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South-east Queensland still chasing 2032 Olympics

Credit:  Brisbane Times

By Ruth McCosker and Toby Crockford
April 14, 2018 — 12.55pm

South-east Queensland could move from hosting one international sporting event to preparing for the world’s biggest, with the prospect of hosting the 2032 Olympic Games still being explored.

A feasibility study has been commissioned by the South East Queensland Council of Mayors, with the outcome due back at the end of the year.

The Olympic rings in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

The Olympic rings in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

The feasibility study will investigate what is required to host the games and once the study is complete it is understood south-east Queensland mayors will discuss the findings with the state and federal government to determine the next step.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said it was important to ensure the investment required to host such an event would reap sufficient benefits for Queensland.

"I'll be really interested to see the outcome of the feasibility report in relation to the Olympic bid," she said.

"We do need to remember that this is the potential of spending around $12 billion of taxpayers' money, so I'm sure we would like to wait and see what the wash-up is from the Commonwealth Games.

"Maybe talk to some businesses and residents on the Gold Coast and see what they think about how successful the Commonwealth Games was before we head down into the Olympic bid."

Ms Frecklington said  Gold Coast City Council had pulled out of the SEQ Council of Mayors and was not interested in the potential Olympic bid.

She said the $12 billion of taxpayer funds would have to be partially used to construct a purpose-built Olympic stadium.

"There are a lot of hurdles to get over before Queensland can look at hosting such a huge event," Ms Frecklington said.

"But don't get me wrong, Queensland is very capable of hosting large events. We did it in the G20, we've done it in the Commonwealth Games, but it is a huge burden on the taxpayers."

Fairfax Media approached the premier's office and offered the opportunity to comment, but they declined.

In 2016, South East Queensland Council of Mayors began discussing the possibility of placing a bid to host the 2028 Games.

A pre-feasibility analysis concluded the Council of Mayors could consider funding and delivering a full feasibility analysis into bidding for and hosting a regional Olympic Games in 2028.

“While this report has indicated there are a number of scenarios available which could see the region host a successful Olympic Games, the scope and budget allocated to this stage of analysis did not cover an investigation into the detailed costs and benefits of an SEQ Games,” the analysis said.

However, in July last year, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 and the 2028 Olympic Games to Los Angeles and Paris.

Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and the Goodwill Games in 2001 and hosted the shooting and track cycling events in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Australia last hosted an Olympic Games in 2000, when Sydney was the host city.

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Olympics offer a new shape for Brisbane

Credit: Financial Review

By Michael Bleby  Senior Reporter

Feb 26, 2021 – 7.12pm

The Olympic news of the past 48 hours has breathed new life into plans to rejuvenate inner-city Brisbane, with lord mayor Adrian Schrinner now looking to expand his existing green space renewal project to an unlikely site – the city’s Mayne Rail Yards.

While the International Olympic Committee announcement early on Thursday that South East Queensland was the preferred candidate to host the 2032 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has sparked much talk about stadiums, it has also put a rocket into urban planning hopes.

Mr Schrinner, a key figure in the Council of Mayors that worked with the state and federal governments and Australian Olympic Committee to get the regional bids upgraded this week to “exclusive targeted dialogue” status with the IOC, said the Olympics gave the opportunity to think bigger.

In December Mr Schrinner outlined his plan to turn the 18-hole Victoria Park public golf courseinto a 64-hectare public park in Herston on the edge of the CBD. On Friday, he said this could easily be linked to a possible redevelopment of the Mayne Rail Yards in Bowen, a kilometre away.

“It would be a perfect link,” Mr Schrinner told AFR Weekend. “We have a corridor that would connect from Victoria Park through the RNA Showgrounds to the Mayne Rail Yard.”

It’s not a new idea. Urban planners have spoken for years about redeveloping the rail yards – the city’s main rail stabling and connection facility – but the very real prospect of hosting the world’s largest sporting event is a catalyst for ideas that may have otherwise taken too much effort or political capital to turn into reality.

“It has been floated a number of times in the past,” Mr Schrinner said.

“But it’s yet to receive the focus and attention I think it needs. This process with the Olympics will allow that.”

Any proposal to redevelop the rail yards would require careful thinking about relocating its vital functions and the level of decontamination work that would be necessary for an urban renewal focus, said Mike Gillen, consultancy AECOM’s industry director for cities and president of the Committee for Brisbane built environment lobby group.

But the opportunities were exciting, he said.

“This is huge. There is no doubt that what’s happened over the last 24 hours has given us the opportunity to stop and pause for thought about the future of this city and city region,” Mr Gillen said.

“What we need to do is recognise we have 11 years of runway to reconsider and reconceive how do we do this smartly and affordably.”

Mr Schrinner also said a new stadium – if one were to be built – could also be accommodated on a redeveloped rail yards site. Unlike the widely mooted new stadium site at nearby Albion Park, this would have good public transport access.

Redevelopment of the rail yards has one further advantage – it is already publicly owned land.

“The challenge with Albion Park is that potential acquisitions are required, whereas if a stadium could be accommodated on land already [owned] by government it would be a tick in the box,” Mr Schrinner said.



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New stadiums or recycle tin sheds? Brisbane Olympics face costly choice

Olympics officials are keen to burnish the movement’s image by promoting stadium reuse, but the host city’s politicians will argue for an upgrade.

Credit:  Financial Review

By Michael Bleby  Senior Reporter

Feb 26, 2021 – 6.08pm

It couldn’t be more different from the past. On one page of the International Olympic Committee’s feasibility study for Brisbane 2032, where the local hosts had proposed a new 50,000-person stadium for track-and-field athletics as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, the custodians of the global tournament inserted a comment.

“Consider using existing Carrara Stadium (40,000) in Gold Coast for Athletics; Consider using The Gabba (40,000) for Ceremonies.”

The IOC’s newly discovered focus on recycling existing facilities didn’t just stop at the stadium. The Lausanne, Switzerland-based body also questioned whether a new 15,000-seat aquatic arena was necessary and whether the Optus Aquatic Centre – the main water venue for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 – could be used instead.

In the announcement this week that the Brisbane-led south-east Queensland bid had moved up to preferred candidate status for the 2032 Olympic Games, the IOC’s chief venue-picker made it clear there was a new ethos reflecting a score of reforms intended to reduce cost, eliminate corruption and keep countries interested in hosting the mega sporting event.

It was all about working with candidates and what they already had in the wardrobe, Future Host Commission chairwoman Kristin Kloster Aasen said. She didn’t say it, but the IOC was also admitting it wanted to avoid the top-down approach that saddled cities such as Athens and Rio de Janeiro with costly white elephants in their post-Olympic hangover

“The objective of targeted dialogue is to co-create an Olympic project with the preferred host,” said the former horse breeder and member of Norway’s national Olympic committee, while setting out the decision to raise the Brisbane bid to the preferred-bidder targeted dialogue stage.

Kloster Aasen spoke glowingly of the south-east Queensland’s “existing and planned transport infrastructure and experience in traffic management, which can adequately meet the demands of the Olympic Games, and were successfully implemented for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 [and] the existing hotel accommodation inventory which already meets Games requirements.”

Heroic icons hard to resist

That makes sense, says Michael Rayner, a Brisbane-based architect who designed the velodrome for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“The idea of recycling the Carrara Stadium and the Gabba would be positive and no longer do the Olympics think like they did in the past when you had to have a heroic icon to be the flagship of your technical, architectural and cultural prowess, which stadiums tended to do,” he said.

The Games plan already makes efforts along those lines. A raft of preliminary soccer games in the 2032 Olympics are already planned in locations as diverse as Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Sydney. But the lure of new big-ticket infrastructure projects – a constant draw for politicians the world over – is hard to resist.

Boondall is miles out of town. It’s a tin shed. It’s embarrassing.

— Michael Rayner, Brisbane-based architect

“There definitely is that tension between the IOC, who are trying very hard to improve their image, and the politicians who want to make a splash,” says Judith Mair, an associate professor in tourism, hospitality and events at the University of Queensland Business School.

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson, for one, was quick to push the notion of a new stadium. “I think Brisbane can expect to get a third ­stadium, if not more,” he told The Australian.

Brisbane mayor Adrian Schrinner is less committal.

“I’m open to both suggestions – the Gabba as an option and [a possible new stadium at]Albion [Park Paceway] as an option. I don’t have preference for one or the other.”

A new stadium would cost about half a billion dollars to build. And one problem with Olympic stadiums with their circular running tracks is that they are only really good, post-Olympics, for AFL and cricket – they leave spectators too far away from the action for square-field sports such as rugby and soccer, as the high cost of (now abandoned) plans to renovate the Sydney 2000 Homebush stadium show.

The key for any new infrastructure spend will be on how much it meets the needs of the local population. And on that score, Brisbane already needs a new indoor concert and sporting arena. The Brisbane Entertainment Centre, built in 1986 as one of 16 new venues intended for the city’s unsuccessful 1992 Olympic bid, sits in Boondall, half an hour north of the CBD.

“Brisbane needs a proper indoor entertainment centre,” Rayner says. “Boondall is miles out of town. It’s a tin shed. It’s embarrassing.”

Harvey Lister, the APAC executive chairman of events management company ASM Global, which operates the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, has been pushing for a new facility since 2007, and made proposals for one to both the Newman and Palaszczuk state governments.

A new 17,000-seat arena would carry a large price tag – in the order of $750 million – but is needed to update a valuable piece of community infrastructure as well as to attract a wider range of acts to Brisbane.

And it’s now on the official horizon – the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority overseeing the $5.4 billion, 10.2km rail project through central Brisbane has prepared a business case for the so-called Brisbane Live arena within the 32-hectare Roma Street precinct on the north-western edge of the CBD.

 Infrastructure upgrade

Lister hopes the Olympic Games will give the arena project the political push needed to bring the much-needed facility to fruition.

“I think it is very helpful in government’s decision-making process now that there is more certainty about an Olympic Games for 2032,” he says.

