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in my day job i'm a lawyer and in the past ive dealt with domain name disputes. i can tell you know auDA will roll over and turn over any .com.au domains with a quick lawyers letter, especilly when someone has 200 domains. one company i acted for had the aussie distribution rights for a productm and someone registed <producttrademark>.com.au with a competing product on it - AuDA assigned that to us within 10 days

Very interesting indeed, thanks for sharing. It looks like some of the key domain names were signed up in 2015 by the govt/bidding team as well. Those other parties thinking they can make a quick buck from ‘selling’ a domain nane, better think again.

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Thank goodness, these decisions are not made based on blogging comments on  whatever media platform. Three indicators show clearly that a majority of Queenslanders support the Olympics coming to

theres already a ton of infrastructure going in anyway - Cross River Rail, Brisbane Metro, Queens Wharf for starters. This is stuff we already need and was being done. The good thing about my city hos

As a Brisbane based politics nut even i struggle to see where this is going. Sure the north and west traditionally vote conservative, but it;s the city seats where the election is won, and given whats


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STALLS ON $20 MILLION COMMITMENT FOR SUNSHINE COAST STADIUM EXPANSION PROJECT

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FEBRUARY 16, 2021
 

Sunshine Coast Council is facing the prospect of having to halt its plan to upgrade the Sunshine Coast Stadium having failed to secure a $20 million commitment from the Federal Government in the upcoming May Budget.

The $68 million Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion project (Stage 1) is being funded by a pledge of $11 million from local philanthropists Rod Forrester and Roy Thompson, $17 million from Sunshine Coast Council and a $20 million commitment from the Queensland Government, provided the Federal Government matched it.

However, despite the efforts of local Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, his office has confirmed that the required funds will not be available in the May Budget.

In a statement, Sunshine Coast Council, Mayor Mark Jamieson expressed his disappointment, advising “obviously, we are incredibly disappointed at the decision by the Federal Government not to provide $20 million in its forthcoming Budget in May to contribute to the $68 million stage 1 expansion of the Sunshine Coast Stadium.

“As a stimulus project, the Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion ticks all the boxes. More than 300 jobs would have been created during construction and over $25 million in ongoing annual economic benefits for the region.

“The Stage 1 expansion of the Stadium had all of the other pieces of the puzzle in place … and there would have to be no other project in the nation in this position, with such a strong commitment from local and state governments and significant funds from private contributors.

“So needless to say, it is perplexing why the Federal Government can’t see its way clear to contribute the remaining $20 million through its next budget – particularly when the Commonwealth has seen its way clear to contribute $15 million to the redevelopment of Ballymore in Brisbane and $23 million towards a stadium at Victoria Park in Rockhampton.

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“This is also on the back of the $100 million the Federal Government contributed in recent years to the (Queensland Country Bank) Stadium in Townsville.

“What this means is that work on the Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion will not commence later this year, as originally planned, and the project will be pushed back until such time as the $20 million funding gap is filled.

“Clearly, that will add to the cost of the project the longer it is deferred and may potentially place at risk the contributions from the two philanthropists and the (Queensland) Government if they do not agree to maintain their funding commitments on a deferred basis.

“Council will continue to work with the Federal Government and the Member for Fisher to convince them of the need for this project, the strong local support it enjoys and to secure the required $20 million.

“Council is not in a position to be contributing the $20 million itself to cover the funding gap left by the Federal Government’s decision not to fund the project in this year’s Budget. Council has already outlaid on behalf of ratepayers, up to $50 million towards the development and maintenance of the Sunshine Coast Stadium complex to create the venue that it is today.”

With the Federal Government not contributing to the project, Roy Thompson has threatened to pull his $10 million funding pledge, telling the Sunshine Coast Daily “it's going to cost us big time because we're going to lose it.”

