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  1. New South Wales Bids For 2027 Netball World Cup source The NSW Government and Netball Australia have launched their bid to host the 2027 Netball World Cup in Sydney and regional NSW. Minister for Sport John Sidoti said the 2027 Netball World Cup bid campaign is now officially underway, as part of the NSW Government commitment to bid for 10 World Cups for the next decade. “After Sydney hosted a successful tournament here in 2015, the world’s best players could be on our shores once again in eight years, giving the Diamonds the best chance to win another World Cup gold medal in our backyard,” Mr Sidoti said. “Netball holds a unique position in the NSW sporting landscape with many outstanding role models leading to one of the highest participation rates and in both metro and regional areas.” The NSW Government’s vision for the 2027 Netball World Cup would see the majority of games played in Sydney Olympic Park at the Genea Netball Centre and the upgraded Ken Rosewall Arena. Regional NSW will also get to share in the action, with several of the pool games likely to take place in outer metro sporting hubs. Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said NSW’s major event reputation takes the 2027 Sydney Netball World Cup bid to another level. “This could be another coup for our State, not only for athletes and sporting fans but the wider NSW community, with the event to boost the local economy by an estimated $30.5 million,” Mr Ayres said. Netball Australia Chair Paolina Hunt said netball keeps people of all ages active and having the best players in NSW for a World Cup will provide an incredible incentive for the next generation of elite netballers. “In NSW, netball is flourishing with more than 117,748 registered members, across 120 associations and 4,145 clubs,” Ms Hunt said. “NSW is a netball state, connecting every community like nothing else, empowering girls and women, both on and off the court, through the power of netball.”
  2. Australia and New Zealand win bid to to host 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Credit: ABC Australia By Jacqueline Howard 26/6/2020 Australia and New Zealand have been successful in their historic joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup The trans-Tasman bid beat out that of final rival Colombia by 22 votes to 13 at the FIFA council meeting in Zurich early this morning. The tournament will be the first-ever co-Confederation hosted FIFA World Cup (Australia, being part of the Asian football confederation and New Zealand a member of the Oceanic branch), as well as the first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in the Asia-Pacific region. After previous bidders Japan and Brazil each pulled out of the race in recent days, Australia and New Zealand were up against Colombia alone. The joint bid was favourite to win after the technical audit scores were released at the beginning of June, which indicate the capability of a country to host the large-scale event. Australia received a very respectable score of 4.1 out of five, and Colombia a 2.8. Colombia, which did not qualify for the 2019 Women's World Cup, was voted for by most of the nine voters from European soccer body UEFA. In hosting the event, the Matildas and the Football Ferns will not be required to win qualifying matches and are automatically through to the opening round. It was also announced that the 2023 World Cup would be larger than previous tournaments, with the number of teams who start the group stage of the final tournament expanding from 24 to 32 teams. FIFA Council President Gianni Infantino hailed the expanded tournament. "It will be even more global and have much positive impact on the development of women's football," Mr Infantino said. Football Federation Australia chairman Chris Nikou said the successful bid was an enormous opportunity to grow football in the region. "FIFA today has made not one, but two countries very happy," Mr Nikou said. "Our pledge to the FIFA family is that no stone will be left unturned to produce the best World Cup and grow the women's game globally and in the Asia-Pacific region." New Zealand Football Federation president Johanna Wood promised the two nations would work together to deliver a tournament to remember. "Chris and I and the whole bidding team are extremely delighted with the result," she said. "We've always said with this bid, that it is as one and making history and creating opportunities." Players from both nations rejoice Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter had earlier told the Nine Network's Today show that the team had gathered in Sydney to receive the news together. "It would be extraordinary to have a FIFA Women's World Cup on home soil. We just dream of playing in a World Cup, let alone in our own backyard," Carpenter had said. And on Friday morning the good news was met with capital letters, emojis and exclamation marks aplenty as players from the Matildas and the Football Ferns celebrated. Matildas star Sam Kerr tweeted a gif of her celebrating a goal by doing a backflip, it followed another tweet that said "we did it. We freaking did it". "THE WORLD IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND IN 2023 We did it!" tweeted positionally versatile Matilda Jenna McCormick The reaction of some of the members of the New Zealand squad was recorded and comprised of screams of joy, followed by chants of "yes". Football Ferns skipper Ali Riley posted a tearful selfie and joked with Matildas counterpart Sam Kerr about celebrating with a backflip Hosting rights extra sweet after 2022 World Cup bid failure The win was sweet redemption in many ways for Australian soccer after the nation was handed heartbreak during the bidding process for what will become the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In 2010, Australia vied for the hosting rights of the 2022 men's tournament, but received just one vote during a secret ballot, and was knocked out in the first round. The bid was backed by $46 million of Federal Government funds but controversy followed as Qatar was chosen instead. That bidding process opened up an investigation that found layers upon layers of corruption throughout FIFA and resulted in FBI raids on the offices of the governing body and a slew of arrests. Regardless, many past and present Socceroos shared the joy of the Matildas and Australian soccer fans alike, with one of Australia's most celebrated players, Tim Cahill leading the way saying he was "lost for words".
