A six-year journey to bring the world’s biggest sporting event to South East Queensland is a step closer with the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic proposal to go to a full International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote on July 21.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says the overnight announcement by the IOC’s Executive Board was an important step in what has been a labour of love for the region’s Mayors since 2015.
“Six years ago, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) started looking at a regional Olympic and Paralympic Games to bring forward the infrastructure our communities need and to position the region as a global destination for tourism, trade and investment,” Lord Mayor Schrinner says.
“Our commitment over the past six years has never waivered and we are honoured the IOC Executive Board has recommended our proposal be put to IOC members to decide if we should host the Games of the thirty-fifth Olympiad.
“If we are successful, it will deliver a decade of regional benefits for our communities, including a significant employment boost, along with billions of dollars in tourism and trade opportunities.
“We aren’t taking anything for granted however, we still need to show the IOC members that we have what it takes to host the Games in 2032, and we will be working hard to do ensure we put our best foot forward.”
Moreton Bay to enter the ring
Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery says a 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games would put the region on the map, and it would be one of the big winners from a Brisbane Games.
Mayor Flannery says the Moreton Bay Region has been selected to host the Olympic boxing event at a new purpose-built venue that will have legacy benefits for the entire region.
“We’ll be pulling no punches to ensure this is the best Olympic venue possible so that visitors leave Moreton Bay Region raving about what a great time they had here,” he says.
“This will have huge ongoing benefits for the region too by activating The Mill Priority Development Area and providing a community facility that can be used to host multiple indoor sports, exhibitions, trade shows, festivals, community groups and many more.
“The Mill is a perfect location for an Olympic venue being a short drive from the Brisbane International Airport and CBD, and it has its own train station.
“The 2032 Olympics and Paralympics will be a true generational change that all Moreton Bay residents can embrace.
“Moreton Bay Region is one of the fastest growing Council areas in Australia – with our population set to surpass the state of Tasmania by 2031. A successful 2032 Olympics proposal will not only put us on the map, but it’ll fast-track the delivery of vital infrastructure to help our region become a powerhouse of South East Queensland.
“We want to see more infrastructure investment on this scale to provide recreation infrastructure that keeps pace with our growth, provides new jobs, and helps to attract events, tourism and investment in our region.
“I’m pumped to announce that if the Brisbane 2032 proposal is successful, it will help deliver a new Olympic boxing venue here at The Mill site in Petrie.
“We will continue to work closely with the SEQ Council of Mayors, the State and Federal Government and the Australian Olympic Committee on maximising the legacy benefits of the indoor sports centre for our region.”
Lord Mayor Schrinner says as part of the announcement overnight, Brisbane 2032 partners also published a copy of their proposal, outlining their vision as host of the 2032 Games.
“It shows our commitment is firmly on creating a legacy for the community and a key part of that legacy is the jobs and infrastructure our region needs, not just for a Games but beyond,” he explains.
“We know a 2032 Games can only succeed if the State and Federal Government deliver a significant investment in transport infrastructure and we will continue to advocate for these projects to ensure local mums and dads can spend more time at home and less time stuck in traffic.”
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