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Paddle Australia:

Adventure and Recreation Vision is linked to the Brisbane 2032 Games proposal

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March 29, 2021

 

Paddle Australia welcomes the Birkdale Community Precinct community engagement process released by Redland City Council

Situated less than 25km from Brisbane CBD, the 61-hectare Birkdale precinct includes significant historical property and space for many exciting lifestyle projects which will create jobs, boost the local economy and bring forward important transport infrastructure. The broader Birkdale Community Precinct is a possible location for the proposed Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct with ample land for such a facility to be accompanied by other uses without having to impact the site’s important environmental and cultural values.

Paddle Australia CEO, Phil Jones, said:

“The proposed precinct development includes an adventure and recreation theme with a very exciting aquatic centre of excellence sport and community project that we fully support. The community engagement process comes at a time when there is talk of a Brisbane 2032 Games including the opportunity for a canoe slalom venue on the Redlands Coast, which we believe would be a great outcome for the sport and the Games. But, most importantly, we see the value of the proposed development as a sustainable community facility.”

Former Redlands resident, Olympic medallist and Paddle Australia Board member, Andrew Trim, said:

“It’s amazing to think that 25 years ago I trained for the Atlanta Olympics on Tingalpa Creek, next to what could now become a game changer for the Redlands Coast. Overall, the Birkdale Community Precinct has so much to offer the community and with the inclusion of an adventure precinct, it would be a great boost for the sport, emergency services and leisure users.”

To help generate ideas, Redland City Council has identified five key themes to inform the community engagement:

Education and Discovery
Environment and Ecology
Adventure and Recreation
Heritage and History
Agriculture and Rural Tradition.

A regional community engagement process is underway and will run through to Tuesday 4 May 2021. It will include a regional advertising and media campaign, online engagement through Redland City Council’s Your Say website, onsite community days from Friday 16 to 17 April 2021, pop ups, and more.

Potential Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced Brisbane as preferred host for the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Redland City Council, with the Council of Mayors (SEQ), remains committed to an Olympic and Paralympic Games that accelerates investment in critical infrastructure for the south-east and leaves a lasting legacy for Redlands Coast, Queensland and Australia.

The Redland Whitewater Centre has been included in the full IOC feasibility assessment for Brisbane 2032 as a potential event venue.

Slalom Venues Build Olympic Legacy

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2032 OLYMPICS THE TARGET FOR BOWLS

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BY VAL FEBBO

Bowls Australia’s (BA) CEO Neil Dalrymple has put forward his case why the sport of bowls should feature at the 2032 Olympic Games, if Brisbane are selected as the host city.

The Queensland capital has emerged as a front runner to host the event in eleven years’ time, following on from this year’s delayed games in Tokyo, Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.

Each host nation is entitled to propose the inclusion of new temporary sports to the Olympic programme for their event, with Japan electing for baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing, which were approved by the International Olympic Committee.

Considering the strong ties that bowls has with the state of Queensland and the nation more broadly, Dalrymple is confident that it would be the perfect entry point for the sport into an Olympic Games.

“As a host country, bowls is intrinsically linked to Australian society and the bonus is that we are blessed to have exceptional  facilities, especially in Queensland,” Dalrymple said.

“[For the Paralympics] bowls as a sport can be modified very easily to allow people with different disabilities to play it.

“Bowls features strongly in the Commonwealth Games, as a core sport, has a thriving para-sport component, and has made strong inroads in participation by non-Commonwealth nations, particularly the Asian and Southeast Asian regions in recent times.”

Selection will not come easy, with other sports such as cricket, squash and netball also vying for their own place at sport’s showpiece event, but bowls has its advantages.

It is a rapidly growing sport in the regions of China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, while the volume of participation continues to increase globally, none more so than in Australia, making it more than just a Commonwealth discipline.

The thriving participation and spectatorship in Queensland for events such as the Australian Open and Bowls Premier League have cemented the popularity of the sport, while the hosting of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and impending World Bowls Championships have bolstered its credentials on the global arena.

The sport has never been more primed to compete under the five famous rings, and should Brisbane be selected as an Olympic host city, a debut in one of bowls’ true heartlands would mark the most monumental occasion in its history.

