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7 May 2020

Brisbane Metro Project Plan

  • Brisbane Metro Cost: $944 million
  • Federal Funding: $300 million
  • QLD State Government Funding: TBD
  • Project Type: Rail - Busway Upgrade
  • Length of Job: 21km

Brisbane Metro Construction Details

The Brisbane Metro project centres on bus service upgrades of both infrastructure and non-infrastructure within the inner-city. The key elements to the project aim to remove major congestion points on the busway and include:

  • new underground station and tunnel builds
  • upgrading the metro vehicles to higher capacity, longer and easier access versions
  • revising operational models to improve servicing and increase frequency

The initiative will be complimentary in nature to the Cross River Rail, through creation of an interchange between Roma Street and Boggo Road bus and rail networks.


Brisbane Metro construction updates

Credit:  Brisbane City Council

10 May 2020

Brisbane City Council is getting residents home quicker and safer with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport. Brisbane Metro will mean a 21 kilometre, turn-up-and-go service, with two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to University of Queensland.

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council is delivering a program of early works involving the relocation of public utility services and intersection upgrades in readiness for changes to the traffic network and main construction works in 2021.

Latest update - from Sunday 10 May 2020, Council commenced works to improve the operation of the Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection in South Brisbane.

Works completed

Intersection upgrades – South Brisbane and CBD

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council will upgrade a number of intersections in South Brisbane and the CBD. These improvements will help manage traffic changes on Victoria Bridge and ensure cross-river connections, particularly William Jolly Bridge, are easy and convenient to access.

Council has upgraded the following intersections as part of this program of works:

  • Peel Street and Merivale Street, South Brisbane
  • Skew Street and Upper Roma Street, Brisbane CBD
  • Peel Street and Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.



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Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project, Queensland

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The Sunshine Coast light rail project is a planned rapid transit system to be developed in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

The project is being undertaken by Sunshine Coast Regional Council in order to provide regular and affordable public transport facilities in the region.

The project will initially include a 23km-long light rail system linking Maroochydore with Caloundra via Mooloolaba and Kawana, with further extensions planned in the future.

The light rail project is expected to carry approximately 60,000 passengers per day, increasing the share of public transport from 3.6% to 10% of all journeys by 2031.


Being one of the fastest growing regions of Australia, Sunshine Coast’s population is projected to double over the next 50 years. The population growth will increase private car transport, which currently accounts for 86% of trips, while public transport accounts for just 3.6%.

Since alternative modes of transport are essential to manage the growth, while preserving the environment, the light rail system was chosen to provide an alternative to private car and deliver seamless transportation in the urban centres.

Sunshine Coast light rail project details

A number of options were considered before choosing light rail as the preferred option. The initial round of feasibility study, partly funded by the Commonwealth Government, focused on the coastal area from Maroochydore to Caloundra.

The study has provided an abstraction of route options and also the benefits and opportunities that light rail can provide in shaping the Sunshine Coast.

It also proposes to link the Sunshine Coast light rail to surrounding areas of the coastal region through a network of high-frequency buses.

Lines and routes

Sunshine Coast Regional Council plans to create six corridors within the Sunshine Coast rapid transit network.

The 23km-long Corridor 1 will be between Maroochydore and Caloundra, while Corridor 2 will be between Maroochydore and Sunshine Coast Airport for 9.4km.

Sunshine Coast Airport to Noosa will be the third corridor of the light rail system and will be 33.8km-long. Corridor 4 will extend from Maroochydore to Nambour over a length of 15.1km.

The 10km Caloundra to Caloundra South corridor and the 10.7km Palmview to Sippy Downs to Mooloolaba corridor will be respectively the fifth and sixth corridors of the project.

Rolling stock details

The new light rail transit system will feature fully low-floor, modular, electrically powered light rail vehicles measuring between 30m and 40m in length. The trains will operate at a maximum speed of 80km/h and run on dedicated tracks.

The vehicles will be powered by overhead power lines at low voltage of 750V DC. They will be fully air-conditioned and feature open air modules.




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Coates says Queensland 2032 would aid Australia's COVID recovery

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 10:43 p.m. EDT by Thomson Reuters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A successful bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games in Queensland could help Australia recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, the country's Olympic chief John Coates has said.