  3. As a Brisbane based politics nut even i struggle to see where this is going. Sure the north and west traditionally vote conservative, but it;s the city seats where the election is won, and given whats happened in Qld with the last few elections i would not call it at all. There is no mood for change. no one has the baseball bats out like we did for Bligh and especially Newman. Theres also next to no election advertising at the moment (there was a Frekington billboard around the corner from me for about a week and than it was pulled down) meaning a good chunk of voters are not even thinking about state politics at the moment - and the current instablity in the LNP can't be heaping there case but would not be reflected in any polls released anyway
  4. Queensland Olympics bid to drive post-COVID-19 recovery: AOC Credit: Brisbane Times https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/queensland-olympics-bid-to-drive-post-covid-19-recovery-aoc-20200526-p54wkf.html By Gregg Baum May 26, 2020 — 2.53pm Far from dampen Queensland’s 2032 Olympics bid, the coronavirus crisis can work in its favour as well as acting as driver of recovery for the state, the Australian Olympic Committee says. AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Queensland already has the edge on less advanced bids from Indonesia, India, Germany, Spain and, jointly, North and South Korea. “Queensland is ahead of the game. They can move very quickly,” Carroll said. “They’re already well down the track of master planning for the Games. “The state government already has given the green light to pursue it. The other cities are talking about it, but they haven’t started their candidatures. Whether they do after this crisis, the IOC can make a decision by 2022. They’re no longer bound to (make a decision) seven years before a Games.” The AOC and the Queensland government have put the bid on hold while the country negotiates a path through the crisis. Meantime, maverick north Queensland Federal MP Bob Katter has labelled it a waste of money and resources at the worst time "If it was a stupid idea to sink billions into a Brisbane Olympic games before COVID-19, then it is infinitely more stupid now," Katter said. But Carroll maintains that under new, slimline International Olympic Committee protocols, the Games themselves will be cost-neutral to Australia. Meantime, there would be a decade of new opportunities. “On the other side of the crisis, we think the candidature has a role to play,” Carroll said. “There’s a 10-year runway. There’s the other major events that a thing like the Olympic Games will start to attract to Australia.” Already locked in the women’s basketball world championships in Sydney and the world road cycling championships in Wollongong, both in 2022. Beyond, there’s the possibility of the women’s soccer World Cup in 2023 and the men’s rugby World Cup in 2027. Australia have made bids for both. “The Olympic Games is the icing on the cake in the end,” Carroll said. Carroll said there would be immediate work in planning and tourism, and nearer to the time work in businesses providing services to the Games as well as at the Olympics themselves. Typically, he said, the host broadcaster employed 10,000 local people to produce the Olympics coverage. These would be spread across the state. “If you think about it a different way, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional benefits and drivers are actually an incentive towards hosting the Games,” Carroll said. “And hosting the Games is getting cheaper each time. The IOC is simplifying the Games.” Host cities are now encouraged to use existing and temporary venues, smaller than previously. “The IOC now says, if you don’t need it in the future, don’t build it,” Carroll said. “Just do a temporary facility. You’ll see it in Tokyo [next year] and certainly in Paris and Los Angeles, hosts in 2024 and 2028. Extras such as live sites are optional henceforth. “You can see the scale is being adjusted, and for good measure,” Carroll said.
  5. makes sense at the moment to sit and see what happens. There was a radio interview this morning with a sports reporter and the thinking was as follows: we don't know whats happening with Tokyo. It's possible Tokyo will not go ahead. if this is the case, Tokyo has flushed big money down the toilet. they will want some return for this money. therefore, do we push everything back 4 years? (ie Tokyo 2024, Paris 2028 and LA 2032) or do they award Tokyo 2032 as a compensation? The bid is not dead - as much as some on the more extreme right would like it to be - it's just paused, and it is the right thing to do at the moment.