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PSA: Brisbane Could Be Bringing the Olympics Back to Australia in 2032

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By Marie Gooley  ·  Feb 25, 2021

 

Time to start training.

After an announcement made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it’s looking like Brisbane could be the host of the 2032 Olympic Games.

Essentially, the committee has decided that Brisbane is the most preferred location for the games.

But before you start packing your bags 11 years in advance, please note that it’s not quite confirmed yet. It just means that the City of Brisbane can now negotiate the terms of hosting the game with the committee.

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"According to the clear report of the Future Host Commission, the Brisbane 2032 project is fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020 and the new recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020+5," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

"It proposes sustainable Games in line with the region’s long-term strategy and using primarily existing and temporary venues.

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

Why Brisbane? Well, the motivation to go with the city is actually down to a few reasons, as the IOC outlines.

 

Firstly, according to the IOC, Brisbane has a pretty advanced Games concept in which they can use 80 to 90 per cent of already existing or temporary venues.

Brisbane has also already discussed a 'venue masterplan' with the International Sports Federations and the International Paralympic Committee.

As we know, Oz has awesome weather conditions. In particular, Brisbane has decent climate conditions between July and August, and the city also has a high level of experience in hosting major international sporting events.

Because we did such a good job hosting in Sydney back in 2000, Australia is considered a top-notch place to hold the Olympics.

Brisbane also has a heap of existing transport infrastructure, traffic management and hotel accommodation that can meet the high demands of a potential Olympic games.

There is also massive support from the City of Brisbane, the Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors, the State of Queensland, the federal government and the public and private sector.

Finally, Australia has received high scores in the human development indices, so much so that they’re on track to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

So, while we're not yet confirmed to host the games, we do have a pretty good case against other candidate cities.

In particular, Brisbane is up against Doha (Qatar), Budapest (Hungary) and potentially North and South Korea.

Now that Australia has its foot in the door, the IOC will move on to some more targeted discussions, and then final negotiations before an exact city is officially announced. This will likely take about a year.

If Brissy wins the title, it will become the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for QLD.

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Mayor: Bundaberg ideal for Olympics

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By Megan Dean

24 February 2021
  Mayor Jack Dempsey said the region would be an ideal Olympic venue for rowing, triathlon and sailing.

The Bundaberg Region’s Olympic bid has received a boost with Mayor Jack Dempsey welcoming news Queensland has been endorsed as preferred candidate for the 2032 games.

The Mayor said Bundaberg was well placed to benefit if the bid is officially approved.

“It’s fantastic that Queensland has taken a big step towards hosting the 2032 Olympic Games after reports that our state has been identified as the preferred candidate,” he said.

“If the International Olympic Committee’s executive board accepts the recommendation, Queensland’s bid which was lodged in September 2019 by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, will see events held across the state.

“I’ve previously met with former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, to put forward the Bundaberg Region’s credentials as a training base and to host events.

“I certainly believe we’d provide an ideal venue for rowing, triathlon and sailing.

“A new regional aquatic centre would also enable swimming teams to train at Bundaberg in the lead-up to the Games.”

Mayor Dempsey said allowing the Bundaberg Region to play a role in a Queensland 2032 Olympic Games would support the community through its COVID recovery while also providing inspiration and opportunities for local sportspeople.

“This is a very exciting prospect for our community, especially young sportspeople, and I’ll continue to advocate for Bundaberg to be front and centre on the international sporting stage in 2032.”

In July 2019, Mayor Dempsey said he supported Queensland’s 2032 Olympic bid while highlighting the region’s suitability to play a role in the games.

“Government funds could easily be invested in Olympic infrastructure projects in the Bundaberg Region to stimulate jobs and regional development,” he said at the time.

“By thinking bigger than just the South East corner of the state we could see some real economic drivers for the Bundaberg Region.

“Surely, with the many strengths our region features, Bundaberg is a logical option to contribute to a Queensland Olympic bid.”