The northeastern state suspended its work on its bid last month, citing a need to focus on its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the suspension, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President Coates said authorities recognised the Games' potential to heal the economy, which is in its biggest downturn since the 1930s.

"There is already a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy arising from the impact of COVID-19,” Coates said in quotes published by The Australian newspaper late on Tuesday.

Coates said local, state and federal government recognised the potential for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a "critical part of the state and nation's economic recovery in the short term".

The Games would also bring long-term health, wellbeing, economic and sporting legacies, he added.

Coates said the AOC stood ready to resume dialogue with the International Olympic Committee once the Queensland state and federal governments gave the green light.

"A decision could be as early as 2022 or 2023," he said.

Coates also said Queensland had 85% of the required Olympic venues in place and downplayed the cost of hosting.

“For any of you who may be concerned about the $4.5bn cost of conducting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the IOC has already committed $2.5bn at least, being the amount of its contributions to the 2028 Games in Los Angeles,” he said.

A number of countries have expressed interest in 2032 bids, including Germany, Spain, India, Indonesia and a joint bid from North and South Korea.

Paris is hosting the 2024 Games with Los Angeles confirmed for 2028.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Coates says Queensland 2032 would aid Australia's COVID recovery

Credit:  insidethegames.com.        By Dan Palmer,  Tuesday 23 June 2020

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has insisted that a successful Queensland 2032 bid would help the country with its coronavirus recovery.

The official claimed that staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 12 years' time would provide a boost for jobs and growth and attempted to play down fears about costs.

Queensland's bid, which centres on Brisbane, is currently on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced much of the world into lockdown.

Coates, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member who is the President of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, believes the 2032 Games would help address the financial blow the global health crisis has caused.

His comments are in contrast to some officials, with North Queensland Federal MP Bob Katter among those to have voiced disapproval.

"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 last month.

Speaking at a Parliamentary Friends of the Olympic Movement event, Coates, a former IOC vice-president and Executive Board member, said: "I have always believed in making necessity a virtue.

"There is already a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy arising from the impact of COVID-19.

"Our partner three levels of Government recognise a potential 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a critical part of the state and nation's economic recovery in the short term, quite apart from all of the long-term health, well-being, economic and sporting legacies.

"For any of you who may be concerned about the AUD$4.5 billion (£2.5 billion/$3.1 billion/€2.7 billion) cost of conducting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the IOC has already committed $2.5 billion (£1.4 billion/$1.7 billion/€1.5 billion) at least, being the amount of its contributions to the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.

"The balance will be covered by national sponsorships and ticket sales.

"And I stress, these days the IOC encourages and requires the use of existing and temporary community and sports venues, which in the case of south-east Queensland, with Cairns and Townsville for football preliminaries, 85 per cent are existing."

Venues which were used at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are among those proposed for Queensland 2032.

AOC chief executive Matt Carroll claimed last month that the Australian candidacy, which was officially launched in December, was still "ahead" of its rivals despite the pause due to COVID-19.

Germany, India and Indonesia are among the other contenders, but hopes for a historic joint-bid between North and South Korea look to be at an end as relations deteriorate between the two neighbours.

In January, Australian politician Pauline Hanson, the leader of the right-wing One Nation party, launched a campaign against the Queensland bid.

A decision on the 2032 Games could be made by the IOC as early as 2022.

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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".

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On 6/16/2020 at 5:13 PM, TorchbearerSydney said:

The election will be very close...Queensland is a strange place- only one house of Parliament, prominent 3rd and 4th parties, ever changing voting rules etc....it is anyones guess at the moment!

I wish the state legislatures in America were unicameral with proportional representation and preferential voting. I do not think Queensland's Olympic bid is a good idea, but its political system and The Spirit of Queensland train are good models for the rest of the Anglo colonies to learn from.

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New South Wales Bids For 2027 Netball World Cup




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.”

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Postecoglou wants ‘legacy’ facilities from 2023 Women's World Cup

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By Vince Rugari  July 1, 2020 — 11.42am

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou wants Australia's successful 2023 Women's World Cup bid to leave behind a concrete legacy, arguing that football has too often been left empty-handed after hosting major sporting events.

