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Brisbane 2032, not yet chosen but already words of a winner

Credit: Francs Jeux

26 February 2021

The new selection process for host cities for the Games has quelled the clamour. By putting the voting ceremony back into the oblivion of history, the IOC has stifled suspense, cries of joy and images of joy. Nevertheless, the Australians of Brisbane and Queensland are already showing a look of victors in the race for the Summer Games in 2032.

In the aftermath of the IOC Executive Board’s decision to initiate a “targeted dialogue” with the Australians, and with them alone, Australia woke up on Thursday 25th February with the near certainty of hosting the Summer Games for the third time in its history. Melbourne 1956, Sydney 2000, and soon Brisbane 2032. Great success for a country of 25 million souls.

John Coates is not mistaken. Presented as the main architect of the performance of Brisbane and Queensland, the IOC Vice-President knows a lot about the new procedure for appointing the host city. He is at the origin of it. He led the working group responsible for drafting the content. Since Thursday morning in Australian time, John Coates has been indulging in abandoning the conditional for the future when discussing the Games in 2032.

It was a long night, but it resulted in a very mature decision for the IOC”, he said from Brisbane. Making such a decision when there are still more cities in the running and saying “Well, we’re going to start a focused dialogue with a favourite city” is an important message from him. “The IOC now deals exclusively with us, while we answer their questions and expectations. The other cities which have expressed an interest are put aside. This is an important recognition”.

Also according to John Coates, IOC members could be invited to vote on the choice of Queensland, in other words to validate it, as early as next summer. The Australian leader suggested that the vote could be held during the 138th session of the Olympic body, scheduled for July in Tokyo, before the Games open.

With such a scenario, Brisbane would be named the host city eleven years before the event. A record. Los Angeles had done almost as well at the Buenos Aires session in September 2017, clinching the hosting of the 2028 Games eleven years minus two months before hosting them.

Everything seems almost folded and the mass already said. But the job is not yet finished. John Coates has admitted it: the next step, the “focused dialogue“, promises to be busy. “The federal government must now present its commitments in terms of security, border control, and all subjects related to international events“, he said.

At the same time, all the political actors of the party – the federal and Queensland governments, municipalities concerned – will have to show their union. Never simple. But Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Prime Minister of Queensland, is already expressing, with a hand on her heart, her conviction of an unwavering consensus around the project.

Comment from the mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner: “When we started this adventure, a lot of people were skeptical. Now we are one step away from being named hosts of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. But now is not the time to get carried away. There is still a lot of work to be done“.

Like John Coates, Annastacia Palaszczuk also begins to use the future to talk about the Games. “We don’t need to build huge stadiums that won’t be used in the future”, she reiterated after the IOC’s decision was announced. The project presented by Australia proposes a device where 85% of the sites are already existing or temporary. They expect a budget of $4.5 billion.

Nothing to build, therefore. And yet the Queensland Prime Minister did not wait for the start of “targeted dialogue” to suggest that a new 50 000 seat Olympic stadium could rise from the ground. “There’s that option of a new big infrastructure, where we could have the opening ceremony… but we could also use Carrara”, she explained.

Carrara Stadium, located in Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, hosted the ceremonies and athletics events of the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Another option on the table: the construction of an aquatic center with 15 000 places. But the Australians are not ruling out modernising existing swimming equipment in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

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Reduce, re-use, recycle: how the new relaxed Olympic rules make Brisbane’s 2032 bid affordable

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March 9, 2021 6.05am AEDT

Brisbane is in pole position to win the rights to stage the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032, after being named as the preferred candidate city last month. The excitement is building, but the hard economic realities of staging a mega-event can’t be ignored. 

Previous Olympic and Paralympic Games have mixed legacies. There have been stories of venues lying abandoned and host cities left with crippling debts that have taken years to pay off. So will things be different for Brisbane?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is well aware of the risks for host cities. In 2018, it introduced the “New Norm” for candidate cities bidding to host the Olympics from 2024 onwards, with 118 reforms to “re-imagine” how they deliver the event.The key takeaway is the need to cut costs and risks for host cities by introducing more flexibility and efficiency. The aim of the New Norm is to produce a more sustainable legacy for host cities. But how will it work in practice?

Reduce, re-use and recycle

An example of how the New Norm will reduce costs is the relaxation of the IOC demand that each sport/sporting federation needs its own venue. From now on, venues can be used for multiple sports. This means less new infrastructure is needed. 

Another example is the idea that athletes will be able to fly in, compete in their events, then fly home. In previous Games, athletes were accommodated for the full duration of the Games. 

This means we will be able to construct a smaller athletes’ village with multiple occupancies over the Games period. The village will become commercial/retail premises following the Olympics.

The IOC will now allow the use of temporary venues for the Olympics. Previously, everything was purpose-built. Now we will be able to construct venues that can be dismantled after the event, or temporarily adapt existing venues. This will keep the costs of building new venues to a minimum.

The economic implications

The New Norm means the costs of staging Olympic and Paralympic Games have been substantially reduced. But there is still big cash involved. 

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates has said the operational budget for the 2032 Games will be A$4.5 billion.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and AOC President John Coates. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (left) and AOC President John Coates (right) speak about the bid to host the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane. Darren England/AAP

Coates is also optimistic the Games will be delivered as near to cost-neutral as possible. He said:

[O]n a budget of A$4.5 billion, the IOC is putting in $2.5 billion […] then you get approximately $1 billion from national sponsorship and $1 billion from the ticketing.

That’s enough then to pay for both the Olympics and Paralympic Games without any call on the state, or federal or local governments.

But it is not strictly accurate to say the Games will end up costing Brisbane nothing. “Operating costs” for the Olympic and Paralympic Games basically means the cost of putting on the event. Nothing more, nothing less.

To be ready for the event, both the state and federal governments will need to invest significant sums in building venues and the athletes’ village and upgrading roads and public transport. These are capital costs, which will be taxpayer money along with private investment. 

The tourism sweetener

So what might be the lasting benefits of hosting the Olympics that make it a cost worth bearing?

Based on studies of previous Olympics, three significant positive outcomes are worth highlighting.

Firstly, Brisbane and Queensland will be in the global limelight – we couldn’t afford to pay for that kind of publicity. This global attention is likely to result in increased tourism, trade and investment. 

Crowds of people in one of London's busy streets, Olympic banners on buildings and signs,
 
The UK government says there were record-breaking figures for tourism and spending in London during the 2012 Olympic Games. UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport/Flickr, CC BY-NC

In London, more than 800,000 international visitors attended a 2012 Olympic event, delivering a boost of almost £600 million“excluding ticket sales”.

While tourism is almost certain to increase in the short term following the event, evidence for long-term increases in tourism after hosting a mega-event is mixed. 

Secondly, there are many intangible benefits to the residents of host cities, including increased civic pride and social cohesion as well as community health and well-being benefits. 

Thirdly, it can be argued that hosting a mega-event like this can be the catalyst to bring forward many improvements in public transport, roads and services that might otherwise have taken decades to deliver.

Not everyone stands to benefit

Although there should be an ongoing positive legacy from new roads and sporting infrastructure, there will be opportunity costs – maybe a school extension that gets delayed, or a new hospital that gets postponed. 


Read more: Celebrate ’88: the World Expo reshaped Brisbane because no one wanted the party to end


Also, it is very likely any positive social impacts will not be dispersed equally. Those living in rural and regional Queensland and in already disadvantaged or marginalised communities might not see how the Games help them at all.

The IOC’s New Norm has allowed Brisbane to bid to host the Olympics at a much lower cost than previous host cities have had to bear. But we need to make sure that hosting the Games maximises the potential benefits and minimises the impacts of the negatives.

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Brisbane the Preferred Choice for 2032 Olympics; New Aquatic Center Part of Plan

Credit: Swimming World Magazine

By Ian Hanson - Oceania Correspondent

25 February 2021, 11:36pm

Brisbane the Preferred Choice for 2032 Olympics; New Aquatic Center Part of Plan

A proposed new 15,000 seat aquatic centre, the Brisbane Arena, would provide the South East Queensland (SEQ) 2032 Olympics with a long sought-after Brisbane inner-city pool facility and deliver a golden legacy from Australia’s third Olympic Games.

With the International Olympic Committee’s nod of approval for the Brisbane bid this week all eyes are on the Queensland capital and surrounding Gold and Sunshine Coast cities.

And a new pool is very much in the pipeline for Australia’s swimming mecca.

A new Brisbane Swimming Arena or the existing Gold Coast Aquatic Centre would host swimming and water polo, with diving, artistic swimming and water polo at the existing Brisbane Aquatic Centre, holding 4,300 people with marathon swimming at the Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast, with temporary seating for 5000.

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GOLD COAST AQUATIC CENTRE: A key venue for 2032. Photo Courtesy: Gold Coast City Council.

