs to be done,” she said, estimating it would cost upwards of $200 million.
Brisbane City Council would not answer whether Brisbane had 6500 streets without a footpath.
Instead, a spokeswoman said Brisbane had a network of more than 5000 kilometres of footpaths and had delivered more than 190,000 square metres of footpaths over the past three years.