Postecoglou declared the game was "headed in the right direction" in this country, endorsing the leadership of Football Federation Australia chairman Chris Nikou and chief executive James Johnson for making decisions in the best interests of the sport.

That includes the A-League's pending transition to a winter season and extends to Australia's joint bid with New Zealand to host the next Women's World Cup, which ended a decade of political heartbreak with FIFA.

But Postecoglou - who now coaches Japanese champions Yokohama F. Marinos - wants the triumph to lead to tangible outcomes for football when it comes to facilities and infrastructure.

He said football was one of the most popular sports at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, but it was actually the AFL and cricket which benefited the most from the Games.

Brisbane, where Postecoglou used to coach the Roar in the A-League, hosted seven men's football matches at the Olympics - but instead of a rectangular stadium being built, the Gabba was redeveloped, leaving an infrastructure gap for the round-ball code that still exists today.

"It is significant for football, significant for Australia, it's going to be an unbelievable tournament. The Matildas are going great guns and hopefully they have a good crack at it," Postecoglou said on SEN Radio.

"The only thing again is it's got to leave a legacy for our game because the Sydney Olympics football was the most participated sport and we got nothing out of it.

"The [2015] Asian Cup, we won and literally the next day, life went on without football having any sort of a legacy. Even the achievement itself hasn't really left much of a legacy.

"I know it's going to be a fantastic tournament because Australia always holds fantastic tournaments, but I hope it's significant for football in the long term - things like facilities, infrastructure, governments are buying into the game. I'm hoping that's going to be the most positive outcome at all."

Postecoglou credited the 'As One' bid team, particularly FFA's Mark Falvo and Jane Fernandez, for their behind-the-scenes work in winning over FIFA powerbrokers.

A critic of previous FFA administrations led by executives from other codes, he also expressed confidence in the game's current leaders and said he was a fan of the A-League's mooted switch from summer to winter.

"I don't mind it. If the football people within our code think that's the best way to go then believe it and go for it," he said.

"That's what I've always been critical of - we always look to outside sources to tell us where the game's best placed.
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"The best decisions we can make are ones that we believe are going to be good for football and if that's a winter season, then back it, go for it.

"I'm pretty impressed with what's happened in the last few weeks ... I'm a big rap, he's a mate of mine, of the chairman [Nikou] who's the best kind of chairman because he's fairly anonymous and just gets the work done.

"I think James Johnson's a fantastic appointment, he's a football person. As long as they're making football decisions, I think they're headed in the right direction."

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I intend to do a different one incorporating Aboriginal motifs and designs, but here's a modernized take on a logo. To be fair, I guess it really doesn't scream Queensland (Especially South East Queensland) as much, but hey.
The Maltese Cross (Which I guess isn't a Queensland thing) is inspired by the flag of the state, whilst the petal like shapes point inwards symbolizing the four corners of the world. It's also stylized in a sun to represent the state's nickname  being the 'Sunshine state'.

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7 hours ago, Vill said:

I intend to do a different one incorporating Aboriginal motifs and designs, but here's a modernized take on a logo. To be fair, I guess it really doesn't scream Queensland (Especially South East Queensland) as much, but hey.
The Maltese Cross (Which I guess isn't a Queensland thing) is inspired by the flag of the state, whilst the petal like shapes point inwards symbolizing the four corners of the world. It's also stylized in a sun to represent the state's nickname  being the 'Sunshine state'.

Its good to get creative. Its a good logo but perhaps I see your point about the Maltese Cross. The St John Ambulance logo features this prominently too.

I guess some of the globally recognisable symbols and features of Queensland and/or Australia are long white sandy tropical beaches, surf, people having fun in the sun, the blue ocean, rainforests, the Glasshouse Mountains, the long skycraper/surf beach skyline of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, koala bears, kangaroos, etc.

Anyway, just some recognisable imagery which may help.

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Coates and Ser Miang set to return as IOC vice-presidents as Erdener and Samaranch prepare to step down

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By Liam Morgan,  Thursday, 2 July 2020

Australia's John Coates and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore are set to regain their positions as vice-presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the organisation's virtual Session later this month.

insidethegames understands Coates and Ser Miang are currently the only two candidates for the vice-presidential roles being vacated by Uğur Erdener and Juan Antonio Samaranch, whose terms will conclude at the July 17 Session.