The SEQ region has certainly been abuzz this week as BREAKING NEWS hit the airwaves that Brisbane and the SEQ region (including the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast as well as other regional centres) had been anointed as the preferred candidate for the Games of the 35th Olympiad.

The Queensland Government has revealed initial plans for a Main Stadium, an Aquatic Centre and initiated major discussion around the Athletes Village.

Both the proposed aquatic facility and a new Main Stadium would be built on the northern side of the Brisbane River.

The SEQ region has become a swimming stronghold in Australia from the famed “Chandler Pool” – now the Brisbane Aquatic Centre – situated 14 kilometres south east of the CBD to facilities that would satisfy visiting teams in some of the best locations in the world for lead up and pre-Games training camps and competitions.

It was purpose built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games and 2032 will see a special 50th anniversary milestone for the new Olympic city.

While SEQ is surrounded by more 50m pools – both public and school facilities – than any other region in the world – it lacks a modern day international standard pool – a facility that will leave a legacy from the Games for a swimming-mad city.

Discussions are also continuing for Bond University (on the Gold Coast) and its new revamped aquatic facility (with an existing 50m pool and new 25m outdoor racing pool with scoreboard and screen) to host the International Swimming League – a major attraction for the world’s fastest swimmers – in the lead up to 2032.

And while a major selling point for the 2032 Games is centred around existing venues and infrastructure a new aquatic centre will be central to the success of these Games – as Australia’s most successful and popular Olympic sport.

Home to a host of individual Olympic champions from backstroking’s 1956 and 1960 back-to-back golden boy David Theile to a modern day who’s who of Australian swimming, Jon Sieben, Duncan Armstrong, Kieren Perkins, Susie O’Neill, Grant Hackett, Jodie Henry, Libby Trickett, Leisel Jones and Stephanie Rice.

And of current day stars Cate and Bronte Campbell, reigning world champion Ariarne Titmus and the likes of Emma McKeon, Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm, open water qualifier for Tokyo Kareena Lee and rising stars Kaylee McKeown, Minna Atherton and Lani Pallister.

Perkins is now a major power broker with his appointment as the president of Swimming Australia and he will play a key role in ensuring that his city will be ready, willing and able to host a Games to remember.

Already working tirelessly behind the scenes to make 2032 a reality has been a group of Olympic swimmers and swimming-like people who wanted to see their city join Melbourne and Sydney – making Australia the fourth country to host three or more Games – behind the USA, France and England.

People like Craig McLatchey, the former Swimming Australia executive director and former Australian Olympic Committee executive director – now Managing Director of EKS (Event Knowledge Services) – who provide the Games blueprint – and the genius behind Brisbane’s infrastructure planning – under the Sportfive (Lagardere/Sports Marketing) brand.

And Mark Stockwell, 1984 triple Olympic medallist, chairman of the Australian Sports Foundation and Chairman of the 2018 Commonwealth Games who knew if he delivered a successful Games then it would tick a huge box for 2032.

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates, praised Stockwell and his team saying the successful Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 paved the way to secure Queensland’s case.

For Stockwell, now one of Brisbane’s most successful property developers and Olympic fundraisers, 2032 will be a huge success story for him personally – and in his city.

An 18-year-old Stockwell was a program seller at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane so for him, a golden anniversary worth celebrating.

Along with the Aquatic Centre, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczukflagged a proposed Brisbane Olympic Stadium with capacity to seat 50,000 people for track and field events.

Although using “The Gabba” (home of cricket and Brisbane Lions AFL) for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium (home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL) for the athletics were also possibilities.

“There is the option of one new big venue in terms of where we would have the opening eremony … but we may use Metricon (Carrara) as well,” Palaszczuk said.

She said the new aquatics facility, the Brisbane Arena, that is expected to hold 15,000 spectators had been proposed to host swimming and water polo events.

Ms Palaszczuk said the infrastructure required is already part of Queensland’s five-to-10-year plan.

“The Olympic Committee (is) looking for existing structures,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“They don’t want countries or states to go and invest in monumental stadiums that are not going to be used in the future.

“This is transformational infrastructure for our city and our region and it would bring huge economic benefit and jobs as part of our economic recovery as we come out of COVID.”

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Optus Aquatic Centre (at Southport) that also hosted the 2014 Pan Pacs, could also be used as an alternative for water-based events.

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BRISBANE BUSWAY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF OPERATION

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8 October 2020

THERE WERE NO elaborate celebrations as Brisbane's South East Busway marked 20 years of operation by simply ‘getting on with its day-to-day utilitarian task’ of providing a safe and efficient mass transport corridor, its operator Translink confirmed recently.

The opening of the South East Busway in 2000 was the beginning of a busway network that has become an example of best practice for public transport around the world says head of Translink, Matt Longland.

"During peak periods, the busway can move up to 18,000 customers every hour, compared with up to 1,600 bus passengers an hour in general traffic corridors," Longland explained.

"That's one bus every 12 seconds passing the busiest point of the South East Busway inbound of Woolloongabba Station.

"This is one of the reasons Brisbane's Busway receives so much interest from national and international public transport providers," he added.

The first section of the South East Busway between Queen Street Bus Station and Woolloongabba opened in September, 2000, in time for the Brisbane Olympic Games Football Tournament, as part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The next section to open in April, 2001, was Woolloongabba to Eight Mile Plains, Translink confirms.

There are now more than 30 kilometres of busway, which includes 27 stations and 20 tunnels. More than 72 million trips are made on its busways each year, it states.

"The busway stations have been developed at key suburban nodes to serve major activity centres. This allows buses to serve low-density communities, collect passengers from local roads and then join the busway for a faster trip into the city," Longland said.

"The busways feature real-time safety and security incident management, with more than 750 CCTV cameras monitoring the infrastructure, tunnels and assets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Real-time bus information is displayed at all stations," he stated.

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SUCCESS STORY

Translink staff work alongside Brisbane City Council staff to provide real-time network coordination through the Busway Operations Centre, including close collaboration with the Queensland Police Service and emergency services to ensure the safety of the busway network, it says.

"Busways continue to be a great success story for South East Queensland public transport. They separate buses from general traffic and deliver more reliable and and efficient bus services for customers," Longland stated.

ABOUT BUSWAYS

As Translink explains, a full bus produces less pollution per person than a full car. In fact, it only takes six passengers to make the bus a cleaner option - and every full bus means 50 fewer cars on the road, it confirms.

Its rationale is that if the city doesn’t continue to use more public transport, "…Brisbane will be faced with more cars on the road, more congestion, longer trips to work, more noise and poorer air quality."

In terms of building one, Translink says air quality studies take place before new busways are built to ensure the local air quality - and the health of those near the busway - is protected.

It says it also builds its busway stations to blend in well with the existing environment. Wherever possible Translink uses environmentally friendly construction products and busway stations have sustainable design features including:

* rainwater harvesting for station irrigation, bathroom facilities and cleaning;

* solar-generated power;

* natural ventilation and lighting; and

* drought-resistant landscaping.

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Olympics an opportunity to catalyse two decades of investment in SEQ

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FEBRUARY 25, 2021 2:58 PM AEDT

The Property Council of Australia welcomes the International Olympic Committee’s announcement that Brisbane is the preferred host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.  

The Executive Director of the Property Council in Queensland, Chris Mountford said hosting the Olympics provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turbocharge public and private investment in the infrastructure needed for our growing region.

“Hosting the Olympics provides the impetus and global platform for South East Queensland to go to the next level in terms of major infrastructure and public realm investments,” Mr Mountford said.

“Done right, the Olympics will be a catalyst for improving the region’s connectivity, livability and prosperity over the next two decades.

“A critical next step in leveraging this opportunity is pushing ahead with the SEQ City Deal. Finalising the City Deal will strengthen our position to host the Games and expedite our post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

“Along with facilitating investment in catalytic infrastructure, hosting the Olympics will showcase our region to the world, and inspire confidence in the private sector to invest alongside government.

“Queensland is already well-placed to capitalize on its success in its handling of the pandemic, and the Olympic spotlight will only accelerate the growth trajectory of the region.

“With 11 years to go, it is imperative we use this opportunity to align the policy settings with our ambitions of being an Olympic region. We need to ensure our planning, tax and infrastructure settings are geared to the accelerated growth the Olympics will bring, and are investment friendly to leverage the benefit of the global profile.

“Pursuing an SEQ Olympics has always been a bold proposition. Now it must be matched by some bold policy making to ensure we get bang for buck.   

“Congratulations must go to the representatives from all three levels of government who have methodically pursued this opportunity over the past 6 years to get it to this point,” Mr Mountford said.

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One Year Ago:

What 2032 Oympic Games will mean for QLD

An economic analysis has revealed the huge jobs, exports and tourism bonanza Queensland is on the cusp of if we secure the 2032 Olympic Games.

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Peter Gleeson, Dan Knowles

February 10, 2020 - 9:51PM
 
 

QUEENSLAND is in for a $36.2 billion jobs, export and tourism bonanza if it secures the SEQ 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, 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. 