“I’m more optimistic than I have ever been because of what the state has now identified is an additional purpose for a major new arena in the city.”

This new ethos, which looks at infrastructure spend through a local-use prism, doesn’t mean thinking small. Rather, it’s about focusing on what you need, Schrinner says.

“What is clear is that if we keep the costs of developing new sporting facilities down, then we have the ability to focus on building transport infrastructure,” he says.

“When it comes to the priorities of the Council of Mayors and councils across south-east Queensland, the reason we stated this whole concept and put forward the proposal for the Olympics was to get better transport infrastructure for south-east Queensland. That will continue to be a priority for us.”

Rayner also says smaller facilities spending allows big thinking.

“If we saw the opportunity of the Olympics as an infrastructure upgrade to the city, we do go the other way into the big visionary future,” he says.

For Rayner, the big visionary future includes looking at the city’s next large urban redevelopment site, the rail yards in Bowen Hills, which he says have the capacity to accommodate up to 60 high-rise buildings and would provide an alternative to the landlocked existing CBD.

“There’s an area, the Mayne Rail Yards, the main rail depot of Brisbane, which must surely be an urban renewal site on steroids,” he says.

The redeveloped rail yards could connect to Victoria Park, a municipal golf course mayor Schrinner is turning into public parkland. It could even then link on the other side to Albion Park Paceway, “a fairly forlorn piece of land”, currently a greyhound track and a site mooted for a new Brisbane stadium, even though it doesn’t have the rail or public transport access needed for a new Olympic stadium, Rayner says.

And on this point, Schrinner also agrees.

“The opportunity for the Mayne Rail Yards is one that needs to be looked at very closely,” he says.

It’s big-picture stuff, but 2032 gives the Queensland capital the chance to focus on transformation in the way the 2000 Olympics prompted Sydney redevelop Darling Harbour, Rayner says.

“If we don’t do it now with the Olympics, what other catalyst is there going to be?” he says. “I think this is the catalyst where Brisbane has to come of age.”

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Shine on Brisbane - the history of Australian Olympic bids and Brisbane's long road to hosting the Games

Credit: Inside The Games

By Philip Barker

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Ever since an F111 swooped over Sydney’s Olympic stadium at the end of the 2000 Games to capture the Flame in its afterburn, the Australians have made no secret of their wish for the Games to return to the land of the Southern Cross.

It is 125 years since the first Olympic Games were revived in Athens, but only three times have they taken place in the Southern Hemisphere.

The last time they were held in Australia was 21 years ago, but now Brisbane has emerged as an Olympic frontrunner for 2032. The city and the Australian Olympic Committee have been invited to participate in what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has described as "targeted dialogue" with the Future Host Commission.

Many consider that this has conferred "preferred" status on Brisbane after a glowing report in the IOC’s own feasibility study.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: "We decided to seize an opportunity to take to the next stage our discussions about returning 32 years later. In this way, we are also acknowledging the strength of the Australian team and other athletes from across the continent of Oceania at the Olympic Games over the past decades."

The move comes after the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 were highly acclaimed.

A previous but unsuccessful bid by Brisbane came in the wake of a similarly successful Commonwealth Games in 1982.

They inspired Lord Mayor Roy Harvey to launch a bid for the 1992 Olympics.

A promotional film for the city at that time proclaimed, "Shine on Brisbane make each day with a smile!"

Click this link to view ‘Shine on Brisbane’ (1982)


Although Harvey lost the Mayoral election in 1985 to the charismatic Sallyanne Atkinson, the bid actually gained impetus. Atkinson was memorably described by the distinguished Australian journalist Harry Gordon as bringing "a blend of beguiling charm and hard-edged hucksterism."

Such qualities would be needed in what was to be a highly competitive and intense contest, with Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Birmingham and Paris also in the running. Delhi had been interested but soon dropped out.

The "Sallyanne Factor" soon won new friends for Brisbane.

"The Olympic Games have only been in the Southern Hemisphere once," she pointed out. "It needs to keep this whole spirit of universality going. It really needs to come back to the Southern Hemisphere. This whole spirit of universality to Oceania hasn’t had a fair go and we are here to address that balance."

Atkinson led a delegation to the 1985 IOC session in East Berlin where media magnate Rupert Murdoch flew in fresh Australian seafood for a reception given to IOC members.

"He offered to put on a magnificent party for us, which lifted our bid out of the ordinary into the spectacular. A lot of the bid is about style and panache," said Atkinson, who presented IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch with some gum leaves, which she described as "a small piece of Australia."

Brisbane’s bid budget of AUD5 million (£2.8 million/$3.9 million/€3.2 million) was much smaller than that of rivals Barcelona and Paris but when IOC members visited Queensland they were taken for a helicopter flight above facilities originally built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

Bid representatives told them: "When we in Brisbane hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games we established our credentials in terms of world class sports organisation and it was on the basis of that performance and our keenness as a nation to bring the Olympic Movement back to the Southern Hemisphere, that this bid was born."

Brisbane is in pole position to stage the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images Brisbane is in pole position to stage the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images

Facilities already built included the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, expected to hold athletics. The Chandler sports complex was to hold swimming, weightlifting and cycling. Another indoor arena in Boondall was proposed for gymnastics, basketball and volleyball. They also flew across Moreton Bay earmarked for sailing.

Brisbane’s bid team included John Coates, then a young lawyer who was a leading official in the sport of rowing. He was to play a key role in all subsequent Australian bids. Brisbane emphasized its position as a "zone of peace".

In October 1986, the whole Olympic cavalcade headed for the IOC session at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne. In the election, Barcelona swept to victory ahead of Paris but Brisbane finished third. Atkinson said: "We didn’t get gold, but we put our city and our country on the map."

Coates later described Brisbane’s bid as "very much on a learning curve." He admitted that the later bids including Sydney 2000 had been helped by experiences gained from Brisbane’s efforts.

Melbourne had been the first Australian city to express interest in the Olympics 125 years ago.

As news filtered back from Athens of the exploits of Australia’s first Olympic champion Edwin Flack, who won both the 800 and 1500 metres in 1896, the Melbourne Argusnewspaper suggested that one day the Olympics "might offer themselves to the gaze of Melbourne."

When leading sports official Richard Coombes became an IOC member in the early 20th century, he was said to have tried to persuade IOC President Baron Pierre de Coubertin to consider holding Olympics under the Southern Cross.

John Coates, now an IOC vice-president, played a role in Brisbane's unsuccessful bid for the 1992 Olympics ©Getty Images John Coates, now an IOC vice-president, played a role in Brisbane's unsuccessful bid for the 1992 Olympics ©Getty Images

In those early days, the choice of host city was often by "Gentleman’s Agreement" amongst the IOC members. Even so, the entreaties by Coombes seemed to fall on deaf ears.

In 1938, Sydney successfully hosted the British Empire Games - now the Commonwealth Games - but war soon came.

In June 1946, Edgar Tanner convened a meeting of the Victorian Olympic Council. The following day’s Melbourne’s Sporting Globe included a report by Jim Blake which said simply: "Last night the Victorian Olympic Council decided to apply to hold the Olympic Games in Australia with Melbourne as the venue."

The motion that "we apply for the Games" had been proposed by Ron Aitken, an executive at the Carlton and United breweries and an enthusiastic athletics official.

He was keen to develop a venue for amateur sport.

Tanner wrote to Olympic chancellor Otto Mayer in Lausanne seeking advice on the procedure for bidding.

The Australian Olympic Federation threw its weight behind a bid by Melbourne.

"We must make Australians Olympic minded and Amateur sport minded," said Lord Mayor Sir Raymond Connelly. "Few people realise the magnitude of these Games and they are inclined to think that Test cricket is the biggest thing in sport."

Melbourne had produced a lavish volume to promote the city. Most copies were bound in suede but a few special editions had lambswool covers. When a copy was auctioned years later, it fetched AUD1,763 (£975/$1,360/€1,125).

Melbourne became the first location in the Southern Hemisphere to host the Olympics in 1956 ©Getty Images Melbourne became the first location in the Southern Hemisphere to host the Olympics in 1956 ©Getty Images

A high-powered delegation also attended the London 1948 Olympics. Food rationing was in force in Britain, but they arranged for food and wine to be shipped to London for a banquet at which IOC members were to be present.

The host city election was held at the 1949 IOC session in Rome. Buenos Aires, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Chicago and Minneapolis were also in contention.

Melbourne’s delegation included Sir Frank Beaurepaire, a former Lord Mayor.

He had been a swimmer, winning silver and bronze medals at the London 1908 Olympics and four further medals at the Antwerp 1920 and Paris 1924 Games.

The Australians were last to make their presentation which included a promotional film entitled Olympic Invitation. Made at Herschell’s Studios in Melbourne, it was narrated by Australian radio personality Terry Dear. 

When the voting was announced Melbourne had beaten Buenos Aires by a single vote, but the road to 1956 did not prove easy.

Strict quarantine laws made it impossible for it to stage the equestrian events which were relocated to Stockholm.

There were also delays in construction and on a visit to Melbourne, then-IOC President Avery Brundage administered what he unrepentantly described as "a mild atomic explosion."

Even so, the Games were opened on time by Prince Philip in November 1956.

The Suez crisis and repression of the Hungarian uprising had made for a tense year but the official report noted: "All the rumblings of distant wars, all the clash and clamour of world-away systems and schemes faded, forgotten like a scare in the night, before the splendour of this daybreak of an Olympiad."

Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies wrote of "a green and pleasant memory", and chief organiser Wilfrid Kent-Hughes was later knighted.

Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, is one of the city's best-known sporting arenas ©Getty Images Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, is one of the city's best-known sporting arenas ©Getty Images

As the Games closed, the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda were adjusted to "Goodbye Olympians". The final verse included the words:

"Come to Australia, back to Australia,
Mist on the hills and the sun breaking through,
With the sliprails down and the billy boiling merrily,
Wide open arms will be waiting for you."