While the deadline is not until the day before the Session, it is thought unlikely others will come forward to challenge Coates and Ser Miang.

Four candidates – Mikaela Jaworski of the Philippines, Ethiopia's Dagmawit Berhane, Belgian Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant and Gerardo Werthein of Argentina – have emerged for two vacancies on the IOC's Executive Board.

The place of Ser Miang, who stood against Thomas Bach in the 2013 IOC Presidential election, on the Executive Board is up for grabs as he is moving up to vice-president.

Seoul 1988 Olympic pole vault gold medallist and six-time world champion Sergey Bubka is leaving the ruling body as he has completed his maximum two consecutive four-year terms.

Both Coates, head of the Australian Olympic Committee and chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission, and Ser Miang have previously served as vice-presidents.

Coates is able to stand again after stepping down from the Executive Board for the minimum two-year period, while Ser Miang returned to the ruling body in 2016 following a three-year absence.

Coates was a vice-president from 2013 to 2017 and is set to hold the role until 2024, when his term on the IOC is due to conclude.

The Australian, who reached the age limit of 70 in May, had his term extended at last year's IOC Session in Lausanne in June "due to his important role as chair of the IOC Legal Affairs Commission".

Ser Miang, the longstanding chairman of the IOC Finance Commission, served as an IOC vice-president from 2009 to 2013.

He departed the Executive Board in 2013 after reaching the end of his term before returning in 2016.

Ser Miang can remain an IOC member until he turns 80 as he was elected to the organisation prior to 1999.

Coates and Ser Miang will replace Erdener and Samaranch, who were both elected vice-president four years ago.

Erdener, President of World Archery and the Turkish Olympic Committee, and Samaranch, the son of the late former IOC President of the same name, can be re-elected to the IOC Executive Board after a minimum of two years.

It seems likely that Samaranch will return, while Erdener could feasibly see out the last two years of his IOC membership – he is due to leave in 2024 – as a member of the Executive Board.

An intriguing race for the two available Executive Board places has developed, culminating at the IOC's first virtual Session in just over two weeks' time.

Jaworski has been an IOC member since 2013 and is part of several IOC Commissions, including the Tokyo 2020 inspection panel.

Berhane joined the same year as Jaworski – both were elected at the same Session where Bach became President – and sits alongside her on the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission.

The Ethiopian is also a member of the IOC Finance Commission and the group responsible for proposing officials for IOC membership.

Belgian businessman Beckers-Vieujant chairs the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission and is vice-chair of the Coordination Commission for Los Angeles 2028.

Werthein is head of the Digital and Technology Commission, was part of the working group that helped devise changes to the Olympic bidding process and led the Organising Committee for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

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Brisbane Airport opens second runway 

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By George Roberts and staff   12 July 2020

You might think that opening a new $1.3 billion runway is a bad idea, when flights are being cancelled and borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But an aviation marketing expert said it was a "brilliant" strategy that would position Brisbane as a hub for international travel as the world emerged from the coronavirus crisis.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) opened the much-awaited new runway today, which it said was the largest aviation construction project in Australia.

The second runway — or third if you count the cross runway — has been in the making for about 16 years and is an engineering feat to behold.

Project director Paul Coughlan said he was not expecting the bayside site to be easy, given his background in building ports.

"I do remember sitting in my office and our geotechnical engineers coming to see me … and telling me that the 'good news' was that I had the worst soil that they've ever discovered," he said.

"[The engineers said] the bad news … it's going to be a bloody challenge in how we stabilise everything."

Engineering feat

The $1.3 billion runway is more than three metres thick and the site covers an area half the size of Sydney's entire international and domestic airport.

"We brought 1.2 million cubic metres of rock in to build pavements," Mr Coughlan said.

"All up … we probably poured about 250,000 cubic metres of concrete — that's an enormous volume of concrete.

"It's all built on sandy wetlands — just the sheer geology and geography around Brisbane Airport meant I couldn't get a dredge in at the front.

"Our foreshore on Moreton Bay is intertidal, so the nearest we could get a dredge was about 13 kilometres away." 

Then there was the soft, swampy ground that bogged heavy machinery, time and time again.