The massive export benefit comes in addition to the already revealed $20.2 billion in international tourist expenditure that any 2032 Games would generate in the decade leading up to the Games and then 10 years after it. 

The Value Proposition Assessment blueprint has been released ahead of a top level leadership meeting of key bid partners in Brisbane today. The leadership group includes AOC boss John Coates, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Federal MP Ted O’Brien for the Prime Minister, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson. It shows the cost of running the Games would be $4.45 billion, but the State Government and AOC says that would be completely covered by $2.5 billion in International Olympic Committee grants and revenue from ticket sales and sponsorship for the biggest event in the world. 

The report also says there are a range of unquantifiable community and health benefits, including increased participation in sport and volunteering and that 80 per cent of venues already exist or could be delivered through temporary solutions.

It also points to the creation of 130,000 direct jobs, including 10,000 in the Games year plus tens of thousands of indirect jobs.

In addition to whole-of-state benefits, the report underlines opportunities specifically for regional Queensland including:

• $10 billion in international tourism spending.

• Procurement and supply chain opportunities for regional business.


• Training and hosting opportunities for international teams.

• Participation in torch relay, cultural festivals and other games activities.

Brisbane's Olympic Transformation 
Brisbane's Olympic Transformation

THE River City will spring to life over the next two decades if it wins hosting rights to the 2032 Olympic Games.

A new 30,000-seat world class venue at Albion Park – which could be temporarily boosted to 65,000 capacity during a Games – is a leading option for the main stadium site, surrounded by an athletes’ village and media centre.

Allan Border Field next door could also be taken over for an indoor sports venue and athlete warm-up areas.

The boutique main stadium would fill a long-term void in Brisbane for a smaller rectangle venue, capable of hosting a second NRL team and potentially the Brisbane Roar and Queensland Reds beyond 2032.

Racing Queensland, which owns the Albion Park site, has already signalled it is keen to relocate harness racing and either sell or redevelop the land.

Apartments in the athletes’ village could be sold post-Games as affordable student accommodation thanks to its proximity to transport nodes.

This image – created exclusively for The Courier-Mail by Brisbane firm Urbis, who are leaders in city and community shaping – also depicts fireworks lighting up the Brisbane River during the Olympics.

The ‘brown snake’ is likely to play a central role, with the possibility of the opening or closing ceremonies being held along its banks in front of up to two million people.

“The SEQ Olympics bid provides a remarkable opportunity to accelerate the renewal of key precincts in the region and to create a legacy – of not just community facilities, but also high productivity economic sectors that amplify our quality of life and position in the world,” Urbis group director James Tuma said. 

From today, Queensland’s Olympic bid team will begin nailing down exactly how the state will host the Olympics as it prepares to table the official bid ahead of the Tokyo Games in July.

And Team Queensland won’t just be looking at how the two-week sporting event will be staged, but the long-term legacy benefits an Olympics can offer.

This is the world’s biggest marketing opportunity and, right now, we dare to dream.

- Andre Grimaux

(Picture: Urbis)

According to the report, Townsville’s new stadium could play host to international teams in the lead-up to the Games, while that city, Cairns and Toowoomba are in the frame to host preliminary football rounds.

Cairns could also use the Games attention to expand its slice of the authentic indigenous First Nations art market, while Townsville could tap into it to expand its burgeoning health care and new-tech opportunities like lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

The SEQ Council of Mayors 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’s Future SEQ campaign.

In June, The Courier-Mail and sister SEQ 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.

The southeast’s infrastructure wishlist includes fast rail connecting the Sunshine and Gold coasts with Brisbane, Ipswich and ultimately Toowoomba as well as upgrading roads and other public transport infrastructure in addition to the State Government’s Cross River Rail and Brisbane City Council’s Metro.

With 80 per cent of actual event infrastructure already in place, south-east Queensland could be in the market for a 65,000 seat stadium and some other, smaller facilities that can be repurposed for community use before and after the Games. Even the main stadium could be repurposed and expanded for the weeks of the Games and Paralympics.

Ms Palaszczuk said yesterday 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.

The Value Proposition highlights the IOC’s “New Norm”, which makes hosting the Games much cheaper.

The report highlights the economic benefits achieved from the 2018 Commonwealth Games which returned money to the Government.

Those Games generated a $2.5 billion boost to Gross State Product, including a $1.8 billion boost to the Gold Coast. It lured 1.3 million visitors who spent $1.1 billion in the state plus promoted export and foreign direct investment of $840 million, and provided contracts worth $14 million to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

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Gold Coast Greenheart, Light rail, Southport CBD: How Olympics can boost the city

A contributor to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games says the 2032 Olympics could mean big things for the Glitter Strip.

Credit: Gold Coast Bulletin

By Ann Wason Moore

 

When it comes to the 2032 Olympic Games legacy, the Gold Coast cannot settle for silver.

While Brisbane is already on the front foot to make the most of this singular opportunity with the Committee for Brisbane’s Olympics Legacy Project, our city is not yet out of the starting blocks.

With the southeast Queensland region named the preferred bidder for the Games, it’s as if we’ve been presented with Aladdin’s magic lamp … it’s an opportunity to make our civic wishes and watch them come true.

But, as every good genie must ask, what do we want to wish for?

It may seem that 2032 is more than a decade away (hint: it is) but in terms of construction and infrastructure, that’s merely the blink of an eye. It’s time to start the conversation now.

And that’s precisely the pitch from Dan Barr, the director of Better Cities Group — a Gold Coast consultancy that advises government, ASX-listed companies and the development sector on urban design, economics and city activation.

With qualifications in public health, project management and urban design, Dan has contributed to the delivery of some of the city’s most significant initiatives, including Gold Coast light rail and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“This isn’t about what I want, it’s about what the city wants,” he says.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity to not just dream big but to bring forward the completion of huge pieces of infrastructure by decades.”


Dan says it’s time the city creates its own Olympics legacy group to protect and promote the interests of the city, and he has a shortlist of projects prepared to start the conversation.

Closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast. Closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

While some are already up for discussion, like the city’s Greenheart — a giant 220ha parkland two-thirds the size of New York’s iconic Central Park, stretching from Robina to Carrara — he says the opportunity now is to fast-track completion and boost investment.

Other projects like light rail could be expanded even further than already being discussed.

“Light rail to the airport is a constant source of conversation, but I think we should start looking at planning for the spur lines like Nobby Beach to Robina and Broadbeach to Nerang as well,” he says.

“Then there’s the fast rail linking Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and possibly Toowoomba — the opportunity to operate as a sort of supercity would just turbo charge our future.”

Indeed, Dan says the power that the southeast will have as a fully connected region will be worth its weight in gold — and not just in terms of medals.

But perhaps one of the most interesting legacy suggestions could prove a solution to one of our city’s most perplexing problems: that of Southport.

Plagued by a reputation of crime, homelessness and lagging property values, Dan says the Olympic bid could be the inspiration necessary to attract investment to the historic suburb.

“This is a chance to finally make Southport the true CBD of the city and our civic heart.

“It’s time to look at transferring the City of Gold Coast headquarters to Nerang Street, along with its associated offices, and centralising all of our state and federal governments offices in that location as well.

“The council already owns so much of the land there, we could really create a civic plaza in the heart of Southport. It already has the transportation infrastructure in place which is perfect, I know that’s something that (former city architect) Leah Lang has advocated.

“She’s suggested the creation of a sort of green bridge over the highway to connect the Southport Mall to the Broadwater Parklands, finally connecting the two sides of Southport.

“One of the big problems we have in Southport right now is that while there are spots of industry and business, they are not amalgamated in the way they could and should be.

“Once you have more vibrant streets, it becomes a safer space.”

Indeed, the proof of this theory can be found in the reverse experience of Melbourne’s own CBD.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp recently described scenes in the COVID-vacated CBD as “absolutely revolting”, with criminal behaviour and graffiti increasing as the streets emptied of workers.

Dan says creating a civic centre would provide not just a social but an economic boon to Southport.

Meanwhile, in our other problem suburb of Surfers, Dan says it’s time to look at potential public/private collaborations to activate dead and dangerous spaces.

He says travelling through the suburb on light rail, it’s obvious there are sites begging for renewal.

“Working with the City of Gold Coast recently, I think the case is very strong for a collaboration of private and government investors to create a masterplan.

“There are quite a few spaces that are publicly owned — like the Cypress Ave car park which is like a cavity in the centre of the city.

“There’s an opportunity to make that a public square, a green space for people. Cavill Mall needs a redo — you can spot all the places that need work as you ride through on light rail. Some parts are done well, some are not … this is a chance to look at what could be done, look at who would be responsible, figure out the funding and get it completed by 2032.”

Dan says it’s not only big-ticket items we could tick off, but also reinforcing sustainable suburban hearts across the city, from Coomera in the north down to the border.