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Brisbane Sets Its Sights On 2032 Olympic Games

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After hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Queensland government claims 80 per cent of venues required for the Olympics are already built. - by Jess Campbell

25 FEB 2021

As the world counts down with bated breath to the beginning of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, Australia has its eyes firmly planted on the future - namely, hosting a third Olympics. Brisbane has since been named as the International Olympic Committee’s “preferred partner” to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032. 

After meeting on Wednesday to discuss future plans concerning the Olympic Games, the IOC’s executive board approved a recommendation from the newly formed commission in charge of future hosts to proceed a “targeted dialogue” with south-east Queensland bid officials. Under this new selection process, this approval already has many questioning if a third Olympic Games could be on the cards, with many believing Brisbane will simply follow in the footsteps of Melbourne and Sydney in becoming an Olympic host city. 

As The Guardian reports, IOC president Thomas Bach said the IOC’s executive board has unanimously approved the recommendation of the bid, which has the support of the federal and state governments. But, as the Australian Olympic Committee president, John Coates, said, there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure Brisbane meets requirements expected of all potential candidates. 

“This is an important next step in an ongoing dialogue with the Future Host Commission,” said Coates. “We are very clear that we must continue to work hard in outlining our vision for a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.”

 

If you can think back to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, it’s likely you’ll recall just how remarkable the experience of hosting an Olympic Games was, with no pesky time difference to interrupt your live-viewing preferences, and tickets to the events all the more easy to acquire. It’s hardly surprising then that the Australian Sports Commission chair, Josephine Sukkar, has spoken about just how important this opportunity could be for Australia. 

“For the young boys and girls now enjoying their sport and dreaming of representing their country, this is an announcement that makes the possibility of a home Games more accessible and real,” Sukkar said. “A home Games would be a driver for increased sport participation too.”

Given that the Gold Coast hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games, much of the infrastructure is already in place; the state government even claims that 80 per cent of the venues are already built. While a main athletes stadium might have to be built from scratch, it still puts Brisbane in good standing, making the potential just that much closer to becoming a reality and what a beacon of hope on the horizon that would be for all of us Aussies. 

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Future Games

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In 2019, the IOC mapped out new rules that would require future bidders for Olympic host city to win a referendum at home before entering the race.

That move aimed to cut back on expensive bidding races and prevent wasteful “white-elephant” projects that cost a fortune to build but serve little purpose in the long run.

For instance, Beijing’s famous “Bird’s Nest” stadium, built for the 2008 Games at a cost of $460 million, is not widely used today.

The rule changes may also pave the way for smaller cities to join the bidding for host city, Lee said.

The IOC’s choice of Brisbane, provincial capital of Australia’s Queensland, as “preferred host” for the 2032 Summer Games, shows the direction of the Olympics has already shifted, according to Lee.

Lee said the IOC picked Brisbane because the city had already hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games jointly with the Gold Coast, also in Queensland. “This means that Brisbane does not have to build new sporting facilities and athlete villages. This would make the Olympic Games in Brisbane a more sustainable choice than any other candidate cities for the 2032 Olympics,” Lee said.

Additionally, Australia is one of the few Covid-safe nations in the world now, and this situation may have added a more competitive edge to Brisbane’s Olympic campaign, he said.

Back near Tokyo, Kajiwara, the nurse, said last year she applied for a lottery, which covered 10 sports such as basketball, soccer, rhythmic gymnastics and track. She got a coveted ticket to watch the men’s 100-meter final. She just hopes she can still go.

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2032 Olympic Games bid sparks bid for legacy infrastructure projects from Sunshine Coast MP Ted O’Brien

A regional convention centre and a heavy rail link to Brisbane are two legacy projects Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien is targeting with a successful Olympic bid.

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By Scott Sawyer

March 31, 2021 - 5:00AM

A regional convention centre in the heart of the new Maroochydore CBD and a heavy rail link to Brisbane are two legacy projects Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien is targeting with a successful Olympic bid.