"We had these deep alluvial channels 30 metres thick, which basically we used to say it has the strength of toothpaste," Mr Coughlan said.

Much of the design cannot be seen to be appreciated.

There is about 400 kilometres of ducting pipes under the tarmac to run cables for the 2,200 LED lights and optic fibre communication cables.

"If you take off and land on that new runway, you won't realise how much is actually buried in the ground, to make that all work," Mr Coughlan said.

The engineers and designers tackled every problem and solved the seemingly unsolvable to build the biggest piece of aviation infrastructure in Australia in 30 years.

'Absolutely brilliant' strategic move

Now it is set to open with fanfare on Sunday — in the middle of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Michael Baird, an aviation marketing expert from Curtin University, said the runway was not a wasted investment, even in times of restricted air travel.

"Absolutely not — it's a great investment from Brisbane's point of view, and it'll open up into the rest of the world even more so than it currently is," Dr Baird said.

"As a strategic move, it is it is absolutely brilliant because they have the capacity and they'll be able to grow for many years — it's a fantastic move and for consumers and airlines alike."

Dr Baird said most experts expected air travel to recover within three years as the world emerged from the coronavirus crisis.

"A good strategist would say something like 'this should not cause you to change your long-term plan'," he said.

"As the airlines, Airbus and Boeing specifically keep building more and better quality long haul aircraft, we're going to see routes open from Brisbane to further cities in North America, South America, Canada.

"It's going to be amazing for all sorts of business and leisure travellers."

Air travel 'rebounds very strongly'

Mr Coughlan expects air travel will bounce back as it did after the September 11 terror attacks and other shocks like the global financial crisis (GFC).

"It has always rebounded and it rebounds very strongly and I think that will happen again," he said.

"It's in a downturn but the great thing is … our borders have been opened.

"We're already seeing flights picking up — I think we're the busiest airport currently in terms of flight numbers — we're up to 200 a day.

"Most other airports are in the double digits, if they are lucky."

After already solving all the problems of building an airport on mud, Mr Coughlan thinks coronavirus would be solved too.

"I think… the world will conquer COVID[-19] in some shape or form, and people will have that confidence to travel again," Mr Coughlan said.

'Incredibly proud'

Having led the project from concept through construction and completion, Mr Coughlan said he was both happy and "melancholy" about it coming to an end, but mostly "incredibly proud".

"Fifteen years is an epic journey and I survived it and I think my team has survived it," Mr Coughlan said.

As for all the challenges, Mr Coughlan credited his 93-year-old father — who was also an engineer — for teaching him to analyse things and put his mind to solving problems.

"I have never forgotten that teaching that life is always about really analysing things and if you put your mind to it, things happen for a reason, which means there's always solutions," Mr Coughlan said.

The project at a glance:

  • Brisbane Airport's new runway is 3.3 kilometres long
  • It took more than 15 years of planning and construction
  • 11 million cubic metres of sand dredged up
  • 250,000 cubic metres of concrete poured
  • 1.2 million tonnes of rock and gravel used
  • 400 kilometres of ducting for underground cables installed
  • 2,200 LED lights in the tarmac installed



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Coates' final term with IOC set to be his greatest challenge

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By Phil Lutton,  July 18, 2020 — 5.11pm

Australian Olympic powerbroker John Coates has been returned as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee as the body tries to navigate its way through one of the most turbulent periods in its history.

Coates, who is the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, was an IOC vice-president from 2013 to 2017 and now returns to the executive as it tries to salvage the Tokyo Olympics in the wake of a year-long postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is a four-year role for Coates and will coincide with his final years as an IOC member. The IOC has an age limit of 70 on members seeking re-election. Coates, 70, remains chairman of the IOC Legal Affairs Commission and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Coordination Commission.

The vote on Friday was seen as a fait accompli, but now the real work begins for Coates, the IOC executive and president Thomas Bach as COVID-19 ravages the globe and threatens the second attempt to stage the Tokyo Olympics, which are due to start on July 23 next year.

"This is a very important time for the Olympic movement globally," Coates said. "In this time of both challenges and great opportunities, I'm delighted to be supporting IOC president Thomas Bach in strengthening the Olympic movement globally through this period."