He says the city has already stated its intent to continue constructing green bridges, a piece of crucial pedestrian infrastructure.

“It’s just getting the mix right in certain areas. Around the Coomera town centre there is a lot of private investment, but it would be good to get public investment as well — especially in the shape of plazas and parklands.

“Anything that makes our city more walkable and more connected is what makes it more sustainable.

“The Oceanway is another project that is in the public forum, now we have the chance to just get it done.

“Same again with The Spit masterplan, we’re a fair way through that now and it’s crucial that we stick to that masterplan. Interestingly, that actually shows spur lines for trams.

“People often criticise the light rail for just being one line up and down, but that’s only the start. The plan is to have these spur lines and to connect the light rail to other forms of transportation like buses and heavy rail at the airport — it’s all about a solid, reliable network.”

Dan says one of the greatest legacies from the Commonwealth Games is set to benefit again.

He says the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct was turbo-charged by the 2018 Games, bringing forward development in the precinct by 20 to 30 years.

“There are still a lot of empty blocks out there, now is the time we can attract the investment to fill them in,” he says.

“This will be a catalyst for more growth, for more investors, more researchers, more entrepreneurs and ultimately that means more money and more jobs for our city.

“The Olympics is really going to bring eyeballs and money to our city and this is the time to leverage off of that.”

Dan says despite having his own wish list, these decisions are not his to make — rather, he wants to inspire conversations while we still have time to plan.

“Ultimately, the legacy we want to build is a better, bigger future for the Gold Coast and for our families,” he says.

“It’s not about what I want or what I think, or even what our leaders think, but having the conversation together as a city and being united as we can in our goals.”

Indeed, the Olympics is not just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our homegrown athletes, but also for our homegrown residents.

The starter’s gun is about to go off, we need to have a Games plan if we’re serious about the Coast going for gold.

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Brisbane Olympics 2032: Australian Diving’s search begins for the next Cassiel Rousseau

Diving Australia’s search for the next rising star ahead of the 2032 Olympic Games likely bound for Brisbane and south east Queensland starts next month.

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By Andrew Dawson, Quest Newspapers

WANTED: Australian next diving star - no experience necessary, apply within.

That is the message from Diving Australia where the search is on to unearth Australia’s next generation of divers.

Diving Australia national pathway coach Vyninka Arlow said a Queensland Talent Program testing weekend would be held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre to bolster its talent pool on March 13-14. It is ideally timed to unearth Australia’s next diving talent ahead of the 2032 Olympics - likely to be staged in Brisbane and south east Queensland.

Teenage Olympian-in-waiting Cassiel Rousseau heads an impressive list of Queensland rookies making a splash in the sport, a state that has produced past world and Olympic medallists Michael Murphy, Loudy Wiggins (nee Tourky), Brittany Broben and Dom Bedggood.

Rousseau, a Cleveland District State High School alumni, encouraged any Queensland youngster contemplating the sport to take a chance.

“I am thankful to my mother for pushing me into the sport,’’ said Rousseau, who was initially reluctant participate in diving.

“It is good to try something different in life. It might or might not be for you, but you never know.’’

Rousseau said never in his wildest dreams did he think he would be on the cusp of Olympic selection after transition from the Robertson Gymnastic Academy just a few years ago.

Now he has qualified Australia for the 10m event in Tokyo and was a finger nail from qualifying for the Games.

“Not even I thought that (the 2021 Olympics) could happen. I did not even want to do diving,’’ he recalled.

Arlow said Diving Australia wanted to “widen our net as we search for our 2032 superstars,’’ she said.

“The come and try day is open to all kids, boys and girls, aged from 8 years plus,’’ she said.

“On the back of a very successful Commonwealth Games, Diving Queensland is very excited to be launching this new diving talent program,’’ Arlow said.

Aside from Redlands’ talent Rousseau, other young Queenslanders shining in the Diving Australia system included:

Kiarra Milligan: A 17 year old who represented Australia in the last junior world championship;

Samantha Olivier: The 16-year-old gymnastics talent who has only been diving for 18 months but who has already been invited to the National Squad Synchro camp;

Mathias Klar: Another recent gymnastics transfer athlete, the 17-year-old is doing big things despite being less than a year into the sport;

Jonah Turner: Turner, 14, moved from the Gold Coast to dive with Diving Australia at Chandler.

Alysha Koloi: Cavendish Road SHS student Koloi was an elite gymnast who represented Australia at level 10 before switching to diving where she won a bronze medal at the junior world championships and a silver medal at the 2020 Madrid Grand Prix.

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Olympics light the way to a decade of development: Don O’Rorke

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By Nick Lenaghan and Martin Kelly

Mar 18, 2021 – 4.38pm
 

The 2032 Olympics, which Brisbane is all but certain to host, will boost property development in Queensland’s south-east corner for the next decade and is playing as a factor in the market, according to veteran developer Don O’Rorke.

Mr O’Rorke’s Consolidated Properties is pulling together plans for a $250 million upmarket project on the Brisbane River, after taking over the former ABC site at Toowong from developer Sunland in a $43.5 million deal.

As many as 250 high-end apartments could be developed on the site across two or three towers. Mr O’Rorke is factoring in not just the current buoyant conditions in south-east Queensland, but an Olympic glow which is already brightening the market outlook.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about Brisbane’s apartment market prospects for a number of reasons, including chronic lack of supply, very low vacancies, low interest rates and the intangible [benefit] of the forthcoming Olympics, which we think is going to provide a 10-year runway for property success in south-east Queensland,” he told The Australian Financial Review on Thursday. 

The Games will deliver direct benefits in the local market, from the jobs created to build the infrastructure necessary to house the event, he said. But the intangible benefits are just as important.

Queensland and the spotlight it shines on us as a region and the flow-on effects of that are felt through tourism and other things.”

Vacancy rates in Brisbane’s private rental market are the lowest in nearly nine years, while developers are winning strong sales along the Gold Coast.

At least some of the demand in south-east Queensland is coming from Melburnians and Sydneysiders heading north, a trend which Mr O’Rorke expects to remain, along with the wider appeal of Australia to the global market. The rollout of vaccinations will help deliver the next boost in demand, he said.

”COVID has shown how good Australia is relative to United States or Europe and then, within Australia, Queensland and the south-east corner have particularly shone given the government’s handling of the pandemic,” he said.

Selling the 15,000 square metre site at 600 Coronation Drive was ASX-listed developer Sunland, which picked up the ABC’s former Brisbane home seven years ago for $20 million. Sunland once had high hopes for the project it dubbed Grace on Coronation, with 555 apartments and a striking Zaha Hadid design.

Colliers International agents Adam Rubie and Brendan Hogan brokered the Coronation site, as well as a separate site at 20 Archer Street that Sunland sold for $4 million to a local private developer.

”Both of these sites garnered exceptional interest from developers focused on riverfront, owner-occupier opportunities. We received more than 150 inquiries with eight offers to purchase,” Mr Rubie said.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast developer Craig Perry has officially put the 5225sq m beachfront Mykonos site – an aggregation of 31 titles – at Surfers Paradise up for sale.

Mr Perry initially marketed a larger parcel of 8400sq m but had no takers and has slimmed it down to meet the market. The site features a 58sq m beach frontage, with agents CBRE and McVay Real Estate optimistic of getting more than $90 million.

 

 

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Ambarvale diver, 10, has eyes on 2032 Olympics

 

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By Jess Layt

25 March 2021

He might be only 10 years of age, but Rhys McEvoy already has his eyes on the prize.

The Ambarvale resident has his heart set on wearing the green and gold on home soil if Brisbane's bid to host the 2032 Olympics is successful.

The young diver, a member of the Campbelltown-based South West Sydney Academy of Sport and the NSW Institute of Sport diving squad, recently qualified for the Elite Junior National Championships in both the five-metre and three-metre springboard disciplines.

He's also hoping to back up and qualify for the one-metre springboard discipline as well.

 Rhys started his diving career in 2018 after making the transition from gymnastics, where he was a member of the NSW High Performance Centre.

He was offered a place in the NSW Institute of Sport's National Talent Program, where he was trained under Olympic coaches Kevin Chavez and 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist Melissa Wu.

The youngster said he was a big fan of Wu, who was only 16 when she won her medal.

"I look up to Melissa, not just because she is my coach, but because she is one of the world's best female divers," Rhys said.

"She is very encouraging and always positive, which makes training fun even though it is hard work."

Next cab off the rank for Rhys is the NSW PSSA Championships later this month, followed by the Elite Junior Nationals in July.

But it's 2032 that really has the young diver excited. Rhys will be 21 years old, and hopes to take home an gold medal in Australia.

"I would like to go to the Olympics in Brisbane in 2032, because it is close to my family and friends, so they will be able to come and watch," he said.

"There will be lots of Australians cheering for me.