Mr O’Brien, the Prime Minister’s representative on the Australian Olympic delegation, said he wanted to leverage a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games bid to deliver infrastructure that would “get ahead of our population growth”.

He said the Games provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to “break the mould” and get ahead of the population curve with infrastructure in the region.

“No one wants white elephants,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said any infrastructure built had to be on a “no regrets basis”.

“It’s not about two weeks of sport it’s about two decades of legacy,” Mr O’Brien said.


He said two transformational projects he wanted to see delivered were a fast rail from Brisbane connecting to the Maroochydore CBD along the Camcos corridor and a convention centre in the new city centre.

Feasibility assessment documents recently released by the International Olympic Committee showed a vision for the Sunshine Coast which included a convention centre in the Maroochydore CBD which could host basketball preliminaries and a media centre.

Mr O’Brien said the Olympics represented the best chance to unlock funding for the major projects.

His vision was for a facility in the CBD to host the basketball matches which would then “morph into” a larger convention centre once the Games were finished.

“Second only to a fast rail network, there could be no greater legacy than a convention centre in our CBD,” he said.

“It would become the centrepiece for the CBD.

“Now is the time for us to think big.”

He said the region had to be prepared to be bold on the route to hosting an Olympic Games otherwise it would never unleash the “true capacity” of the Coast.

“I think our growth trajectory justifies the investment,” Mr O’Brien said.

Walker Corporation’s Maroochydore city centre project director Murray McCarthy said the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid had the “potential to stimulate incredible business and investment opportunities for Maroochydore and the whole Sunshine Coast region”.

Walker Corporation is excited to be council’s development partner in the Maroochydore city centre project,” Mr McCarthy said.

“We support the drive and ambition being shown by all levels of government to secure the hosting rights for the Games and recognise the opportunity that a successful hosting proposal will provide in terms of the delivery of necessary public transport infrastructure and other facilities to the Maroochydore city centre and the Sunshine Coast.”

Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce president Brendan Bathersby said a major convention centre would be a signature development in the new CBD but added he felt the delivery of heavy rail all the way into the new city centre was the “most important thing at the moment”.

 

 

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30 minutes ago, AustralianFan said:

In 2019, the IOC mapped out new rules that would require future bidders for Olympic host city to win a referendum at home before entering the race.

I must have missed our referendum. 

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2032 Olympic bid could finally solve one of Gympie’s biggest ongoing issues

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Scott Kovacevic

March 4, 2021 - 11:30AM

The possibility of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity means it’s time for state and local leaders to stop firing blanks on this 30-year-old issue.

 

For almost 30 years the region's shooting enthusiasts have watched council and state leaders continue to fire blanks on a proposed state-of-the-art regional range.

Cost and location have long been the biggest problems raised as to why the project never went anywhere, but it appears a solution could be on the horizon. 

Queensland's fight to host the 2032 Olympic Games was once viewed as a shot in the dark; now we're celebrating Yosemite Sam-style thanks to the southeast being declared the "preferred partner" for the big event. 

This could be the perfect storm. 

It's no secret if successful the State Government will be throwing around a lot of cash, Gympie happens to be an hour and 45 minutes up the road from the capital, and a lot of people here apparently like shooting. 

 According to Ron Owen - who I've a hunch may know a thing or two about firearms - 18,000 shooters are licensed in this region alone. 

But it turns out Gympie is far from unique in this.

There were 390 competitive shooters from 97 countries in shooting events at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 

The big guns were China (22 athletes), America (20) and Russia (19) - which makes sense given you've got here a country with 1.4 billion-strong talent pool, another where the young are taught to shoot from conception, and one with a place called Siberia where you can fire away without fear of hitting anything other than political prisoners. 

Fourth highest on that list? 

Australia. 

That's right; the country with some of the world's strictest gun laws sent 18 shooters to compete on the world's greatest stage.

Makes you wonder how big the talent pool was they were pulled from, right? There's got to be a lot of people at a lot of shooting clubs. 