The IOC will mark 12 months to the scheduled start of Tokyo 2021 later this week, but the challenges of hosting are once again immense and potentially impossible without the help of a workable COVID-19 vaccine. Bach has said the preference is to have crowds in place, but having more than 10,000 athletes safely ensconced in a biosecurity bubble would be challenging enough.

There is also the rising issue of athletes rebelling against laws put in place by the IOC that largely prevent athletes from acts of protest in the field of play or the podium. Australian athletes have been urged to refuse to sign their agreements with the AOC unless the IOC softens its stance on the matter.

It pertains to rule 50 of the IOC Charter, which is being challenged in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept the US, as well as other nations such as Australia, where issues such as black deaths in custody have come into sharper focus.

More pressing for the IOC is trying to have an Olympics in the first place. Should Tokyo 2021 be another COVID-19 casualty, it would be cancelled, not postponed, meaning there would be eight years between the Rio Olympics of 2016 and the 2024 event in Paris.

That would represent a nightmare for a generation of athletes whose careers would likely be over before the next Games began. Bach remains confident Tokyo 2021 can take place and even wants fans in place, although he concedes an Olympics with little or no crowds remains possible.

"This is, of course, one of the scenarios we have to look into because this has to do with travel restrictions and quarantine and it's too early to tell," Bach said.

"We would like to see stadiums full of enthusiastic fans to give them all the opportunity to live the Olympic experience, support the athletes, and this is what we are working for.

“We cannot address the details yet. There cannot be a solution today, this is asking too much."

In the meantime, those on the ground at Tokyo continue to plan. All of the venues have been locked in for the event and the schedule will closely mirror that of the 2020 Games, even if there have been reports that next year's version would be a stripped-down version of the original.

The 42 venues are now in place for a Games that are set to have fewer people in attendance than ever, but bigger than any previous Olympics in terms of events, with a record 339 medals up for grabs.

In the background for Coates is the 2032 Brisbane bid, which is seen as a leading contender to host those Games. The AOC has endorsed it, as have the varius levels of government, and Coates would love nothing more than to help deliver the first Games in Australia since Sydney 2000.


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On 7/2/2020 at 12:02 PM, Vill said:


I intend to do a different one incorporating Aboriginal motifs and designs, but here's a modernized take on a logo. To be fair, I guess it really doesn't scream Queensland (Especially South East Queensland) as much, but hey.
The Maltese Cross (Which I guess isn't a Queensland thing) is inspired by the flag of the state, whilst the petal like shapes point inwards symbolizing the four corners of the world. It's also stylized in a sun to represent the state's nickname  being the 'Sunshine state'.

Looking forward to it see also that other design you have in mind.   A few pages back, ‘Victorian’ also posted a 2032 logo.  Love all this creativeness.

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Queensland Government confirms lucrative Ballymore upgrade

By Marco Monteverde, NCA Newswire, 1:11PM July 23, 2020

Credit: The Australian

The Queensland Government has confirmed its injection of $15 million into a Ballymore upgrade that will turn the state’s rugby union headquarters into a high performance hub that will aid Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics.

The Courier-Mail last month revealed plans for Ballymore’s transformation with the help of state and federal funding and that architectural company Blight Rayner had agreed to work on the project.

The news was confirmed on Wednesday by State Development, Tourism and Innovation Minister Kate Jones.

“Look, my understanding is that – and I did try to ring the Sports Minister ahead of this – but with Ballymore there was a commitment, I think, from both the federal and state government for a $30 million redevelopment, of which we both pay $15 million,” Jones told the 4BC Breakfast with Neil Breen show.

“The last time I was speaking to the QRU they were saying that they had appointed an architect that was working on those designs so, yep, as far as I’m concerned it’s full steam ahead with the redevelopment of Ballymore which is, as, you say, long overdue and will make such a big difference for rugby and the local community.”

As reported last month, the upgraded facility will be a training venue for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and has been mooted as the hockey stadium if Brisbane’s 2032 Olympics’ bid is successful.

It was will also be the location of the new National Rugby Training Centre and an improved home for community rugby.