"I think by 2032 I will at least have mastered the world's hardest dive [the front four-and-a-half pike], off the 10 metres, and also the three metres.

"After I go to the Olympics I want to be a Red Bull Cliff Diver, and then maybe I will become a chef."

Brisbane's bid to host the 2032 summer Olympics has got the backing of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who told the IOC all levels of government were firmly behind the candidacy.

Four athletes from the South West Sydney Academy of Sport represented Australia in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

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Brisbane Olympics in 2032 as good as done

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By Murray Wenzel

FEBRUARY 25 2021 - 2:25PM

Australian Olympic chief John Coates says Brisbane's bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games is as good as a done deal after it was awarded exclusive negotiation rights.

The Olympics and Paralympics are set to return to Australia after Brisbane, and the state of Queensland, was installed as the preferred bidder for the event by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at an executive meeting.

Numerous other cities including Budapest, Istanbul and Doha had previously flagged interest in hosting the 2032 Games.

But the Australian bid has long been considered the favourite and is now the sole candidate as part of a new decision-making system designed to avoid cities unlikely of winning the rights wasting money on their bids.

Brisbane now has to go through some formalities before the IOC makes a host city announcement, possibly before Tokyo's rescheduled Games begin in July. 

"It was a long night ... but a very mature decision from the IOC," said Coates, who stepped out of the virtual meeting for more than two hours while the Brisbane bid was discussed early on Thursday morning.

"The IOC now deal exclusively with us while we complete the questionnaire.

"The other cities who have shown interest have been parked ... it's significant recognition.

"It will go to a vote and we've got to get 50 per cent plus one - I'll be able to get those numbers."

Brisbane, if negotiations conclude successfully, would be the third Australian city to host the Games after Melbourne had the honour in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Coates, who is also IOC vice-president, said staging the Olympics would essentially cost Queensland nothing despite it carrying a $4.5 billion price tag.

The IOC is promising at least $2.5 billion to cover the Games' operations with further costs covered by sponsorships and ticket sales.

About 90 per cent of the proposed venues already exist, with new or upgraded facilities planned to coincide with the growth of Queensland over the next 11 years.

A feasibility study in February proposed a 50,000-capacity Brisbane Olympic Stadium for ceremonies and athletics, as well as a 15,000-seat Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre to host basketball and a 15,000-seat Brisbane Arena for swimming and water polo as the three major wish list items.

These sports could be hosted at existing venues though as organisers remain conscious of avoiding "white elephants" seen in countries like Brazil and Greece, once an Olympics has been held.

The Gold Coast, fresh off staging the Commonwealth Games in 2018, and Sunshine Coast would also act as event and village hubs, while soccer games could be held in stadiums across regional Queensland as well as at the Sydney Football Stadium and Melbourne's AAMI Park.

A report in February forecast the south-east Queensland bid would deliver a $36 billion windfall for the state.

IOC president Thomas Bach said Brisbane "proposes sustainable Games in line with the region's long-term strategy and using primarily existing and temporary venues".

Bach said the decision to make Brisbane its preferred partner "was not a decision against anybody".

"The commitment of Australia and Oceania to Olympic sports has grown remarkably since the fantastic Olympic Games Sydney 2000," he said.

"This is why we see such strong public support.

"We decided to seize an opportunity to take to the next stage our discussions about returning 32 years later."

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‘It’s such exciting news’: 11-year-old world record holder has 2032 Brisbane Olympics in her sights

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By Tom Decent
February 25, 2021 — 7.30pm

Sydney student Mia Guillergan is the fastest 11-year-old girl in history over 5000 metres. She loves running and dreams of competing at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

 

While there has been no official confirmation, Brisbane’s hopes of hosting an Olympics and Paralympic Games in 11 years’ time received a huge boost on Thursday with the International Olympic Committee confirming it would enter into exclusive discussions with organisers of a “very advanced” south-east Queensland bid.

The IOC has accepted the recommendation of its Future Hosts Commission to install Brisbane as a non-binding preferred candidate.

Young athletes all over the country can now pin their hopes on representing Australia at a home Olympics for the first time since Sydney 2000, if Brisbane gets the green light.

While there is a long time between now and 2032, Guillergan is already dreaming big.

At a running event in September in Sydney, Guillergan blitzed the field to record a time of 17 minutes and 41.03 seconds in a five-kilometre race. In doing so, she broke a 33-year-old world record for the under-11s, held by Kathy Kiernan of the United States.

But rather than let the extra attention go to her head, Guillergan, who also wants to play football for the Matildas one day, is just getting on with being a year 6 student.

The Queenwood School for Girls student found out on Thursday about Brisbane potentially being awarded hosting rights.

“It’s such exciting news,” she said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our country, our generation and aspiring athletes to keep pursuing their goals and making it to the Olympics.

“I love the feeling after finishing a good run. It keeps my mind free and I just love being active and being involved in such a close community. I also love the feeling of getting across the line and knowing in my heart I have tried my best.”

While Guillergan has a little way to go before knocking off the women’s 5000-metre world record of 14:06.62, held by Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, she has time on her side. But supportive parents, Anabel and Michael, are putting no pressure on their daughter.

Scanning through the junior world record list for the 5000m and another Australian name pops up.

Eloise Wellings (formerly Poppett) still holds the under-16 world record. She ran a time of 15:18.6 in Sydney in 1999.

Like Guillergan, Wellings had childhood ambitions of representing Australia at the Sydney Olympics but a stress fracture ruled her out of those Games. She had an excellent career thereafter, capped by a ninth place finish in the 5000m final at the Rio Olympics.

Wellings hadn’t attempted a 5000m race at Guillergan’s age but said she could be a star of the future.

“I hadn’t heard of Mia but, wow, she’s a massive talent,” Wellings told the Herald. “I will definitely be cheering Mia on as she navigates the highs and lows of running.

“Really hoping that Brisbane get the Olympics. It will be such a thrill for junior athletes like Mia to aspire to a home games.

“Sydney was a massive motivation, knowing the games were basically going to be in my backyard was a huge dangling carrot for me when I was a teenager.”

Guillergan’s father, Michael, also has high hopes and said her training with Jack McPhee from the Sydney Athletics Academy was paying dividends.

“Nothing could beat competition at your home Olympics and winning a medal,” Michael said. “Cathy Freeman’s win in the Sydney Olympics, I still watch that and can’t believe it.

“She’s [Mia] mentally strong and she really enjoys it.

“When she was eight years old she did her first cross country run and she did well at school, then she moved up to the inter-school level and did OK. Then the school said she was a good runner, so she started training more.

“From when she joined Jack, she’s just grown exponentially. Last year she won state cross country and short-course cross country, because that was the highest level they had last year with COVID-19 [restrictions]. She really enjoys the longer distance running.”

If Brisbane were to host the Olympics, it would become the third Australian city to do so after Melbourne (1956) and Sydney (2000).

A decision on whether Brisbane is successful in its bid could come as early as July.

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‘It would mean the world’: Table tennis prodigy dreams of home Olympics in 2032

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By Anthony Colangelo

February 25, 2021 — 7.08pm

Table tennis prodigy Connie Psihogios remembers dreams of representing Australia on the world stage playing in her head while watching her sport at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“I was like ‘gosh, wow, I wish I was there’,” 12-year-old Connie says on Thursday, a little over a year after she narrowly missed selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Those dreams were sparked for Connie all over again earlier that morning, when the International Olympic Committee named Brisbane as the city it was talking to in “exclusive” discussions to host the 2032 Olympics.

“It made me feel really happy and just really excited,” Connie, who plays at the Dandenong Table Tennis Centre in Melbourne’s south-east says. “I hope so if I train really hard, I think I can make it.”

Connie will be 24 by the time the 2032 games roll around, in what should be her athletic prime.

Although it’s highly likely it won’t be here first taste of the Olympics, with Paris set to host 2024 and Los Angeles the winning bidder for 2028.

“I lost in the second stage,” Connie says of qualifying for Tokyo.

“It would mean the world to me [to play in front of family and friends at a Brisbane Olympics].”

Having started playing table tennis aged seven, she went up against much older and more experienced players at the Olympic qualifiers in early 2020, like 29-year-old Melissa Tapper.

Table Tennis Victoria chief executive Ritchie Hinton has previously described Connie’s performances as astonishing.

“For a girl who was only 10 at the time to even have the nerve to participate in an Olympic qualification tournament is truly remarkable,” Hinton says. “To then beat some of these players and progress to the final stage of qualification is nothing short of mind-boggling.”

Brisbane is the only bidder for the 2032 games, although Hungary, China, Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia were also working on potential bids.

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Brisbane, Qld to share Olympics: premier

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By Marty Silk

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised the entire state will share the glory and economic boost if Brisbane is awarded the 2032 Olympics.

The Games look set to return to Australia in 11 years time with Brisbane and Queensland installed as preferred bidder by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following an executive committee meeting.