A generation later, Sydney began work on a bid for the 1988 Games. This was a year which marked 200 years since the "First Fleet" of British ships had arrived in Botany Bay.

It had the support of IOC member David McKenzie, a fencer who had taken part in the 1956 Games, but when IOC President Lord Killanin visited Australia in 1977, he was told that Sydney’s bid "seems to be having problems."

Victoria's Minister for Sport and Recreation Brian Dixon suggested that Melbourne should step into the ring.

A feasibility study was launched and when Sydney faltered, the Australian Olympic Federation threw its weight behind Melbourne.

It soon emerged that the only other realistic contenders were the Japanese city Nagoya, and South Korean capital Seoul, considered the outsider.

McKenzie said: "I came to the conclusion that there was a very strong likelihood that sufficient votes would be obtainable in the IOC to ensure that the Games came to Melbourne."

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser demanded a feasibility study, led by future premier John Howard.

Then in early 1980 came the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Fraser was in favour of boycotting the Moscow Olympics in protest.

There was a bitter debate, replicated in other Western countries, but Australia eventually sent an Olympic team of 125 to Moscow. Joint flagbearers Denise Robertson-Boyd and Max Metzker paraded with the Olympic flag rather than the Southern Cross.

After Moscow, McKenzie continued to promote Melbourne 1988 at international sporting gatherings under the banner "Return the Games to the Athlete".

Queensland's Gold Coast put on the Commonwealth Games in 2018 ©Getty Images Queensland's Gold Coast put on the Commonwealth Games in 2018 ©Getty Images

Australia’s presence in Moscow would have made them strong contenders, but it had also antagonised an already sceptical Prime Minister. As the candidacy was about to be officially presented, it was announced that there would be no Government backing.

Shortly before the IOC vote, McKenzie died in Honolulu in mysterious circumstances aged only 45.

In a two-horse race, Seoul was chosen as host of the Games of the 24th Olympiad. By the time they took place, Australia had decided to bid again.

Atlanta, Athens, Belgrade, Manchester and Toronto were amongst the bidding cities for 1996.

Before the Australian candidate city was selected, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney contested a domestic run-off. IOC members Kevan Gosper and Phil Coles backed Sydney, a choice endorsed by Coates and Olympic swimming gold medallist John Devitt, but Melbourne was chosen to carry the bid.

In the Melbourne Age, Peter McFarlane insisted "Melbourne is better prepared than any other Australian city for the greatest show on earth," but Coles remained pessimistic.

"We knew it was a mistake. Toronto and Atlanta held parties. They knew Melbourne wouldn’t get up."

Melbourne’s lobbying team included former Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen and Ron Walker, destined later to bring the 2006 Commonwealth Games to Melbourne.

Gosper wrote, "I had no doubt that Melbourne could organise fantastic Games. My worry was always that the members would not vote to go back to the same place in a small country." His concerns proved well founded.

The final decision was to be taken in 1990 when the IOC gathered in Tokyo.

Delegates celebrate Sydney being awarded the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics. For the 2032 Games, Brisbane will not be embroiled in the same kind of bid race ©Getty Images Delegates celebrate Sydney being awarded the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics. For the 2032 Games, Brisbane will not be embroiled in the same kind of bid race ©Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was part of the presentation team. Greg Norman joined IOC members for a round of golf. Michelle Ford and a 17-year-old Cathy Freeman represented the athletes. Gosper told the IOC that "half the world should not be living in shadow."

Their efforts were in vain. When Samaranch pulled open the golden envelope, it was to announce that Atlanta had won. Melbourne placed only fourth.

Australia very soon announced an intention to bid again, but this time the Australian Olympic Committee voted unanimously for Sydney to carry its hopes and a bid logo invoked the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

"If we go with Sydney, it will be all guns blazing. It won’t be a half-hearted attempt," said Coates.

He drew up a dossier for the new bid leader Rod McGeoch, a partner in a Sydney law firm.

The Bid Committee would also use a more controversial dossier which included personal profiles and preferences of the voting IOC members.

Whereas Melbourne 1996 had missed out the invaluable opportunity to lobby for votes at the Seoul Olympics, Sydney would have the chance to present its case amongst the movers and shakers in 1992 at the Winter Games in Albertville and then in Barcelona.

Sydney’s opposition came from Beijing, Berlin, Istanbul and Manchester.

Most realised that Beijing represented the main threat to Sydney’s aspirations but the repression of student protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989 was still fresh in the memory.

"We often discussed the Beijing bid in our strategy meetings," McGeoch wrote later in his memoirs.

"We wanted a public relations campaign to air and debate some of these issues, but not one sourced back to the Sydney bid."

He revealed that lobbyists in London were planning to publish a book entitled The So-Called Suitable Candidate. The project was eventually shelved partly because open criticism of rival bids did not play well with IOC voters.

Sydney 2000 is widely regarded as one of the most successful Games ©Getty Images Sydney 2000 is widely regarded as one of the most successful Games ©Getty Images

In September 1993, Sydney’s team headed to Monaco for the decisive vote.

Said McGeoch: "I knew exactly what we should do that week, take over the town!"

Legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman sent signed memorabilia in support of the bid. The delegation group included two Prime Ministers, as incumbent Paul Keating was joined by Gough Whitlam.

Eleven-year-old schoolgirl Tanya Blencowe told the IOC members, "Sydney is a friendly city where it doesn’t matter where you come from."

By the time the result was announced, it was 4.27am in Sydney but 50,000 had gathered in Circular Quay . IOC President Samaranch pulled open the envelope to reveal that Sydney had won.

The victory margin was only two votes in the fourth round of voting.

When the bidding team returned home, they were given a ticker-tape parade. 

Seven years later, when the rings adorned Sydney Harbour bridge, Samaranch would proclaim the 2000 Games as "the best ever".

That memory has no doubt helped fuel the enthusiasm for Brisbane 2032.

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Property Council boss Chris Mountford says the Olympic Games will benefit Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast has a chance to harness the power of southeast Queensland to capitalise on the region’s 2032 Olympic bid, writes Chris Mountford

Credit: The Chronicle

By Chris Mountford

March 27, 2021 - 5:00AM


The recent announcement of Brisbane as the preferred host of the 2032 Olympics provides a rare opportunity for all levels of government to come together and align behind an agreed suite of region-shaping infrastructure for southeast Queensland. 

For the Sunshine Coast it is imperative that 2032 is truly an event that harnesses the full power of southeast Queensland. 

To achieve this, the focus needs to be on enhancing the long-term connectivity of the Coast to the rest of southeast Queensland, not just on individual sporting events and venues. 

The long-term benefit for the Sunshine Coast must be the legacy infrastructure and jobs that will be delivered alongside such a large-scale event.

Under the new Olympic Games reform agenda, hosts should deliver games to align with the long-term plan for the region or city. 

This means there is a clear opportunity to accelerate the delivery of long-awaited infrastructure which is needed as the region continues to grow.

Not only will this enhance amenity on the Sunshine Coast, but it will allow the Sunshine Coast to be more connected with the broader southeast Queensland.

The possibility southeast Queensland becoming a true 40-minute region may become a reality and the Sunshine Coast with its appealing lifestyle will reap the rewards. 

The economic, cultural and social opportunities that an Olympics could bring are significant. 

However, if the connectivity of Sunshine Coast is not central to the plan, this generational opportunity could pass the region by. 

It will be crucial for the community, the council and the private sector to work together in the coming months to prove to Olympic organisers that the Sunshine Coast cannot only play a role in making the 2032 Olympics a success as an event but provide an enormous legacy opportunity through improved connectivity.

The Property Council is eager to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the possibilities of an Olympics are fully maximised so the region benefits from an Olympic legacy for decades to come.

Chris Mountford is Queensland executive director of the Property Council of Australia

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Fast rail needed to expand SEQ ahead of Olympics boom

Credit: The Courier Mail

A leading Queensland developer said while securing the 2032 Olympics would transform southeast Queensland, the state needs to get on track with fast rail plans to handle population growth.

By Dan Knowles
March 27, 2021 - 12:00AM

The Olympics, fast rail and even faster supercars would shine a spotlight on the western corridor, opening up jobs and investment, the area’s leaders say. 

Toowoomba titans, the Wagners, have set aside a special Olympics precinct as part of their development where they reckon they can build anything required – archery, BMX and even equestrian facilities. 

John Wagner said securing the 2032 Olympics would transform southeast Queensland and have massive knock-on benefits for the rest of the state with tourism exposure and procurement opportunities. But government needs to get on with building the transport infrastructure, including fast rail, the region needs to handle its growing population. 

The Wagners have unveiled plans for a $175 million speedway and 40,000-person amphitheatre and motorsport precinct that will lure speed fans to Toowoomba. 

The Wagners Corporation chairman said there is also land set aside for the Olympics in the region the family have transformed with the construction of their Wellcamp Airport. 

Rise of the West, in partnership with the University of Southern Queensland, has celebrated this pioneering region and its people every day this week in The Sunday Mail, The Courier-Mail, Toowoomba Chronicle and Queensland Times online. 

University of Southern Queensland associate professor Ben Lyons said the airport had increased high-value freight exports as well as hooking up what is, perhaps surprisingly, Queensland’s greatest regional concentration of white-collar professionals with links to Sydney and other economic centres. 

Calls continue for a Shinkansen-style fast rail system for southeast Queensland.
Calls continue for a Shinkansen-style fast rail system for southeast Queensland.

University of Southern Queensland Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cole said the Olympics would spur facilities, as the region desperately needed a tartan running track for athletics. 

He said the university was willing to co-fund the track at its Ipswich campus, but make it accessible to the community.

“The Olympics would be a great driver for a project like this,” Prof Cole said.

“The region needs it. It could provide a decade of training opportunities for kids in this region, it could be used by teams during the Games and would be a great legacy for the western corridor.” 

In June 2019, The Courier-Mail and sister SEQ mastheads officially backed the bid with front page editorials and has continued to fuel the push for the 2032 Games and the billions of dollars and 100,000 jobs it promises. 