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Qatar bid should put Queensland's 2032 Olympic hopes on red alert

By Phil Lutton     July 29, 2020 — 5.17pm

Credit:  Sydney Morning Herald

Brisbane has a new cashed-up rival to overcome in its quest to host the 2032 Olympics, with Qatar requesting to join the "non-committal continuous dialogue" surrounding the Games.

The Queensland bid, which has been put on hold amid the COVID-19 crisis, was considered a clear front runner against possible bids from Indonesia, Spain, India and Germany, among others, before the Qatar Olympic Committee decided to add its name to the process.

It could bring back nightmares for Australia when it comes to bidding for major global events. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 after winning a controversial ballot amid allegations of bribery and corruption. Australia also bid for the event and polled just one vote.

But Qatar hasn't had the same luck with the Olympics. It put in bids for the 2016 and 2020 Games, losing to Rio and Tokyo, and must now convince the IOC it can overcome scorching weather, allegations of human rights abuses and poor crowds at recent events, including last year's track and field world championships, which was widely condemned as a disaster.

The winner could be announced as early as 2022, although with progress on hold due to the pandemic, that could be pushed back. Under the International Olympic Committee's reformed process, there is no fixed date or whiz-bang reveal, with suitors being advised of their prospects along the way.

Newly re-elected IOC vice-president John Coates won't have a vote and remains independent of the Future Host Commission. But as the Australian Olympic Committee president, he would love to be part of the IOC executive should Australia be awarded its third Olympics.

He said he firmly believed the 2032 bid, which encompasses a number of regions across Queensland's south-east and north, could supercharge Australia's sporting landscape in the same way as Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

"Well, I won’t be voting," he said. "But I know the importance of 1956 to Australia and Australian sport. I know then how we had the rejuvenation after Montreal, where we got four medals, and built up our strength across many sports and then had 58 medals in Sydney.

"It provides tremendous stimulus, not just to high-performance sport. What an Olympic Games does is bring sport into the community and society again, and encourage people to practice at any level.

"At the AOC, we love it when our athletes win medals at the Olympic Games. But the target for us is to provide an opportunity for all of our sports to participate in the Olympics, particularly the smaller sports in this country.

“By hosting a Games here, you do stimulate the numbers of grassroots participation and that’s very, very important."

When asked about Qatar's bid, Coates said: "Our firm focus is on our candidacy."

There had been a feeling Queensland, which plans to stage the Games in its warm winter, was in the box seat for hosting rights and could close the deal if support remained from all levels of government.

But the inclusion of Qatar, which has invested billions in its World Cup infrastructure and has plenty more in reserve, should ensure any complacency in Australia is now gone.





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If there's anyone with a red alert on, it should be the IOC. From a reputation POV, there are no circumstances whatsoever that anyone in the democratic and enlightened world could accept it if Qatar got the Olympics. Jacques Rogge knew that and he pulled plug while he could. Thomas Bach knows it as well, but he simply doesn't care as long as he can pretend that Qatar would be an excellent host and a great step forward for the Olympic movement etc bla bla.

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On 4/12/2020 at 5:07 PM, Victorian said:

A potential SEQ Olympics logo


LOGO Design:   I see now the Queensland state bird emblem, the Brolga, in your design.  I like also to see how you’ve woven weave the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, connection with land, animals (kangaroo) and sea connection into your design with the Indigenous circular ‘gathering together’ symbols.

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Howzat? Cricket pitches for Olympic Games glory in Brisbane

Credit:  The Courier Mail    by Robert Craddock

26 July 2020,  7.49pm

Somewhere in Australia there are schoolchildren unaware they could be on a 12-year journey to the Gabba for the one the most cherished prizes in sport: an Olympic gold medal.

As Brisbane fine tunes its bid to host the 2032 Games, Queensland Olympic Council president Natalie Cook believes it’s time to turbocharge the push to bring cricket back to the Games.

The International Cricket Council, with former English cricket captain Mike Gatting lobbying strongly, has pushed for cricket to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics but with India cautious about committing to anything that would threaten their world-dominating Indian Premier League the fight is ongoing.

Each host nation is allowed to suggest new sports and Tokyo next year will see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, as well as the return of baseball and softball.

“Cricket is becoming more appealing all the time because the shorter T20 game is really suited to the Games – it is so consumer friendly if it does not get in in 2028 we should have a crack at it,’’ Cook said.