Brisbane, if successful, would be the third Australian city to host the Games after Melbourne had the honour in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Ms Palaszczuk has promised the whole state will benefit.

She says she hasn't decided whether the bid will be styled as Brisbane 2032 or something wider such as Brisbane and southeast Queensland 2032.

"There's opportunities for Ispwich, for Logan, Redlands, Brisbane and of course the Gold Coast," Ms Palaszczuk told reporters.

"It was the fact that we held such a highly-successful Commonwealth Games that everyone started to talk ... about the potential of an Olympics because it was done so spectacularly."

She said the government was looking at a new purpose-built stadium in Brisbane but was open to using the existing one at Carrara on the Gold Coast.

The premier promised the regions won't be left out either, with some soccer matches already set for regional areas.

She's optimistic the Games will boost the Queensland's tourism profile as well.

"Of course all of the state will share in Olympic glory so we want to make sure this is inclusive in Queensland and that we all have a part of hisotry here," she said.

"To have Queensland and Brisbane firmly on the international map, think what that will do for our future, especially when the international borders by 2032 will definitelty be open."

She brushed off concerns about the state's ability to pay for the Games or whether it was a worthy investment.

Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland already had an infrastructure pipeline of $56 billion over the next four years, and she noted the 2018 Commonwealth Games venues were still being utilised by the community.

"If we can have a legacy that benefits everyone, I think it's going to hold the state in a really good position," she said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the decision was a vindication for South East Queensland Mayors.

The lobby group launched the Olympic campaign six years ago partly to boost state investment in transport infrastructure.

"It's amazing to hear the International Olympic Committee acknowledges South East Queensland has what it takes to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games," Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

"When we started this journey almost six years ago to the day, many people were sceptical. Now we're one step away from being named as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"Today is not the time however to get over-excited, there is still plenty of work to be done."

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AOC president John Coates says Brisbane Olympics would help COVID recovery

Australia’s Olympics guru says an Olympic Games in Brisbane in 2032 could be a vital part of Australia’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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By Jim Tucker

June 23, 2020 - 3:47PM

 

ESCALATING the 2032 Olympics bid can become a “critical part” of Queensland‘s economic recovery after pandemic priorities are dealt with, Olympics boss John Coates says.

Mr Coates said “jobs, economic growth and inspiring the health and wellbeing of all” from involvement in sport’s greatest showpiece was as important as it had ever been with Brisbane’s quest to host in 2032.

The Australian Olympic Committee president was on Tuesday offering those powerful words to launch the Parliamentary Friends of the Olympic Movement, a bipartisan forum with two Queensland politicians at the helm to keep rallying support.

Labor’s Federal Member for Moreton Graham Perrett shared the stance of co-chair Bert van Manen, the Liberal Member for Forde, that the “unity it brings through sport” was the Olympic movement’s enduring feature.

Billions of dollars within the flagging economy is not incidental either.

“I have always believed in making necessity a virtue … and there is a need for jobs and growth in the Queensland economy,” Mr Coates said of the ravages of COVID-19.

Mr Coates said not to be spooked by the $4.5 billion price tag for the Olympics.

“Don‘t be put off by the $4.5 billion cost … the International Olympic Committee has already committed $2.5 billion at least (as they have for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics) and the rest will be covered by national sponsorships and ticket sales,” he said.

Mr Perrett won the inaugural Zoom meeting of the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Olympic Day by revealing the boxing kangaroo mascot in his office had been playfully christened “Bert” so “we‘re always working together on 2032 for Australia”.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shrewdly put Brisbane‘s 2032 Olympics plan on pause in public over the past three months while fighting the COVID-19 scourge has been all-consuming just as Mr Coates has seen it that way.

“The three levels of Government we have as partners recognise that 2032, for an Olympics and Paralympics, can be a critical part of the state and national recovery,” Mr Coates said.

“We are in the continuous dialogue phase with the IOC.

“For Queensland, using existing and temporary sports venues is a principle of the venue masterplan and 85 per cent are existing while bringing forward new road and rail infrastructure is another.”

“When you tell us the moment is right we’ll resume and elevate discussions … and the decision (on the 2032 Olympics host) could be made as early as 2022 or 2023.

Rugby union’s Ballymore has been identified as a potential hockey and training venue for 2032 and is shovel-ready for redevelopment when the State Government matches the $15 million already pledged by the Federal Government.

The South East Queensland Council of Mayors 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’s Future SEQ campaign.

Ms Palaszczuk was won over by the billions of dollars that would pour into the state economy when she officially announced Queensland‘s bid for the 2032 Games in December and that was before the pandemic rocked jobs and the economic outlook that now both need a panacea.

“We often celebrate the gold, silver and bronze but the resilience we get from the struggle is the great lesson from the Olympics that permeates down through society,” Mr Perrett said.

“Encouraging health and wellbeing is very important with the diabetes tsunami coming.”

 

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The new case for staging the Olympics: an infrastructure legacy with no cost burden

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By John Coates

August 16, 2019 — 12.00am

 

Bringing the Olympic Games to Australia for the third time represents a very real and exciting opportunity for Australia and Queensland in particular.

 

Following the inaugural meeting of the 2032 Olympic Candidature Leadership Group in Cairns last week, now is a good time to address where we are up to in bringing this idea to reality.

Shane Wright, in his article “Olympics – What are they Good for?”, quite rightly asked questions about the cost of hosting the Games and their enduring value. It is essential that the community understands the proposition.

It is also important to look at past practice and outcomes to form a view about the risks and opportunity that an Australian candidature presents.

And there’s a game-changer. The International Olympic Committee has fundamentally transformed the way future Games should be staged – to ensure affordability while providing an enduring and sustainable legacy for the hosts.

As IOC president Thomas Bach has put it: “In the past, bidding for the Olympic Games was like applying for a franchise. We asked potential hosts how they would change their cities in order adapt them to the Olympic Games. Now we ask them, how we can adapt the Games to best fit the long-term needs of their city or region.”

The “new norm”, as the IOC calls it, dictates that the Olympic Games must adapt to the host city and not the other way around.

And to further reduce costs, changes approved by the IOC in June this year ensure the Games can be hosted by regions, not only cities. Priority must be given to the use of existing or temporary venues. The construction of new permanent venues shall only be considered on the basis of sustainable legacy plans. This includes for community and grassroots sport.

 

This creates additional impetus for the use of existing facilities across a broader geography, rather than unnecessarily building new venues within the confines of a particular city.

This is what makes the proposition for Queensland so attractive. At least 85 per cent of venues for a prospective 2032 Games already exist or are already scheduled for construction. In the cases of 

In the cases of Paris and Los Angeles, which will host the 2024 and 2028 Games respectively, the use of existing and temporary facilities sits at more than 90 per cent.

A Queensland Olympic Games in 2032 should be at least cost neutral, if not turn a surplus for the legacy of sport. With operational costs expected about $5.3 billion, based on the IOC contribution to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the IOC has indicated it would contribute a minimum $2.5 billion, with the remainder generated by sponsorship, tickets sales and the commercial program.

The most recent comprehensive study on Olympic Games’ costs, the Preuss Study, found for all 10 Games’ editions researched (between 2000 and 2018), the Organising Committee operating budget was covered by revenue, including the IOC contribution. The most recent Olympics, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, produced an operating surplus of $US55 million ($81 million).

For Queensland, there is the opportunity for long-term urban and infrastructure development for south-east Queensland – jobs and economic growth. Improved road and rail infrastructure linking the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is a pressing priority now and is not Games-driven. The report by Infrastructure Australia released this week points to the need for immediate action to reduce current and future congestion.

The 2032 Olympic Candidature Leadership Group, representing federal, state and local governments, and chaired by the Prime Minister, will now take the project forward.

John Coates is the president of the Australian Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brisbane ramps up bid for 2026 Gay Games with pitch to governing body

Brisbane’s bold bid for the Gay Games has gathered pace, with a pitch to showcase the event at some of the city’s most famous venues. SEE THE DETAILS

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By Jeremy Pierce tourism reporter

December 14, 2020 - 12:00AM

 

A packed Suncorp Stadium could host the opening ceremony and rugby matches as part of a bold Brisbane bid for the 2026 Gay Games.

After making a shortlist of eight finalists, the team behind Brisbane’s pitch have submitted a 100-page bid book to games organisers, ahead of a vote next month to name a final three for an event expected to attract 12,000 competitors and an additional 30,000 visitors.

With Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics back on after a COVID-induced slumber, organisers of the River City’s Gay Games tilt are ‘quietly confident’, but they face stiff competition from a field including Auckland, Toronto, San Diego, Munich, Valencia, Taipei and Guadalajara in Mexico.

The official program features more than 30 fully-fledged sports while organisers are hoping to stage rugby and even AFL as exhibition sports.

Competition would be centred in and around Brisbane, with Suncorp, the Gabba, Chandler swimming complex and the 1982 Commonwealth Games hub of the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre in the mix as potential venues along with more boutique facilities such as the University of Queensland.