The SEQ Council of Mayors proposed a Games bid to fast-track public transport with a feasibility study which gathered momentum on the back of The Courier-Mail’s Future SEQ campaign that warned the southeast risked grinding to a halt as major roads hit peak congestion by the early 2030s as the population grew from 3.5 million to 5.5 million people. 

Brisbane secured preferred candidate status in February, meaning the International Olympic Committee is talking exclusively to our organising committee. 

The proposal is expected to go to the host commission in mid-May, and all going well, could go to a full IOC vote in July to decide whether Brisbane gets the Games. 

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said planning for a future passenger rail service between Brisbane and Toowoomba and between Salisbury and Beaudesert was under way but said fast rail had to stack up.



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Major sport tech conference for the Gold Coast

Credit: Queensland Government

Published Wednesday, 24 March, 2021 at 06:43 PM

The Gold Coast will host the Australian sporting industry’s flagship event for the next three years in a significant coup supporting local jobs and Queensland’s economic recovery.

In an agreement between organisers Sports Tech World Series and the Palaszczuk Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, the Australia Sports Tech Conference will move from Victoria to the Gold Coast from 2021 – 2023.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the deal in Parliament today.

“Our tourism industry has been hit hard by COVID-19,” the Premier said.

“Events like this are vital when it comes to supporting local businesses to rebuild.

“This series will pump millions of dollars into our economy and support local jobs at a time we need it most.

“We’ll continue to work hard to secure events that further our economic recovery strategy here in Queensland.” 

Tourism, Innovation and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Australian Sports Tech conference was the biggest sport and technology summit in the southern hemisphere.

“Queensland is the place to be for sport,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“The Australian Sports Tech Conference is where sport industry professionals, investors and start-ups learn about new products, innovation and what’s working in the fast-moving world of sporting technology.

“It’s no secret science and technology are increasingly important in elite sport.

“Sports Tech will bring 2,000 to the Gold Coast to see and discuss the innovations and trends driving the future of sport around the world.

“This is the biggest sport technology and innovation conference in the southern hemisphere, supporting local jobs and $3 million for the Gold Coast’s economic recovery.”   

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the Gold Coast and Queensland were the perfect place to host the Australia Sports Tech Conference.

“The Gold Coast is the home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and last year’s COVID bubbles made Queensland the epicentre of Australian sport,” Ms Scanlon said.

“Our hard work on the pandemic saw Queensland stage the world’s largest post-COVID event with the sell-out State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium.

“Queensland was the home base for elite athletes of the WNBL, Super Netball, the NRL’s Storm and AFL Premiership season.   

“The Palaszczuk Government also made history by bringing Victoria’s AFL Grand Final to the Gabba and now we’ve secured their Australia Sports Tech Conference.

“Sports Tech is another opportunity to showcase our world-class sporting infrastructure and tourism experiences as ‘targeted dialogue’ continues with the international Olympic Committee about a possible 2032 Queensland Olympic and Paralympic Games.”  

The conference at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3 September 2021 will be part of the first-ever ‘Australia Sports Innovation Week’ from 30 August to 3 September.

It features masterclasses, VIP field tours, a Start-up investor day and the Australia and New Zealand Sports Technology Awards dinner.

Head of APAC for Sports Tech World Series Marc Roufeil said this was the perfect time to move the event to Queensland as the state continues its rise as a global sports destination. 

“Not only is Queensland hosting some of the world’s biggest sporting events, but it’s also home to a growing sports business and sports innovation ecosystem with exciting young start-ups and global sports leaders like Vald Performance calling Queensland home.” 

“We see this as a great opportunity to partner with the Queensland Government and continue to build on the momentum that they have already created by building a true destination event that is a must attend for anyone working across sports technology and innovation.”

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New city to be built from scratch north of Brisbane

Credit: Brisbane Times

 By Lydia Lynch

March 25, 2021 — 3.04pm


Vacant land north of Brisbane will be developed into a new district about the size of Bundaberg as part of a planning experiment by the state government.

Caboolture West in Moreton Bay has been picked as the pilot site of a planning strategy to ensure infrastructure can keep pace with population growth and housing demand in south-east Queensland.

The state government will help build a district from scratch north of Brisbane.

The state government will help build a district from scratch north of Brisbane. CREDIT:PAUL ROVERE

A specialist team was created this month to accelerate land supply in areas between Tweed Heads and Noosa.

The population of south-east Queensland’s “200-kilometre city” was predicted to grow by 1.5 million to 5 million in 20 years, making it about the same population as Sydney in 2021.

The 258-hectare neighbourhood development plan at Caboolture West was the first in the growth program, which Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Steven Miles said would improve housing choice and affordability.

“I asked for the team’s first priority to be to identify a pilot site where the state and council could work with the private sector and utility providers to support future housing needs,” he said.

Land in Caboolture West will be developed under a new planning experiment.

Land in Caboolture West will be developed under a new planning experiment. CREDIT:MORETON BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

“Work will also identify the infrastructure necessary to support more affordable, liveable communities.

“Working together on the pilot, we can test, evaluate and learn from a co-ordinated effort to plan for future housing needs.”

About 3000 homes will be built in the neighbourhood, eventually growing to 30,000 houses for about 70,000 people.

“Caboolture West will ultimately be a major regional urban centre that will support 17,000 jobs and have many social benefits including new health and education centres as well as sport and recreation facilities and plenty of new homes for Queenslanders,” Mr Miles said.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Queensland branch warned last year that large parts of the south-east had fallen behind standard land availability benchmarks.

Under state government rules, all local government areas should have four years’ worth of land ready to go to market to ensure annual dwelling targets were met.

The UDIA research found Brisbane and Moreton Bay had 3.7 years’ worth of land supply available, while the Gold Coast had 1.7 years, the Sunshine Coast 2.4 years and Redland City 2.5 years.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said it was “shameful” not enough land was available, with some Queenslanders forced to live in their cars, in garages or with family and friends.

“We need to make more land available and we need to build the roads, water and sewerage to support it,” he said.

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The top residential construction projects underway on the Gold Coast now

The Gold Coast is a hive of construction activity as the city benefits from a booming housing market. Here are some of the biggest projects underway right now.

Credit: Gold Coast Bulletin

Alister Thomson and Andrew Potts, Gold Coast Bulletin



Map showing Skyridge, formerly the Pacific View estate. Map showing Skyridge, formerly the Pacific View estate.

Earthworks began on the $1.5 billion development in Worongary in February with sales expected to start in June. Formally known as Pacific View Estate, the project is a joint venture between Perron Group and Gold Coast investor. It is expected to deliver up to 3500 dwellings over a 15-year period.


The Star Gold Coast artist impression of tower 2 and the Dorsett Hotel. The Star Gold Coast artist impression of tower 2 and the Dorsett Hotel.

The casino operator last month kicked off the next stage of its $2 billion masterplan for Broadbeach Island with the sod turning ceremony for the 63-storey tower 2.

The $400 million project, expected to create 1800 construction jobs during the project and 500 once open, follows constructioin of the 54-storey Dorsett hotel tower, due to open in late 2022.

The new project will feature 460 apartments upon completion, which is anticipated to be mid-to-late 2024.


Artist impression of Mosaic's Bela tower in Mermaid Beach. Artist impression of Mosaic's Bela tower in Mermaid Beach.

The Bela tower is the first of Mosaic’s two projects on Peerless Ave in Mermaid Beach. The 26-level project, featuring 115 luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments, is worth $128 million and is sold out. Construction is due for completion by mid-2021.


An artist impression of Encore in Broadbeach. An artist impression of Encore in Broadbeach.

The 25-level Encore tower in Broadbeach will become the largest development completed to date by Andrews Projects when it is finished in late April/early May.

The building contains 84 units with remaining two- and three-bedroom apartments priced from $660,000.


Little Projects Signature apartments Broadbeach Little Projects Signature apartments Broadbeach

The Signature tower is the first project on the Gold Coast for Melbourne-based rich-lister turned developer Paul Little.

The $210 million, 245-unit luxury tower is one of the biggest under construction on the Coast.

Construction on the 35-storey building is expected to be completed in the first half of 2022.


Artist impression of Flow Residences at Rainbow Bay. Artist impression of Flow Residences at Rainbow Bay.

Ground broke in early December on this $74 million project which proved to be a surprise sales hit in 2020.

The first sod was turned less than a month after the southern Gold Coast tower sold out in a COVID-inspired spending spree.

The tower is expected to open in March 2022.


Artist impression of Spyre Group's Natura tower in Burleigh Heads. Artist impression of Spyre Group's Natura tower in Burleigh Heads.

Construction work began in late 2020 on the new $77 million Burleigh Heads tower Natura which also proved a major sales success despite the pandemic.

More than $50 million worth of units were sold in a single weekend in early March.

About 70 per cent of those who bought into the 17-storey project off the plan were downsizers from the Gold Coast region.

The tower is earmarked for a 1011sq m site on The Esplanade and will replace the now-demolished Aspect on Burleigh, a 13-year-old mid-rise launched by Mimi MacPherson.


The Surfers Paradise Jewel towers lit up. Picture: LUKE MARSDEN PHOTO The Surfers Paradise Jewel towers lit up. Picture: LUKE MARSDEN PHOTO

Construction of Jewel began in 2015 and has yet to be completed following repeated construction delays and ownership changes.

This year may finally see an end to the project.

The first tower has been finished with a small number of settlements taking place while the renovations for tower two and three are ongoing.

Jewel’s towers measure 36, 43 and 49 storeys with a 169-room hotel and 521 separate apartments. Prices have ranged from $4 million for three-bedroom units to entry prices from $675,000 to $799,000.


Capital Court, Varsity Lakes Capital Court, Varsity Lakes

Veteran developer Ron Bakir is undertaking his $200m build-to-rent Capital Court project in Varsity Lakes with funder Morgan Stanley.

The CEO of Homecorp Property Group will launch expressions-of-interest for his Capital Court build-to-rent (BTR) project in the next few weeks.