Then there's the question of how many of those potential future Australian representatives are living in the region right now? 

Perhaps the question then is - do we prefer them to stay here and chase their dreams, or leave them with little option but to move? 

And we haven't even tackled the economic potential of having a world-class training facility on our doorstep. 

This could be the goose ready to lay the perfect golden egg - a chance to build a state-of-the-art shooting range somewhere in the region on the back a State Government spending splurge. 

It would be stupid if the only shot our leaders ultimately take at this goose is the one that kills it.

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4 hours ago, ulu said:

I must have missed our referendum. 

Yes true, I don’t recall a referendum but the IOC probably took the recent landslide win by the pro-Olympics government in the Queensland State Election as a referendum on the Bid.  The anti-Olympics party winning only 1 seat.  

In addition, only 5,003 of 2.174 million people signed the anti-Olympics petition run by the same minority party.

 

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Why QLD as preferred 2032 Olympic candidate benefits Mackay

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Heidi Petith and Peter Gleeson

February 25, 2021 - 11:30AM

 

The Queensland capital was named the preferred candidate by the International Olympic Committee that studied proposals from several nations. 

IOC president Thomas Bach made the announcement at a press conference in Switzerland on Thursday morning. 

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the region was ready to take advantage of the influx in sports tourism with ample accommodation and infrastructure ready to host pre-event training. 

"We have a minimum of 300 days of clear training weather a year and a proven track record of hosting state and national level events," Cr Williamson said 

"In 2021, skateboarding is being added as an Olympic sport and mountain biking is now an established Olympic cycling category.

"Our region constructed a competition skating facility in 2018, Sugar Bowl Mackay, which already attracts national and international competitors. 

"As for mountain biking, council is currently finalising land acquisitions for the Pioneer Valley Mountain Bike Trails, which will deliver 100km of international-standard mountain bike track across 11 individual trails.

"On top of that, we also have Rowallan Park close to town, which has had significant upgrades in recent years and now hosts international-class mountain biking events."

Cr Williamson said the Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex was built to Olympic-standard and had been very favourably reviewed by Olympic swimmers from St Peter's Western Swim Club. 

"The ARC's athletic facilities are also of international-standard," he said. 

"It has a synthetic track with a nine-lane front straight, eight-lane 400m track and eight-lane back straight, plus all of the other track and field facilities for throwing events and long, high and triple jump." 

And he said the region had invested considerably in shooting and BMX facilities and the major sporting stadiums were regularly upgraded.

"Our BB Print Stadium Mackay hosted international rugby games last year and our McDonald's Mackay Multi-Sports Stadium hosted the Opals basketball team for Commonwealth Games training and also offers excellent netball facilities," he said. 

"We will be working closely with the State Government and local sporting clubs as 2032 draws closer to maximise the benefit these games will have for our region."

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the government was in ongoing dialogue with the IOC. 

Mrs Gilbert said the games presented exciting economic and cultural opportunities for the Mackay Whitsundays region. 

"Attracting domestic and international visitors would be a boon for local businesses and our economy," Mrs Gilbert said. 

"It would also give locals the opportunity to witness elite athletes compete at the highest level of their sport which could spur on our future local sporting stars. 

"The statewide approach to hosting the Olympic Games could deliver a 20-year opportunity for all of Queensland, supporting up to 130,000 direct jobs, billions-of-dollars in overnight international visitor expenditure and economic benefit for businesses around the state."

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Whitewater Olympic venue pits Redland against Logan

The battle between two neighbouring councils for the right to host an Olympic whitewater event in 2032 has ramped up a notch. 

Credit: The Courier Mail

 

By Judith Kerr

April 1, 2021 - 3:30PM
 

The fight between two rival neighbouring councils over where to build an Olympic-standard whitewater sports precinct has stepped up a notch.

Logan and Redland city councils have both aired plans to build a water adventure park which could be used if Queensland won the right to host the 2032 Olympics.