The bid would be for an October event, when venues are not booked out by the football codes or cricket.

South Bank would be transformed into a ‘Games Central’ hub for parties and other entertainment, while the event would also host seminars and conferences on topics such as inclusivity in sport.

The event would also generate a financial windfall worth an estimated $150 million to the economy, based on modelling from previous incarnations of the games.

Brisbane bid chairman and founder Jason Davis said he believed the shot was a genuine chance.

“We would say we were quietly confident,” he said.

“There’s a lot of things that work in Brisbane’s favour and I believe getting the city’s Olympic bid going again will only help us.

“It’s an exciting time but also extremely nerve-racking.”

Brisbane Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the bid had the city’s full support.

“Brisbane is a fantastic city to host events and our success as an events city is progressing in leaps and bounds,” he said.

“We are set on being in the mix to host the 2032 Olympics and there’s a lot to do before then, including bidding to be the host city for other sporting events.

“I have given my full support to the Federation of Gay Games to hold their 12th iteration of the Gay Games in Brisbane in 2026.

“We will continue to bid to host this event and stand ready to support the games not only financially, but also by sharing our wonderful city with participants and spectators from all over the world.”

 

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Brutal heat in Australia by 2040 will change the shape of summer sport

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By Nick O'Malley

February 25, 2021 — 5.00am

 

Amy Steel’s professional netball career ended when she collapsed in the car park of a Shepparton sports stadium on a 39-degree day in March 2016 after she had played a full match and sat with teammates in an ice bath that never seemed quite cold enough.

She vaguely remembers passing out as she walked to the car after her pre-season game with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, and her treatment for heatstroke in a local hospital. It didn’t dawn on her for years that the heat injuries would be permanent, and that she’d never play sport at that elite level again.

She is now calling for sports organisations and athletes to prepare themselves for climate change, which is already disrupting play with smoke and heat, parched and hardened fields and stadiums battered by storm and flood.

According to a new Climate Council report, by 2040, summertime temperatures on hot days in Sydney and Melbourne will be approaching 50 degrees, making summer sport as it is played at present untenable.

“While 2010-2019 was the warmest decade over the past century, it is also likely to be the coolest decade of the century ahead,” says the report,Game Set and Match. It notes that 2019 was Australia’s warmest year on record, with 33 days that exceeded 39 degrees – more than the total number between 1960 and 2018.

“If global emissions continue to increase, Australian sports will have to make significant changes, such as playing summer games in the evening or switching schedules to spring and autumn,” the report says.

“Even if the Paris Agreement goal to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees is met, summer heatwaves in Sydney and Melbourne are likely to reach highs of 50 degrees by 2040. Major summer sporting events in Australia such as the Australian Tennis Open, the Tour Down Under cycle race, as well as summer sports such as cricket and soccer, will become unplayable in their current format.”

It notes that in January 2018 at the Sydney Ashes Test, England’s captain Joe Root was hospitalised as the temperature hit 41.9 degrees and, in December 2019, New Zealand cancelled part of a warm-up match in Melbourne because the temperature was forecast to reach 45 degrees.

At the elite level, heat has become a risk to crowds as well as players, it shows, with almost 1000 spectators at the 2014 Australian Open being treated for heat exhaustion.

Heat could have a significant impact on the organisation of the Olympic Games in Brisbane should that city be selected as host for 2032, said one of the report’s author’s, Climate Council lead researcher Dr Martin Rice.

“Queensland is one of the most vulnerable states in Australia to climate change and the impacts are only set to increase. We’ve already seen three mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef in just five years as well as rainforests burning during the Black Summer bushfires. By 2032, Brisbane is expected to experience more summer days above 35 degrees and more intense rainfall and flooding.

”From 2030, any city hosting the Olympics must ensure the Games are ‘climate positive’. This will be part of the host city’s contract with the IOC. It means the host must minimise both direct and indirect emissions, and compensate for any remaining emissions that cannot be avoided.” 

Several sports have introduced heat policies, many using the wet-bulb globe temperature (a formula that takes in the impact of the effect of temperature, humidity, wind speed and infrared radiation) as a guide.

The A-League will delay or postpone matches if the WBGT reaches 32 degrees, while at lower temperatures, it allows for drinks breaks during play.

At the Australian Open, play can be suspended because of heat and the roofs on show courts can be shut to protect players.

During longer matches there is the ability to implement 10- to 15-minute breaks for players before playing final sets.

Cricket Australia looks to start matches earlier or later when hot weather is predicted and allows for extra drinks breaks and has installed misting fans at some grounds for the crowds.

Ms Steel said that, while sporting codes and organisations would have to prepare for climate change, so should individual athletes at all levels of sport.

“I just want everyone to know that what happened to me was preventable, through education, through better adaptation and management.

“The climate change that is going to happen between now and 2030 is already locked in, so more and more frequently athletes will be exposed to this.

“It would be absolutely tragic for me to have not tried at least to build awareness, so that there’s less risk to the junior athletes that might be potentially walking out onto the field for what will be their last game.”

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Moving with the times: the Coast's mass transit project is on track for public feedback

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23 MARCH 2021

 

 
 
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From trackless trams to battery-powered buses, the Sunshine Coast community will soon have its say on a preferred public transport system of the future.

“Hundred of pages” of detailed analysis of the options for a mass transit system are on track to be released for public consultation, Sunshine Coast Council has confirmed.

Residents will soon be able to read about and give feedback on potential choices ranging from dedicated bus lanes to wireless light rail.

The council’s ‘Options Analysis’ paper is the second phase towards producing a detailed business case after the first phase – a strategic overview – was completed in 2019.

The council is pushing for a mass transit system from the Maroochydore CBD to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) as its priority transport project for the region, with the potential to expand to Caloundra and inland.

The Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project is considered more important than other ideas like passenger rail from Beerwah to the coastal strip (along the CAMCOS corridor) because it aims to improve traffic and lifestyle in the busiest parts of the Coast where most people live.

However the proposed project is already receiving some push back in the community from people who believe the council is pursuing light rail and who are concerned about becoming the Gold Coast.

The 13km first stage route, from Maroochydore to Kawana, is expected to become even busier as the population swells from 320,000 to 518,000 in the next 20 years, clogging up Nicklin Way and creating traffic chaos.

The council estimates this traffic congestion would cost about $1.4 billion a year.

Sunshine Coast Council has proposed a fast-moving form of public transport that draws masses of people out of their cars and cuts travel times as the way of the future.

Currently only three per cent of Sunshine Coast people use public transport and 85 per cent drive private cars.

Sunshine Coast Council urban growth program director James Coutts told sunshinecoastnews.com.au the Options Analysis report would be released in the next few weeks.

The options that have been explored include:

  • Quality bus corridor: high-frequency bus service running in dedicated lanes along the kerbside
  • Bus Rapid Transit: 25m-long battery-powered, rubber-tyre vehicles in a dedicated busway corridor, mostly in the centre of the road
  • Light Rail Transit: 45m-long rail vehicles on a dedicated trackway, mostly in the centre of the road
  • Trackless tram: 32m-long battery powered, rubber-tyre and multi-axle guided vehicles in a dedicated corridor, mostly in the centre of the road
  • WLRT: Wire-free light rail system identical to light rail but minus the overhead wires, with on-board batteries and charging equipment at select stations

The report also looks at cheaper alternatives to upgrade the existing public bus network and operations such as:

  • Enhancing new and existing routes with higher frequency, more direct routes and better connections
  • Upgrading bus infrastructure such as better shelters, adding sections of bus priority lanes and park ‘n’ ride facilities

Mr Coutts said there was a “perception” that the Sunshine Coast Council was pushing for light rail as its preferred option but that was not the case.

“Two to three years ago everyone (in governments) was fixated on light rail but now we have battery-powered buses and other options that have the capacity to carry people reliably that have emerged as serious propositions,” Mr Coutts said.

“Technology has given us a bigger suite of options and we are presenting all those. We haven’t selected one option.”

 

 

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What would hosting the 2032 Olympics mean for Brisbane?

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John Coates, former Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and current President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), strongly supports a bid from Brisbane to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

A feasibility study commissioned by South East Queensland Council of Mayors back in 2016, and investigated by French company Lagardere, concluded that South East Queensland was capable of hosting the event.

The study founded that upgrades are already needed in the south-east region, and an Olympics would provide an extra return on the projects. RACQ Chief Communications Officer Paul Turner said: “What I think the Olympics in 2032 actually does is give us a focus and a lightning rod to something we should be doing anyway”.

The report expressed concern at the commute times in the south-east region, specifically the commute from the Gold to the Sunshine Coast and the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Former Brisbane Lord Mayor and South-East Queensland Council of Mayors Chairman Graham Quirk told ABC Radio: “We cannot hold an Olympic Games if we don’t build the infrastructure to keep up with population growth. An Olympic Games would set a catalyst, a line in the sand as to when infrastructure needed to be built by.”