Construction has kicked off on the first two of four towers delivering 450 units on the site.


Artist impression of The Lanes Residences. Artist impression of The Lanes Residences.

Sunland’s first two buildings in the $1.3 billion project The Lanes are due to be completed in the middle of this year.

Each of the buildings will have between 70 and 80 apartments, with a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury units and penthouses.,

Apartments in the first stage of The Lanes Residences, known as the “East Village’’ are priced from $475,000 to $1.825 million.



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Director Ron Howard spruiks Gold Coast landscape to thousands of followers on social media

Powerhouse Hollywood director Ron Howard has been enjoying his time off while filming on the Gold Coast taking to social media to post some of the Gold Coast stunning scenery.

Lea Emery, Gold Coast Bulletin

March 7, 2021 10:22am

Howard has been on the Coast since January this year filming ThirteenLives which brings to life the incredible 2018 Thai cave rescue in which nine Australians worked with an international team to rescue 12 young boys and their soccer coach.

Hollywood director Ron Howard posted this stunning Gold Coast sunrise on Sunday morning. Picture: Twitter

Hollywood director Ron Howard posted this stunning Gold Coast sunrise on Sunday morning. Picture: Twitter



On Sunday morning Howard was up early enough to capture the sun rising over a Gold Coast beach.

“Good morning – it’s a stunning Sunday here in #Australia. Hope you are well wherever you are,” he wrote on Twitter.

Just a day earlier his had posted to Instagram another showing kayakers enjoying the surf.

Director Ron Howard posting the Gold Coast beach to his thousands of followers on Instagram. Picture: Instagram Director Ron Howard posting the Gold Coast beach to his thousands of followers on Instagram. Picture: Instagram

“Early morning walk on the #GoldCoast before getting to work,” he captioned the photo.

On March 1, the Apollo 13 director posted a selfie with his wife from what appears to be the Burleigh hill, showing the Surfers Paradise skyline in the background.

Powerhouse director Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl enjoying their time on the Gold Coast. Picture: Twitter

Powerhouse director Ron Howard and his wife Cheryl enjoying their time on the Gold Coast. Picture: Twitter

“Me and Cheryl out for a hike on a day off Down Under. Wonderful landscapes and terrific people everywhere we turn,” he wrote on Twitter.

The photos posted on social media have been seen by thousands of people giving the Gold Coast tourism industry a boost.


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SEQ 2032 Olympics: Qld homes will be needed for accommodation

If southeast Queensland snags the 2032 Olympics it will be a boon for the region’s Airbnb hosts. Here’s how many rooms will be needed.

Dan Knowles Olympics editor

February 12, 2020 - 12:00AM

THOUSANDS of Queensland homeowners could cash in on the Olympics, with bid organisers revealing 10,000 rooms will need to be found beyond traditional hotels to handle the influx of spectators, media and officials at an SEQ 2032 Games.

The State Government’s 2032 Olympics and Paralympics blueprint says – on top of benefits including 130,000 new jobs and burgeoning industries – southeast Queensland would need to find 81,000 rooms: 41,000 for Games stakeholders (including 18,000 media), 25,000 for spectators and 15,000 for workers.

With 60,000 rooms currently across the southeast tipped to grow to 70,000 by 2032, another 11,000 rooms will need to be found, the report says, pointing to the 18,000 Airbnb hosts across Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

Other accommodation could include cruise ships moored in the Brisbane River, holiday parks, school boarding houses and temporary or modular housing, the report says. 

The school holidays would be synchronised to match the Olympics, which would run sometime between July 15 and August 31, 2032, opening up accommodation at boarding schools and universities, as well as giving school kids and teachers the chance to get along to the Games or volunteer.

An early concept of an Olympic stadium in Brisbane. Picture: Urbis
An early concept of an Olympic stadium in Brisbane. Picture: Urbis

“The preferred dates are Olympic Games from Friday July 23 to Sunday August 8, 2032, Paralympic Games from Tuesday August 24 to Sunday September 5, 2032,” the blueprint says. 

It says the Games benefits outweigh the costs, and could open up over $35 billion in new exports, jobs and tourism return.

Roads, rail and other infrastructure that the SEQ needs to handle a 1.9m increase in population in the next 25 years would be fast-tracked for the Olympics.

Small and medium-sized businesses could cash in, with the blueprint saying “Games procurement volumes would generate unprecedented demand and the long lead time offers opportunities for innovative suppliers to generate both windfall sales and sustainable capability, driving ongoing opportunities”.

An SEQ Olympics would create 5000 jobs a year across Queensland in the lead up to the Games, spiking with another 115,000 in the final year, with an economic benefit that could top $36 billion: $7.4 billion in quantifiable benefits, plus a potential $20.2 billion uplift in international visitor expenditure between 2020 and 2036, and increased export opportunities worth a possible $8.6 billion.

Post-Games tourism is tipped to create 10,000 jobs over three years.

The $4.45 billion cost of running the Games would be completely offset for taxpayers with a $$2.5 billion grant from the IOC, ticket sales and sponsorship, the report says.

Setting the stage for the Olympics would also provide spin-offs like securing the title of Queensland being “Australia’s event state”, help position “SEQ as the most liveable place in the world by 2040 and provide a competitive advantage for the state” and “a chance to bring Queensland’s capital to life by simultaneously lighting up the city around connected dynamic entertainment precincts that enable it to be activated year-round for all genres of major events for decades to come”.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) proposed a Games bid to fast-track new roads and rail with a feasibility study which gathered momentum on the back of The Courier-Mail’sFuture SEQ campaign.

In June, The Courier-Mail and southeast Queensland sister mastheads officially backed the bid with front page editorials.

In December, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queensland was going for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, won over by projections showing billions of dollars extra would pour into the state economy.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was determined an Olympics must be inclusive of the whole state.

An early concept of an Olympic stadium in Brisbane. Picture: Urbis
An early concept of an Olympic stadium in Brisbane. Picture: Urbis


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Revealed: Economic benefits Cairns will receive from 2032 Olympic Games

If Queensland secures the Olympics Games in 2032, Cairns will be due for an economic windfall.

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Peter Gleeson and Dan Knowles
February 11, 2020 - 5:00AM
The Cairns Post

QUEENSLAND is in for a $35 billion jobs, export and tourism bonanza if it secures the SEQ 2032 Olympics, the State Government’s economic analysis of the bid shows.

The value proposition blueprint – which won the State Government over into backing the bid – shows an SEQ Games would open up an extra $8.6 billion in increased export opportunities statewide and create an extra, quantifiable economic benefit of $7.4 billion on top of that. 

'Madame Butterfly' Susie O'Neill pictured for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic bid at Kangaroo Point. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

'Madame Butterfly' Susie O'Neill pictured for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic bid at Kangaroo Point. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

The report also confirmed the Games’ Organising Committee costs could be delivered at no cost to the state, taking into account an International Olympic Committee contribution of $2.5 billion as well as revenues such as ticket sales and sponsorships.

“Significant benefits from the Games would disperse throughout regions such as Cairns over a two-decade window of opportunity,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Key opportunities for Cairns include:

 Opportunities to attract international teams, training and events to the region ahead of and after the Games.

 Hosting opportunities such as football prelims and pre-Games training, torch relay and community events.

 A boost in international visitors and the ability to profile the destination to the world, procurement and supply chain opportunities for local businesses, and enhanced promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture on the global stage

 Business opportunities for authentic art products by Queensland’s First Nations artists.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was determined a Queensland Olympics must be inclusive of the whole state.

“Two things I have said from day one: the benefits of these games must outweigh the cost and everyone has to share the excitement and the pride,” the Premier said.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the Games would allow Cairns and the Far North to showcase its unique advantages to the world. 

“We have the Great Barrier Reef with access to some of the world’s best islands, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and potential to attract new export and supply chain opportunities,” Mr Crawford said.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the Games would grow the Far North’s reputation as an events host.

“The 2032 Games is so much more than a few weeks of sport. It would stimulate the attraction of events to Cairns before and after the Games with perfect weather and international class venues for athlete training,” he said.


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Australia’s southern capitals ruled out of Olympics bids

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Olly, Millie and Syd the three official mascots for the Sydney Summer Olympics held in 2000.

Olly, Millie and Syd the three official mascots for the Sydney Summer Olympics held in 2000.


JUNE 15, 2019

(Flashback to 2019)

Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, ­Adelaide and every ­Australian ­region outside southeast Queensland has been told they are effectively barred from ever bidding for an Olympics ­following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to always hold the Summer Games in July-August.

The 1956 Melbourne Games were staged from November 22 to December 8 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics from September 15 to October 1, but this latest ruling means such Games can never happen again.

There is no question the two capitals have the capacity to stage the Games again, and indeed re-hosting the Olympics has become exceptionally trendy.

Next year’s host city, Tokyo, also held the Games of 1964, while Paris and Los Angeles, the cities that will follow in 2024 and 2028, will be holding the Olympics for the third time.

But while Sydney and Melbourne have a sufficiently large population, and the sporting and general infrastructure to stage ­future Games, they have been disqualified by their winter climate in July-August.

The change was dictated by giant American television network, NBC, which is the major sponsor of the IOC.

Every four years up to 2032 the network will pay $US2.3 billion to the IOC — about 40 per cent of its total revenue — just for the domestic US right.

In the past, it has flexed its muscles by ensuring that prime television events such as the swimming finals were held in US-friendly timeslots — even though it meant swimmers weren’t getting to bed until after 2am in Rio de Janeiro. But it is now dictating when the Games themselves can be staged.

The American summer holidays can range from the end of May to early September, depending on the state or region, but July-August is particularly preferred by NBC because it doesn’t clash with any other major US sporting events.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has spread the word around the major Olympic sports and the various Australian capitals of what the IOC decision will mean.

But his message did not strike home until he included the warning in a speech to a tourism lunch in Brisbane on Thursday.