Both have started feasibility studies into such a venture but only Redland is listed as a site for a new 8000-capacity canoe slalom venue in bid documents revealed last month.

Brisbane’s bid document listed the possibility of seven new venues being built but with the potential to cut that back to just two new venues. 

An artist impression of the Birkdale site.
An artist impression of the Birkdale site.

A new 15,000-capacity Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre would be built to host basketball games and a 10,000-capacity gymnastics arena at Chandler Indoor Sports Centre.

The Brisbane bid document said the state already had 85 per cent of the venues. 

There are no Logan venues in the 39 listed in the Brisbane bid document.

Redland City Council held a behind-closed-doors meeting on Thursday to discuss its plans to possibly build the canoe slalom venue if Brisbane won its bid.

The council is believed to have voted in favour of support the hosting of the Games and entering a Delivery Partner Guarantee Deed.


The Birkdale site on Old Cleveland Rd.
The Birkdale site on Old Cleveland Rd.

Expectations were that sites at Birkdale and Redland Bay were part of the Redland brief, along with basic logistic details including a broad outline of contractual stipulations from Olympics organisers.

Redand mayor Karen Williams said the council had agreed to the required contractual framework to be a Games venue.

Cr Williams said there was still a lot to work through but Redland was a major contender for a whitewater venue for Olympic canoe slalom events.

“Being a Games partner has the potential to deliver significant legacies for our community and today’s decision is an exciting step towards locking in the Games and the many benefits they will bring our city and region,” she said.

“Redland City Council is committed to delivering a water-based venue that creates a lasting community legacy, regardless of an Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Cr Williams said.

Redland councillor Paul Bishop said details of contracts had to remain confidential under guidelines stipulated by Olympics organisers.

However, he said he had advocated for any final decisions to be made after community consultation.

Redland council has asked for residents’ opinions on “a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to transform 62 hectares on Old Cleveland Road East, for a water park and adventure sports.

Other suggestions included using the site, which the council lists was 10-times the size of The Gabba, for walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, educational or heritage activities.

The Birkdale precinct will be open to the public for two days this month before any decision is made on whether it is a suitable site for an Olympics canoe slalom venue.

Today’s meeting followed a tussle with Logan for the right to stage the event and build the park.

Logan City Council fell short of saying it would work with Redland council on a joint venue.

the Greenbank site.
the Greenbank site.

However, it did say, after the Redland meeting, it would continue to work with the Queensland Government and South East Queensland Council of Mayors on the 2032 Olympic Games bid. 

“A decision is yet to be made around any site as an Olympic whitewater facility,” Logan council said.

In February, Logan mayor Darren Power indicated that Logan would play a role providing infrastructure and accommodation.

Preliminary plans for the Logan venue, which is not listed in the Brisbane bid.
Preliminary plans for the Logan venue, which is not listed in the Brisbane bid.

“This could be an absolute game-changer for our city, our state and the nation,” Cr Power said.

“Council has invested significant time, effort and money into a positive outcome for our city.

“We have a long way to go but remain confident that Logan is on the Olympic map.

“When you consider the $3.3 million Doug Larsen Park world-class BMX freestyle facility at Beenleigh, our progressed plans for an Outdoor Adventure and Whitewater Park facility in Greenbank, and a specialist indoor sports venue linking rail and transport, we are well and truly in the box seat to play a key role in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Logan plans to build its outdoor adventure and whitewater park at Greenbank.

It would also include a specialist indoor sports venue with rail and transport links.

Planning for the Logan adventure park started in 2016 and a pre-feasibility study and business case have been completed with those studies shared with the 2032 Task force and Queensland Treasury.

BRISBANE VENUES

Athletics, Ceremonies – Brisbane Olympic Stadium (new, 50,000 capacity). (Alternative venues: Metricon Stadium, Gabba)

Swimming, Water Polo – Brisbane Arena (new, 15,000). (Alternative venue: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre)

Diving, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo – Brisbane Aquatic Centre (existing, 4,300). 