The report suggests that Brisbane would be host of 21 Olympic venues, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast would both host 5 venues and the remaining 7 would be hosted in the broader south-east region.

A new Olympic stadium would be required, complemented by stadiums across the region including Brisbane Stadium, Robina Stadium and Carrara Stadium, which would need upgrades in due course.

The cost would come at an estimated $900 million to tax payers – not inclusive of the billions of dollars needed for roads and public transport.

The report predicts that the Olympic Games would bring an additional 100,000 visitors to the region and 10,500 competing athletes.

Sydney still reaps the benefits from hosting the 2000 Olympic Games, proving a catalyst for Sydney hosting major events in years to come and bringing the world’s attention to the capabilities of Australian companies and individuals.

The Commonwealth Games hosted by the Gold Coast in 2018 brought renewed focus to the Gold Coast’s strong credential in all-things sports, acknowledged the cultural capabilities of the city, encouraged the completion of major transport projects and recemented the region on the global map.

If Brisbane chooses to bid as host city, they have until 2023 when the official bid is required. The International Olympic Committee won’t decide on the host city until 2025.

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HOW THE AFL COULD BENEFIT FROM QUEENSLAND HOSTING THE 2032 OLYMPICS

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BY LAURENCE ROSEN

 

Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane says a purpose-built new oval venue will have to be built in Brisbane for the 2032 Olympics, which will ultimately benefit the AFL in the longer term.

According to multiple reports, Queensland’s bid to host the Olympics in just over a decade is on the cusp of being named as the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) preferred candidate as early as Thursday.

On the back of Gold Coast hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cochrane says a state-of-the-art venue to replace the Gabba would have to be built, which the AFL could use once the Games are complete.

“The really good news from an AFL perspective is that Brisbane will have no choice but to build a new Olympics-sized stadium that will be an oval,” he said on Sportsday.

“And of course who would be the long-term beneficiary of using an oval and that would be the AFL. We desperately need a new, state-of-the-art oval shaped ground in the city of Brisbane.

“We’re right on the Gold Coast and pretty much everywhere else in Australia, but Brisbane could do with a new oval and obviously with the Olympic bid that will become front and centre.

“A 60 to 70,000 capacity stadium will have to be developed (for the Olympics).”

The rescheduled Tokyo Olympics are still scheduled to go ahead in July, while Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) have already been given hosting rights for the next two Games.

Click here for Sportsday - Tony Cochrane - Wednesday Februrary 2021

 

 

 

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AOC PRESIDENT DETAILS BRISBANE'S CHANCES OF LANDING THE 2032 OLYMPICS

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The President of the Australian Olympic Committee has shared details on Brisbane's chances of hosting the 2032 Olympic Games. 

When asked how close Brisbane is to securing the 2032 Olympics, AOC President John Coates responded positively.

“Well we’ve indicated to the International Olympic Committee that all the guarantees and undertakings required will not present a problem. So in that score 90%," Coates said on 1170 SEN Mornings.

“I’ve been at a few of these (presentations), we did it well.

Big names were there to help present Brisbane's case, including former gold medallist Cathy Freeman, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Richard Colbeck.

“Cathy Freeman led with the acknowledgement and told of all the parts in Queensland where she grew up and learnt to run," Coates added.

“We did a good presentation and other cities did, but there was enough in that feasibilities which we have progressively been giving them since 2015, which gave them the confidence for the recommendation.

“These are big decisions, the other cities wanted to be left in the race, but we made a very big point that Queensland and Brisbane needed to get the go ahead now so that we could capitalise on the federal government for the infrastructure required around your road and rail.

“The IOC is running with us on the basis that we will be doing this with existing or temporary facilities."

Despite South-East Queensland's existing facilities, Coates confirmed the potential for construction of a new Olympic stadium.

“85-90% of all the venues are already there," he added.

“Anything new that has to be built that is required, will be built before the games.

“We can hold the track and field on the Gold Coast where they held the Commonwealth games.

“There might be a decision to put another stadium in Queensland but that has to be for other reasons.

“The games aren’t going to cost in terms of sports infrastructure and the games pay for themselves in terms of operational costs.”

Click here to listen to John Coates’ full chat with Matt White

 

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Some IOC Members warn about awarding games too far ahead

 

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18 March 2021

Brisbane moved to “targeted dialogue” as the first project to meet feasibility criteria

• This doesn’t mean a host has been elected now

• If targeted dialogue is unsuccessful, “continuous dialogue” with Brisbane and other interested parties could resume

• New approach to selecting hosts enables long term strategic outlook

• Expert advice is to "seize solid existing opportunities" due to impact of Covid crisis

• No double award with 2036 due to uncertain outlook beyond 2032

The IOC progressed Brisbane to the “targeted dialogue” stage of candidature for the 2032 Olympic Games following “expert advice” to “seize solid existing opportunities and secure the future” – but planning even further ahead is not recommended by IOC Members addressing the 137th IOC Session.

IOC Member Kristin Kloster Aasen, Chair of the Future Hosts Commission for the Summer Games addressed the question of whether to consider a double award for 2032 and 2036, akin to the dual awarding of Paris and Los Angeles.

“The 2024 and 2028 double award was a very different situation for many reasons, not least because it was an election 11 years ahead, while 2036 would represent 15 years before the Games,” she said.

“In addition the Olympic Games will evolve tremendously during this period. The Games are a reflection of society and there is going to be an evolution in national and individual priorities on sustainability, human development and other topics.

“The UN Sustainable Development Goals are expected to be concluded by the early 2030s and there will certainly be new, more ambitious objectives with which the Olympic movement will want to align. 

“The Games should also reflect the fast-evolving sports landscape. In addition there can also be many changes to the political landscape over such a long period, which adds to the uncertainty.”

IOC Member and Austrian Olympic Committee President Karl Stoss also highlighted the importance of keeping future Games bids open to other prospective hosts.

“It is great to have a long perspective of our host cities and regions,” he said. “With 2032 Brisbane and Queensland we have a long-term strategy about our hosts of our [Summer Olympic] Games after Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles and hopefully Brisbane Australia," he said.

“But it is also our responsibility, and from the perspective of good governance and fairness, not to go too far in the future, because there may be some other interested parties and cities and regions.

“We have a good choice if we do it for 2032, but in the mind of good governance and fairness for all – maybe all other interested cities and regions – we have not to go too far in the future.”

The IOC elected in January 2019 to take a new dialogue-based approach to selecting Olympic hosts.

“The non-committal and confidential nature of the approach, with no financial commitment, benefits both interested parties and the IOC,” said Kloster Aasen.

“It has encouraged interested parties to come to the table to test ideas and concepts and explore a vision or a potential for hosting future games or ask for information.”

The process begins with a phase known as “continuous dialogue”.

“Since there is no submission required in continuous dialogue, as opposed to the past, interested parties spend very little money and benefit from up to date information and expertise from the IOC at no cost to them. They can test plans and assumptions without public debate and see how to best align their Olympic planning with their own development plans for their communities.

“This flexibility also benefits the Olympic movement to have a long-term strategic outlook across editions of the Games.”

Through the new procedure, a candidate’s hosting plan is moved from continuous dialogue to targeted dialogue when it meets certain criteria, as has now happened with Brisbane.

“It became clear that one project, and only one project met all the opportunities we have seen in the public feasibility assessment, and that project was Brisbane.

“Moving to a targeted dialogue means that we are moving a project to a second stage for a detailed development and assessment.... [it] does not mean that we are electing an Olympic host now.

“Once a preferred host has been selected for a particular edition of the games, no other interested party can enter into targeted dialogue for the same Games, unless the first targeted dialogue has been unsuccessfully concluded.”

Brisbane will now develop its plans in more detail.

“If Brisbane delivers, the Executive Board would be in a position to put Brisbane 2032 forward to the Session to a vote. If not, despite best efforts by both parties, the IOC and Brisbane, the Executive Board could advise the Future Host Commission to go back to continuous dialogue with Brisbane and other interested parties.”

 

Global economic repercussions

The impact of Covid 19 has been felt by National Olympic Committees and interested parties in continuous dialogue. “Many projects were put on hold while governments were concentrating on protecting the health of their cities and trying to shore up their economies,” Kloster Aasen said.

And the impact will be felt for years to come. “Once the health crisis is over, it is going to have global economic repercussions. The world economy is going through an unprecedented crisis. The current health crisis will have wider global consequences especially with respect to the labour market and the risk of increased inequality.

“While the impact of the crisis can be witnessed now, experts forecast that the world economy is likely to be most impacted over the next 5 years, during the period when we would have expected to elect a host for 2032 under the previous candidature system.

“The expert advice that we have been given is that we should seize solid existing opportunities and secure the future for a next generation of athletes who are facing an uncertain future.”

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