“On the basis that southeast Queensland is the only significant region, and Queensland the only state in Australia with all three of the requisite climate, population and sporting infrastructure to host a Summer Games in July-August, the AOC gave its in-principle support for a Games in SEQ and for a feasibility study into hosting them,” Mr Coates told The Courier-Mail’s Future Tourism Business lunch.

James Hulme, a director of the Committee for Sydney, told The Weekend Australian that Sydney was perfectly capable of staging a July-August Olympics.

“Climate-wise, it would still be possible to hold the Games in July and August in Sydney,” Mr Hulme said. “The weather is still pretty temperate even though it’s in the middle of winter.

“If you compare to the Cricket World Cup that’s happening at the moment in England and Wales, there are still some pretty chilly temperatures there.

“In Sydney in winter, we still hold events like the Bledisloe Cup. And yeah, rugby is an Olympic sport.

“Temperature can still be late teens, early 20s, which is probably ideal for athletics.

“If you were to take into ­account the views of athletes and spectators, they probably don’t want to compete or watch the Olympics in really sapping heat.

“In terms of infrastructure, Sydney stands out among Australian cities (for) holding major events. We obviously are investing a lot in terms of stadiums and transport infrastructure.

“To hold an Olympics now, you need to have really high-quality public transport and ­Sydney is leading the way in terms of that.”

The only southern hemisphere city to hold an Olympic Games in the July-August timeslot was Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Those Games ran from August 5 to 21.


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Qld tourism: Luxury hotels on the rise in Sunshine State

More than 2000 hotel rooms have come on the Queensland market in the past six months, and a successful Olympic bid could add nearly triple that number.

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Daryl Passmore

June 17, 2019 - 8:34AM

MORE than 20 major new hotels are planned for Queensland over the next six years, with the state set for a $13 billion accommodation building bonanza.

And experts say we will need even more.

It’s the next phase in a hotel revolution that has seen more than 2000 additional rooms come on the market in the past 18 months.

Developments already under construction or proposed would see that explode by another 5500-plus by 2025.

If southeast Queensland were to make a successful bid for the 2032 Olympic Games, an additional wave of development would be unleashed.

Property giant JLL’s hotels and hospitality group executive vice-president Julian Whiston said a rush of half a dozen or so new properties, including the W Brisbane, Westin, The Calile in Fortitude Valley, Southpoint Emporium and Novotel at South Bank had boosted Brisbane’s stock by 1377 rooms in 2018, followed in March by the 116-room The Fantauzzo Art Series Hotel at Howard Smith Wharves.

“They are all positioned towards the upper end of the market,” Mr Whiston said. 

“A lot of the product coming on to the market has a lifestyle, boutique-themed element to it. They are a little more unique.

“Hotels are gravitating towards experience rather than just utility.”

The next couple of years would be quieter, allowing the market to absorb the extra supply and occupancy rates edge up from the current 70 per cent.

But it also created an opportunity for Brisbane to take advantage of high prices and tight availability in Sydney with better rates.

“The additional capacity has put Brisbane in a really strong position to leverage in the business and events markets,” Deloitte Access Economics partner Adele Labine-Romain said.

By 2022, the core of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development will be complete — including a new six-star Rosewood, and five-star Dorsett and Star Grand hotels — with the conversion of the existing Treasury hotel into a six-star Ritz-Carlton two years later. Together, they will have 1100 rooms.

Like the latest crop of hotels, they will be directed more at leisure guests, changing the dynamics of the Brisbane market which has been predominantly corporate, as tourism chiefs strive to make the capital a vacation destination in its own right.

With other attractions such as the Brisbane Live indoor arena and entertainment precinct planned, the opening of Brisbane Airport’s second runway doubling flights capacity next year, and strong ongoing growth forecasts for both international and domestic visitors, hotel demand would continue rising.

“The stock required to fill that makes us confident that more supply will be needed even beyond the known pipeline,” Ms Labine-Romain said.

Just as at Queen’s Wharf, The Star Entertainment Group and its partners are investing billions on the Gold Coast, with plans to add to their existing two properties with at least two — and up to five more hotels — creating a massive tourism hub in Broadbeach

Three other $1 billion-plus projects at Surfers Paradise — Meriton’s “Ocean”, the Ralan Group’s “Ruby” and Yuhu Group’s “Jewel” will create more than 2000 rooms between them.

Richard Crawford, senior director of hotel development in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, for the Marriott International chain, which opened both the W and Westin hotels in Brisbane over the past year, says he is excited about Queensland.

The chain hoped to announce a new flagship luxury hotel on the Gold Coast very soon. 

And the firm will operate the new five-star Westin Coolum Resort & Spa, due to open in 2021 as part of the $900 million Yaroomba Beach coastal village project by Sekisui House.

He has further ambitions for the Sunshine Coast revealing “Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are destinations of great interest to us”.

Dubai-based hotel developer Ghassan Aboud is transforming the Far North Queensland city of Cairns through his Crystalbrook Collection chain. 

The five-star Riley opened its doors in November and will be followed this year by the Bailey and the Flynn — more than 700 rooms in total. 

His next focus is Port Douglas, once a jewel in the state’s tourism crown but overlooked in recent times. 

A $400 million-plus investment there will create an exclusive 30-suite six-star resort and a 100-room five-star hotel.

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Could Brisbane be an Olympics Infrastructure Success Story?

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In welcome news for Queensland’s construction and infrastructure sector and the wider state economy, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated Brisbane as its preferred candidate city to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. 

Brisbane preferred host for 2032 Olympics

Brisbane the official front runner for 2032 Olympics 

The IOC has invited Brisbane and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to start a targeted and in-depth dialogue. Delivering this news at a recent press conference, IOC president Thomas Bach said: “the decision was made to advance the host election process at this particular moment given the uncertainty the world is facing right now, which is expected to continue even after the COVID-19 health crisis is over”. 

“The IOC is considering seizing the momentum offered by the excellent project of Brisbane 2032 and the AOC to bring stability to the Olympic Games, the athletes, the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement. The Future Host Commission will now start a targeted dialogue with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the AOC”. 

Key reasons why Brisbane 2032 was proposed by IOC for the targeted dialogue include a high level of experience in hosting major international sports events and strong support from all three levels of government. Queensland’s existing infrastructure is also listed as a key factor. 

Brisbane’s very advanced concept proposes a sustainable Games which is fully aligned with the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020+. The Games would use 80 - 90 per cent existing or temporary venues, while current hotel accommodation inventory already meets requirements. 

Other reasons stated include the Games’ alignment with South-East Queensland’s long-term strategy to improve local transport infrastructure, reflect demographic change, and stimulate economic growth. The IOC said that after being successfully implemented for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, existing and planned transport infrastructure and experience in traffic management can adequately meet demands. 


Olympics would revitalise Brisbane and SE QLD venues

new 80,000-seat Brisbane stadium would be part of the bid, with Albion Park appearing the preferred location. With its 42,000 capacity, unless it is expanded, the Gabba is considered too small to serve as the main stadium. The venue’s transport links will improve after the opening of the Cross River Rail project with a new underground station next to the Gabba. 

Austadiums said the Olympics would revitalise Brisbane’s stadium infrastructure, with existing venues (including the Brisbane Aquatic CentreBrisbane Entertainment Centre & Queensland Sport & Athletic Centre) needing either significant redevelopments to bring them up to standard, or new replacements. 

A new aquatics centre and indoor sports centre are proposed. Other venues potentially in the final bid include Suncorp Stadium, the Queensland Tennis CentreNissan Arenaand the Sleeman Sports Complex. 

Austadiums.com noted that the bid extends beyond Brisbane to include South-East Queensland and the Sunshine Coast. South-East Queensland will focus on fast-tracking big ticket infrastructure items such as transport. 

A host of Gold Coast venues used for the Commonwealth Games, including Metricon Stadium and Cbus Super Stadium, form part of the bid. It should also boost Sunshine Coast Stadium’s redevelopment hopes, after recently missing out on federal funding. 

The Olympic Games Rio 2016 were a true success story. As well as being the most-watched ever - half the world’s population tuned in - the Games left behind a great legacy for the city of Rio de Janeiro. 

Job creation accounted for 82% of Rio’s local economic growth, with workers at the base of the social pyramid mostly benefitting from the increase in labour income. Access to high-quality public transport for the city’s citizens increased some 40% with new bus and metro lines. 

In addition to new transport infrastructure, 70 new hotels and residences were built, creating 16,000 jobs, and parts of the city including the historic Porto Maravilha area were revitalised. Many venues were repurposed for ongoing public use. 

The canoe slalom venue has become a public swimming pool, while the handball venue was converted into four schools. Six Olympic Park venues now form the nucleus of Brazil's first Olympic Training Centre and the Carioca Arena was converted into an Olympic Experimental School. 


A transformative impact on Brisbane in 10 years’ time 

Could Brisbane also be an Olympics infrastructure success story, like Rio? Winning the bid would create a long-term economic buzz and boost jobs creation for our industry and the state. 

CGC is excited about the potential impact for the construction and infrastructure sector, seeing the IOC announcement – and hopefully, winning bid - as a huge boost for Brisbane and Queensland. 

Construction and infrastructure have already been identified to play a central role in Australia’s economic recovery, with Federal government investment announced for shovel-ready and large-scale initiatives that will create jobs and growth. If Brisbane’s bid is a winner, there will be even more demand ahead for professionals, in an even more competitive recruitment market. 

With the Olympics dangling as a realistic prospect, companies looking to attract the best talent for the job ahead will need to create their own post-COVID long-term vision. They will then need to persuasively sell in this vision to candidates, offering long-term professional development and a career path that gives them the chance to come along for the journey of this important stimulus drive and Olympics host city preparation. 


About CGC Recruitment 

CGC Recruitment specialise in helping complex, large-scale development projects to achieve the best outcomes through recruiting outstanding, professionals in architecture, engineering, consulting, development and project management. 

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Brisbane’s Exciting Top 5 Development Projects

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January 2021

With the current world challenges at play right now, Brisbane has continued to take advantage of all opportunities with the future at top of mind. 