  6. I've noticed this talk as well. i would not be surprised to see Coates as the next IOC president. I also would be surprised if sometime in the next year or 18 months Brisbane gets some recognition as the "preferred bidder" for 2032 (similar to what the CGF has done for Hamilton) I would also expect that should Brisbane get 2032 cricket is in with a good chance to be included (Probably in the 20/20 format)
  7. oh and just to add onto the above. if all levels of government are really are on board i would think Brisbane would almost be dead certs to get this now, given how we have managed covid and it looks like we are though the worst of it with minimal deaths and infection rates into the single digits a day now, where as places like India and indonesia are still struggling to contain the virus
  8. Fully Agree. A big event the whole community can build towards and get around might just be what the economy needs. 2032 in Brisbane would be something that we could look forward to, and be used to do some big projects that would make brisbane a better place to live. My only concern is that i can see politicians being scared of even talking about hosting the games with the current economic situation of high unemployment given i can see people thinking "why are we spending billions to host the olympics when so many people are out of work" not thinking about the jobs that would come out of an olypic games
  9. Queensland just had it's first day with no new diagnosis of COVID-19 in 3 months. Qld and Australia in general are getting on top of this and i expect this would be something that the IOC would be looking at when deciding if they want to award the games to Queensland. That of course hinges on if Queensland still wants it. I suspect as a queenslander myself there is a lot less support for an olympics now given the mass unemployment that we now have thanks to Corona
  10. The problem with AFL is that it is a secondary sport in Qld. people only show up in big numbers when the lions are winning. if they are not you would really struggle to get 20,000 to a game (look at the Qld reds where if they play a south African side in super rugby they struggle to get 10,000) In terms of cricket, people only come out if we are playing the Poms for the ashes or india. if we are playing pakistan or someone else they also struggle to get numbers. Even the MCG with a capacity of 100,000 really only sells out a few times a year Day 1 of the boxing day test Anzac Day AFL AFL Final Series
  11. I hope they don't redevelop the QEII. The problem with the QEII is it's location. it's miles from any decent public transport. I remember when Suncorp was redeveloped and the Broncos went to QEII during the building. It was painful to get to / from via public transport. required a train than a switch to a bus. It's an interesting question. I can't think of any teams needing a venue even of 40,000 in a configuration used for track and field. The only thing that comes to mind is if the venue is convertible (same as eden park in auckland that can be used for Rugby and Cricket) and the NRL have brought in a second brisbane team by than (Could happen in 2023) and they might want there own venue rather than using suncorp.
  12. Just to expand on my previous post, the below projects are underway in Brisbane regardless of the outcome of the games bid. Cross River Rail Main feature is a 3.7 Mile underground tunnel 2 new stations on on the tunnel route including one across the road from the Woolloongabba Station and the first new city station in 130 years (Albert St) along with 3 New stations on the gold coast line (Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac) upgrades to another 10 stations (4 on the tunnel route (Boggo Road, Roma St, Exhibition and Dutton Park on the route, and Major upgrades to Salisbury, Rocklea, Moorooka, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga, and Fairfield stations on the southside Brisbane Live As part of the changes to Roma St station (putting the station underground) a significant amount of public space will be made available. Some of this will be made available for a new venue known at the moment as "Brisbane Live" Brisbane Live will be privately funded 18,000 seat venue which will be at no cost to the taxpayers of Brisbane This venue will sit on top of the biggest train station in Brisbane (long distance busses and trains also leave from this venue) This venue is market driven and it was AEG Ogden who approached the government for this Brisbane Metro The first stage of Brisbane Metro is underway and will provide a 21 kilometre service will have 18 stations along dedicated busways between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and University of Queensland Will use Bi-articulated EV Busses Will also connect to wolloongabba. Brisbane also has an extensive network of Busways - these are not just bus lanes on existing roads but are fully grade separated bus only roads that generally follow major roadways to keep busses off the roads. These were used when brisbane hosted the G20 conference as motorcade routes. To add onto what i said above. There is very little anger directed at the Qld government. This is probably due to the fact Qld is pretty much unaffected by the fires. The major local newspaper (The Courier Mail) tried to manufacture some outrage against the state government but it did not work (The Courier Mail has a distinct slant to the right and the current state government is left leaning. We also have a state election in October) The anger is directed at the federal government and in particular the prime minister who is a climate change denier and even brought a lump of coal into parliament. The PM also took a holiday to Hawaii just before christmas when the full scale of the bushfires was known rather than stay back and lead.
  13. There are transport improvements happening anyway - Cross river rail is under construction and work has begun planning the brisbane metro. these projects are happenign regardless of the outcome of the games bid, but will be a massive help with games transport. Most of the anger is at the federal government, and in particular the PM. it won't have much effect on the Qld state government, and our current PM has a marketing background so he knows the value of the games to sell himself (and it won't matter anyway because by the time the games fallout hits he will be long gone)
  14. heres an advert featuring Dean Lukan and for some reason former australian cricket captain "Tubby" Tailor selling tickets to the sydney games
  15. So the brisbane bid is going ahead. for those of us uninitiated, whats the timeframe and process now? I keep seeing 2025 mentioned, but i'm also seeing other reports saying a decision could be made as early as the tokyo games (which i find hard to believe).
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