“I know it has taken cricket to a lot of different places in the world and the big thing is you could have it in both men’s and women’s competitions and that equality is a major factor in the Olympics today. This is a great opportunity to get cricket on the Olympic map.

“It’s why cricket may have a better chance of getting in than a sport like netball which is a big Commonwealth sport but predominantly female.’’

In a little known fact, cricket has featured at an Olympics – in 1900 when only one match was played with Great Britain, stocked with players from Somerset, beating France in the gold medal decider.

The push to see its return also enhances the fact of engaging Indian interest in the Games for IOC officials have lamented the disconnect of the nation which has almost one fifth of the world’s population has won just nine gold medals and one in the past three decades.

The IOC is excited by the prospect of having cricket at the Games because the instant it is approved there will be nations spending money on cricket programs which never previously existed.

Cook believes the one-year delay in the Tokyo Games is not a setback to Brisbane’s Games bid because it buys time to polish the product before the 2032 host is chosen, perhaps as early as next year.

“It is not necessarily a major setback because the time frame to present our bid at the initial Games was unrealistic. We have to be careful about the bid during the COVID era because the world has other priorities but when we start again we will be ready and in better shape this time next year. Fingers crossed all our ducks stay in line.

“This Olympics can be part of Queensland’s economic recovery process. The IOC is very firm about them being cost-neutral to the host nation. It can restore hopes and dreams to Queenslanders and Australia.’’

“Ninety five per cent of athletes saying their inspiration for athletes came from watching Sydney 2000. We need that again. That is the excitement of 2032“We need kids watching in Tokyo who can take us to 2032 and the kids in 2032 can take us beyond that. It is not just a 10 year plan. It is a 30 year legacy.’’



Thanks Victorian! :)

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Olympic Games venue grand plan on track for 2032 bid

Credit:  The Australian   By Wayne Smith, Senior Sport Writer,  June 23, 2020

Although southeast Queensland may have officially suspended its 2032 Olympic bid for the duration of the fight against COVID-19, the Australian Olympic Committee has been focusing on venues in the Brisbane region and believes 85 per cent are already in place.

AOC president John Coates, speaking at the launch of the Parliamentary Friends of the Olympic Movement on Tuesday, said that during the temporary suspension of lobbying for the Games, the AOC had been focusing on its Olympic and Paralympic venue masterplan with the International Sports Federation and the International Paralympic Committee.

“Their co-operation and enthusiasm is overwhelmingly positive,” Coates said.

“These days the International Olympic Committee encourages, requires, the use of existing and temporary community and sports venues for which in the case of southeast Queensland — with CAIRNS  and TOWNSVILLE for football preliminaries — 85 per cent exist.”

A southeast Queensland Games was initially seen as a way of fast-tracking the creation of infrastructure for a region that is home to one in seven Australians but it has since come to be viewed as a critical component of Australia’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is already a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy arising from the impact of COVID-19,” Coates said. “Our partner three levels of government recognise a potential 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a critical part of the state and nation’s economic recovery in the short term, quite apart from all of the long-term health, wellbeing, economic and sporting legacies.”

Coates indicated that as soon as the federal and Queensland governments gave the AOC the go-ahead to proceed with the Olympic bid, it would resume and elevate dialogue with the IOC.

“A decision could be as early as 2022 or 2023.”

He reiterated that the cost of hosting the Olympics in southeast Queensland was not as daunting as many imagined. “For any of you who may be concerned about the $4.5bn cost of conducting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the IOC has already committed $2.5bn at least, being the amount of its contributions to the 2028 Games in Los Angeles,” he said.

The balance would be covered by sponsorships and ticket sales.

While the expectation is that there will be rival bids from countries such as Germany, Russia, China, India and Spain — with South and North Korea entertaining thoughts of a joint bid — any decision by the IOC within the next two to three years would be heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it has already forced the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until July 2021.

The AOC chief executive Matt Carroll warned that as Australia emerged from the shadow of COVID-19, it still faced an obesity epidemic, with sport playing a vital role in helping to combat it.

“The AOC and our member sports represent the largest, most diverse and most inclusive sports network across the country, with more than eight million Australians participating in Olympic sports,” Carroll said.

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