After Queensland’s premier announcement “reaffirming” its bid to hold the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane, we are sure to witness some the progression of new infrastructure taking place this year.

NEW RUNWAY OPENED | Completion July 2020

Brisbane welcomed the completion of it’s second runway at the Brisbane International Airport. The new runway was opened with an official ribbon cutting on the runway with a aircraft display and a salute to the Virgin Australia Boeing 737 aircraft – the first departure off Brisbane’s new runway.

Brisbane Airport opens second runway despite COVID-19 aviation shutdowns - ABC News

QUEEN’S WHARF | Scheduled completion 2022

This $3.6 billion “world-class entertainment  precinct” has moved ahead with construction, and is now well underway. This project is expected to open in 2022 and will transform the CBD and river’s edge whilst restoring and repurposing all the beautiful heritage buildings for future generations.

Queens Wharf Brisbane major development project

CROSS RIVER RAIL | Scheduled completion 2024

Brisbane’s biggest infrastructure project has progressed from early works into Major Construction and is now well on its way to being delivered.  in 2020 demolition of the Brisbane transit Centre marks the beginning of the transformation of Roma Street o become Queensland’ most significant transport interchange.  

This $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project unlocks the current network bottleneck of a single river crossing and just four inner-city stations, by delivering a second river corssing, allowing more trains to run more often.

Cross River Rail Brisbane Major Project


Construction has commenced to support the busy Howard Smith Wharves precinct, ensuring residents and visitors have easy access to this newly developed public space via Brisbane’s world-class ferry network.

The terminal is being constructed with off-site fabrication since late 2020 and on-site works scheduled from early 2021.

VICTORIA PARK | Final Vision complete with construction commencing mid-2021

The masterplan for the transformation of Victoria Park golf course into a 45-hectare public parkland in Brisbane’s inner north is moving forward changing Victoria Park into an iconic public parkland.

Restoring Victoria Park’ original waterways will re-establish into a natural retreat, an urban park for adventure, discovery and reconnection, whilst providing a natural habitat for our wildlife.


From the city-shaping cross river rail, to a new multi-billion-dollar casino as well as a number of high-profile high-rise commercial, hotel and residential projects, the city is primed for major development projects and growth.

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Will investors win by investing in Brisbane pre-the Olympic Games?

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THE RECENT announcement that Brisbane has a real possibility of hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, being named as the preferred bidder by the International Olympic Committee, may have property investors wondering if they will find themselves on the winners’ podium if they buy in this city.

Should you rush in and buy, with the idea of capitalising on future growth?

The simple answer is that the Olympic Games shouldn’t be your only reason for buying. Hosting the event could benefit the city in many ways, which could flow through the property market, but it won’t directly drive prices up.

How will Brisbane benefit?

Under the ‘New Norm’ rules of the Olympic Games, cities that win the bid for the event should have the majority of venues already existing so white elephant stadiums that will likely never be used again don’t have to be built, and hosts can focus on ‘legacy’ projects such as public transport, instead.

This is the case for Brisbane, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk saying the city already has 85% of the venues required for the Games, and events may not be restricted to Brisbane, but South East Queensland and even further afield in the state.

The masterplan for the Olympic Games’ bid proposed two athletes villages (one potentially at Hamilton North Shore) and a possible new stadium at Albion, as well as public transport projects.

It’s hoped that the opportunity to host will be used to bring forward infrastructure investment in Brisbane – particularly for rail and road – to cater for the city’s growing population, with the budget of $4.5 billion contributing to these projects.

This in itself will be a huge boost for Brisbane, making it more liveable and attractive. But another benefit of hosting the Games will be the economic boost through infrastructure projects, job creation and tourism.

The bottom line is that hosting the 2032 Olympics could really put Brisbane on the world stage, with the city to become instantly recognisable and a sought after destination to both travel and move to for a long time to come.

Will it lead to a property boom?

The benefits of hosting big sporting events such as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games can flow through to the property market, and in turn, give it a boost, but there isn’t evidence of a direct boost to the property market in a city hosting one of these massive sporting events.

Some studies show there is a boost in host cities’ housing markets in the years following the event being held, but it’s not conclusively due to the event itself.

“If Brisbane hosts, for many years there will be people saying ‘we want to go to Brisbane or South East Queensland, because that’s where the Olympic Games were held’, says Property Investment Professionals of Australia Chairman Peter Koulizos.

“It attracts tourists before, during and after the Games, which has got to be good for Queensland, but not to a level where you can say property markets are going to boom, because it hasn’t happened before.

“There are certainly a lot of good things, but to be able to drill down to say ‘these particular suburbs are going to do well’ is not possible – it doesn’t have that sort of benefit.

“The research doesn’t show that you should buy in a particular suburb because the stadium is next door and you’ll make money, for example.

“It’s wonderful and the Olympics will have a greater effect city wide, but it doesn’t impact property prices from a suburb level.

“It didn’t happen for the Olympic Games in Sydney, the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Melbourne or the Gold Coast, and globally that sort of thing doesn’t happen.”

Peter Koulizos

The reality is that Brisbane is already starting to boom, which is part of an Australia-wide trend for the property prices. The city was also overdue for growth as it has matured in recent years with billions of dollars in infrastructure projects in the pipeline that will be transformational for the city, and has seen significant population growth.

The potential promise of hosting the Olympic Games in 2032 will just increase confidence in the city’s property market, and perhaps put the city on the radar for some investors, both locally and globally.

While the Olympics may draw investors to Brisbane to buy property, investors should always stick to the fundamentals when choosing cities to buy in, and where to purchase on a suburb level in those cities.

Always ensure there will be ongoing buyer and renter demand, and that it ticks all the boxes in terms of infrastructure, amenity, proximity to employment, and accessibility.

In Brisbane, the best opportunities are close to the city and close to the river, says Koulizos, where there will always be strong demand.

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How and why the IOC could find a 2032 Olympic host so soon

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February 26, 2021

GENEVA (AP) — After years of costly and time-consuming competitions to host the Olympics, the race to stage the 2032 Summer Games might just have passed you by.

With little fanfare this week, the International Olympic Committee named the Australian city of Brisbane its preferred host in a new bidding process not needing a vote or even any rival candidates.

The case for Brisbane was quietly made while most Olympic focus in the past year was on the upcoming Tokyo Games, and whether they can be staged at all amid the pandemic.

To recap, Brisbane now looks likely to be the next host after Los Angeles in 2028 and Paris in 2024.

Even Olympic aficionados may not have noticed during the COVID-19 pandemic how several potential 2032 candidates were at various stages of preparing.

Olympic officials stressed Wednesday it’s “not a done deal” for the city on Australia’s east coast to be picked. Still, the prize is Brisbane’s to lose during exclusive talks with the IOC which both sides want to succeed, likely next year.

So how and why could the IOC anoint a 2032 host so soon?


Bidding for a Summer Games was once a star-studded blockbuster.

Several cities lobbied in luxury hotels and conference halls worldwide for two years. They brought heads of government to a vote of IOC members seven years before the games.

Tony Blair helped London win a vote in Singapore in 2005. Not even Barack and Michelle Obama could save Chicago’s doomed bid four years later in Copenhagen. The 2016 Olympics went to Rio de Janeiro instead. 

Bidding was expensive and risked a humiliating loss. Or rejection in local referendums that were bad for the Olympic brand.

Even winners like Rio and Tokyo could be tainted by allegations of vote-buying.

That way might be “interesting for journalists,” IOC president Thomas Bach said Wednesday, but “was not the best procedure, neither for the future of the games nor for the reputation of the IOC.” 

Bach wanted “to make it more sober, if I may say.” And the process had already changed four years ago during the contest for the 2024 Olympics. 


Paris and Los Angeles were the two finalists in 2017 and the Olympic Charter was amended to bring the 2028 Games also into play. A double hosting award made winners of both cities.

Then the IOC created an entirely new way to bid. And asked Australia’s top Olympic official, John Coates, to oversee it. 

An IOC-appointed panel of members could engage possible candidates in discreet ongoing talks, urging them not to promise spending on new stadiums. They could recommend a top choice for the IOC executive board to fast track at any time. 

It cut the need for globe-trotting, glad-handing and glitzy videos, especially during a pandemic. 

It also avoided a set timetable and expected candidates like Doha, Qatar, and Budapest, Hungary, were left looking blindsided Wednesday.

Still, Brisbane had been front-running since 2019 and left a trail of clues. 

Queensland’s elected state premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, led an early visit to IOC headquarters in Switzerland. Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, met Bach in Japan last year.


Global political and economic uncertainty was cited by the IOC as one of the reasons to move fast and promote Brisbane.

The IOC prizes lawmakers’ support for potential hosts and is uneasy about low polling numbers when taxpayers are canvassed.

Australia, Queensland and Brisbane have government leaders who back the bid and do not face re-election this year. It made now a good time to strike.

Many had expected Doha to make a strong bid. The ambitious and gas-rich nation is preparing to host soccer’s 2022 World Cup and the 2030 Asian Games.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has been an IOC member since 2002. Hosting the Olympics could have been used as a platform for peace and include regional neighbors who boycotted Qatar from 2017-20.

However, prospects for Middle East stability in the next decade are less certain than in Australia. 


If Brisbane is confirmed for 2032, Bach will have secured significant parts of the IOC’s future beyond his own presidency, scheduled to end in 2025. 

Bach beat five other candidates to win the job in September 2013 and is set to be re-elected unopposed for a final four-year mandate on March 10. 

Bach adopted a long-term strategy from the start and an early big deal secured the bedrock of IOC’s finances by extending NBC’s American broadcasting rights to 2032 for $7.75 billion.

Long-term sponsors like Coca-Cola, Omega and Visa also were signed through 2032. This security helped the IOC absorb extra costs from the Tokyo postponement.

After Tokyo, the Summer Games are set to travel via France, the U.S. and Australia -- proven Olympic hosts with plenty of existing event venues. All without Bach needing IOC members to take part in potentially unpredictable votes.

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Recap on an exciting development at the 137th IOC Session for Brisbane/SEQ 2032:



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DATE 12 MAR 2021
IOC Members today showed strong support for the new reforms that have revolutionised the process to elect future Olympic hosts.

Following a report from the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Oympiad at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, the three levels of government in Australia today testified to the benefits of the new approach and confirmed their support for the Brisbane 2032 project.

The current global uncertainty is expected to continue after the COVID-19 crisis, given the world’s interconnectivity as well as the financial risks and resilience required to overcome the situation. Therefore, the opportunity offered by the new sound and robust approach to seize the momentum provided by the excellent project of the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) was appreciated by the IOC Session.

The decision to enter into a targeted dialogue for the Olympic Games 2032 was endorsed by the IOC Members and the Future Host Commission will start more detailed discussions with Brisbane 2032 and the AOC.


Commission Chair Kristin Kloster Aasen recalled how the new approach was the direct result of a six-year process that started with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 (approved in 2014) and the New Norm(presented in 2018), already leading to positive results in the Candidature Process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 (concluded in 2019) and the current strong hosting interest.

The approach was shaped to address challenges from the past. Before Olympic Agenda 2020, the procedure was like applying for a franchise with the IOC setting the conditions for the tender. Potential candidates wanting to outbid each other spent tens of millions in the process and, when not elected, were considered as losers at home and could not justify a future candidature. Some also faced ethical problems because of lobbying misconduct. As a result, there were fewer and fewer candidates and the IOC’s reputation suffered.

“The new approach is dictated by rigour, good governance and transparency. It is governed by rules of conduct for both the continuous dialogue and the targeted dialogue, and the Commission’s terms of reference are diligently enforced,” said Kloster Aasen.

“IOC Executive Board Members and representatives of countries who have expressed an interest in hosting the Games are not allowed to serve on the Future Host Commissions. The Commissions represent all stakeholder groups – the International Federations, the National Olympic Committees, athletes and the International Paralympic Committee. And there are strict rules in regard to confidentiality, conflict of interest and abiding by the IOC's Code of Ethics,”

IOC President Thomas Bach also addressed the changes yesterday during his speech to the IOC Session: “We introduced a more targeted and flexible approach to electing future hosts. We are ensuring that the Olympic Games are now fully aligned with the long-term plans and needs of Olympic hosts and of their communities. The new approach is focused on keeping costs to a minimum and it prevents undue influence and lobbying. Our revolution had immediate positive results. Soon after you approved the reforms in 2019, we received declarations of interest from more parties than we had seen for many, many years.”


A video message from representatives of the three levels of government in Australia outlined the qualities of the Brisbane 2032 project – its solid technical concept five years in the making, existing infrastructure, strong public and political support, Olympic sport passion and expertise, and alignment with the region’s long-term ambition.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison explained how “the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games draw something wondrous out in the Australian soul. We’re a sporting nation, it lifts our vision, it brings people together, it brings Australians together. Every level of Government in Australia is working together to deliver Brisbane 2032.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Brisbane 2032 Committee wants to ensure it can present a plan “which will deliver great Games and great legacy, and which will engage all Australians and Queenslanders in the journey of a lifetime, driving economic, social and environmental benefits that we have already analysed and are confident of achieving.”

Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner, also Chair of the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland, was pleased with the new approach: “We are growing at a rapid pace and to manage that growth we are making investments that support the sustainability of our community and of the planet. Already, as a result of your continuous dialogue process and your reform initiatives, we have been able to align our Games plan with our long-term planning.”


In the video, the three levels of government underlined that the hard work to meet the requirements of the targeted dialogue is just beginning. Brisbane 2032 and the AOC will have to submit responses to the Future Host Questionnaire and the corresponding guarantees. Following further exchanges, the Future Host Commission will report back to the IOC EB in due course.

If all the requirements are met, the IOC EB can propose the election of the future host of the Games of XXXV Olympiad to the IOC Session. If the discussions are not successfully concluded, Brisbane 2032 will rejoin the continuous dialogue.

At the same time, the Commission will maintain continuous dialogue with interested parties to further develop their excellent and promising projects, be it for the Olympic Games 2032 if the Targeted Dialogue with Brisbane 2032 and the AOC is not successful, or for the Olympic Games 2036 and other future Olympic events.

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February 25, 2021

The prospect of an Olympics and Paralympic Games in Brisbane in 2032 will provide a focus for Australian sport for the next decade, says Phillips.

Young athletes around Australia will have an extra spring in their step with news that Brisbane has been identified as the “preferred host” of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips says news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has conferred “preferred host” status to the Brisbane candidature will provide “a focus for Australian sport for the next decade.”

“The IOC decision continues to show the track record Australia has in hosting major events. We provide a safe set of hands at the wheel, as was demonstrated in Brisbane in 1982, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and more recently the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which benefited significantly from the hosting experience from Sydney,” Phillips said.

“The stunning success of the Gold Coast Games demonstrates how the benefits of hosting a major multi-sport Games can have lasting benefits for the community in terms of new facilities and infrastructure that live on well beyond the Games themselves.”

Phillips, who was Director of Sport at the Australian Olympic Committee in 2000, says the entire period from the moment Australia and Sydney were announced as host in 1993, to the Games themselves, was a golden period for Australian sport.

“The lead into the Sydney 2000 highlighted all that can be achieved by Australian sport when working together,” Phillips said.

“The Australian sport system came together, with the significant help of Governments all around Australia, to deliver a great Games.”




Recent Federal government funding announcements which provide certainty for Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports and athletes through to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games secured high performance programs and Phillips believes having a landmark focus in 2032 allows for even great certainty.

“A Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games allows sports to look beyond the pandemic, to Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles, and of course Birmingham in 2022 and the 2026 and 2030 Commonwealth Games,’ Phillips said.

“We will continue to work closely with the Australian Olympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport to achieve our common objectives for Australian sport.

“And of course, we would like to host another home Commonwealth Games in 2026 as we all benefit when the green and gold is on show at home.

“A Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympics will put a spring in everyone’s step…. and what a perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brisbane Commonwealth Games.”

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Looking to Brisbane for 2032 Olympics

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16 Mar 2021
It looks promising for the Brisbane region to be given the opportunity of hosting the 2032 Olympics. 
Brisbane Olympics 2032

If that decision is confirmed, it owes much to the efforts of the current and previous Lord Mayors of Brisbane – Adrian Schrinner and Graham Quirk – as well as the Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, the SEQ Council of Mayors, and state and federal leaders. 

These games will mean not just the opportunity of hosting the world’s peak sporting event, but a colossal boost to regional awareness and a lasting infrastructure legacy of transport and related infrastructure upgrades. 

APP has embedded experience in major events such as:

2000 Sydney Olympics

2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane

2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne

2015 Pacific Games – Port Moresby

Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 

Coupled with our track-record in major infrastructure projects across the country, we are excited about the opportunities for the Brisbane region. We wish the games bidding team every bit of success in these final stages of the bid.

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Creating Future Champions – Brisbane Olympics 2032

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The NSW Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) welcomed the recent news that the IOC will start a targeted dialogue with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the AOC in relation to Australia hosting the Olympic Games for a third time.

Recently Brisbane’s bid to host the 2032 summer Olympics also got the backing of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who told the International Olympic Committee all levels of government were firmly behind the candidacy.

In operation for well over three decades now, the NSW Regional Academy of Sport system has regularly produced Australia’s Future Stars. Highlighting the success of this well regarded pre-elite athlete production line was the last Olympic Cycle, which included Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang, where a total of 34 athletes who represented Australia had been graduates of a NSW Regional Academy Program. Further confirming the need to invest in early holistic athlete development program was the fact that these 34 athletes went on to secure 41% of Australia’s total medal haul at the RIO event.

With a possible Brisbane Olympics just over ten years away, the next crop of Australia’s sporting heroes are already in the current NSW Regional Academy System. This year 3,200 athletes were talented identifies with 2,400 going into pre-elite development programs in 27 different sporting codes.

Chairperson of RAS, Ian Robilliard OAM, outlined the need for investment for long term success must occur now and be guaranteed for a number of years, “Every young Australian regardless of their location deserves access to world class regional training to make their dreams of sporting greatness possible. The Regional Academy collective system allows for high quality, cost effective program for the nations sporting bodies. To put it bluntly, RAS can deliver high performance development programs at a fraction of the cost that each individual sporting organisation can, while at the same time providing the content specialists and what is regarded as best practice defeating the tyranny of distance for regional families. If the RAS network didn’t exist athletes could be lost in the system.”

In NSW, from a political standpoint, sport sits in what is known as a Stronger Communities Government Cluster, where Youth Development, Communities and Justice and Multiculturalism also belong.

“Our Regional Youth development programs are worth so much more than Sport,” Robilliard continued, “We know that we are creating job ready, mentally resilient people. We have strong leadership programs and the benefits of being in our programs far outweigh that of sporting skill development.”

The Your Local Club Academy Games will occur on April 16-18th of this year bringing over 1200 junior regional athletes to the Hunter Region for strong competition that acts as a identification and development tool for many sports.

“The Games is a mini-Olympics of sorts for the talented youth, giving athletes experience in a high performance environment and above all a chance to compete against quality opponents,” Brett O’Farrell, CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport and Games Host said. “The event delivers over 7000 bed stays and millions of dollars in economic return to the region each year making it a boost in tourism for Regional NSW as well as a vital experience for athletes in the sporting pathway.”

Support for Brisbane’s Olympic bid will continue to build, and whilst a big part of the funding will focus on infrastructure for the Brisbane bid, the discussions surrounding funding long terms athlete development programs must be held and to ignore the next generation of Australia’s sporting heroes would have a significantly adverse impact on our country’s success in 2032.

The NSW Office of Sport and the NSW Government have been great supporters of the RAS network for over thirty plus years. It is the opinion of many that a strong investment into the future stars sporting strategy must occur now to ensure future success at Brisbane in 2032.


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