Archery – South Bank Culture Forecourt (temporary, 4,000).

Basketball – Brisbane Indoor Sports Centre (new, 15,000).

3x3 Basketball – South Bank Piazza (existing, 4,500).

Track Cycling, BMX racing – Anna Meares Velodrome (existing, 5,000)

Freestyle BMX, Cross Country Equestrian – Victoria Park (temporary, 5,000/25,000)

Equestrian – Brisbane Showgrounds (existing, 15,000)

Football, Rugby Sevens – Suncorp Stadium (existing, 52,500)

Gymnastics – Chandler Indoor Sports Centre (new, 10,000)

Hockey – Ballymore (upgrade, 10,000). (Alternative venue: Gold Coast Hockey Centre)

Shooting – Brisbane International Shooting Centre (existing, 2,000)

Table Tennis, Fencing, taekwondo, Badminton – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,500)

Boxing – Nissan Arena (existing, 6,000)

Slalom Canoe – Redland Whitewater Centre (new, 8,000). (Alternative venue: Penrith Whitewater Stadium, NSW)

Handball – Brisbane Entertainment Centre (existing, 11,000)

Modern pentathlon – Ipswich Stadium (upgrade, 20,000)

Rowing, Sprint Canoe – Larapinta Flatwater Centre (new, 14,000). (Alternative venue: Sydney International Regatta Centre, NSW)

Sailing – Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (existing, 10,000)

Tennis – Queensland Tennis Centre (existing, 6,000)

GOLD COAST VENUES

Beach Volleyball – Broadbeach Park Stadium (temporary, 12,000)

Golf – Royal Pines Resort (existing, 15,000)

Judo, Wrestling – Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (existing, 7,500)

Triathlon, Marathon Swim – Broadwater Parklands (temporary 5,000)

Volleyball – Coomera Indoor Sports Centre (existing, 11,000)

Weightlifting – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (existing, 6,000)

SUNSHINE COAST VENUES

Basketball (pool games) – Sunshine Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre (new, 6,000)

Road Cycling, Race Walking, Kiteboarding – Alexandra Headland (temporary, 5,000)

Mountain Biking – Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Park (existing, 10,000)

OTHER VENUES

Keelboat Sailing – Whitsunday Islands (existing, 2,000)

Football Preliminaries –

Ipswich Stadium (upgrade, 20,000)

Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast (existing, 27,400)

Sunshine Coast Stadium (upgrade, 16,500) 

Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba (upgrade, TBC)

Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville (existing, 25,000)

Barlow Park, Cairns (upgrade, TBC)

Sydney Football Stadium (under construction, 45,000)

AAMI Park, Melbourne (existing, 30,050)

 
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ASTN STAGES LAUNCH EVENT FOR QUEENSLAND SPORTS INNOVATION NETWORK

Credit: Australasian Leisure Management

March 30, 2021

The Victorian-based Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN) has announced the launch of the Queensland Sports Innovation Network.

Revealed at an event in Brisbane earlier this month, the initiative, being led by ASTN Board member and Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook, coincides with Queensland’s 2032 Future of Sports innovation agenda (linked to Brisbane’s Olympics bid) and the Queensland Government’s plan to host the 2032 Games.

The launch event saw Cook and John Coates, the President of the Australian Olympic Committee and Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, deliver keynote presentations, with Coates addressing issues relating to sport, the Olympics and technology.

Subsequently, the ASTN has met with stakeholders from across the landscape for sport, stadiums, technology, events, broadcast, trade and investment and the 2032 Queensland Summer Olympics host city candidacy. 

Linked with this, the Australian Sports Innovation Week - including Australian Sports Technology Conference - will be hosted from 2021-2023 in Gold Coast

ASTN advise “Queensland is the second largest region for ASTN memberships and with over 75 sports innovation companies (has the) potential to rapidly grow in the decade ahead in 2032.”

 

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PENRITH WHITEWATER CENTRE TO HOST 2025 ICF CANOE SLALOM AND EXTREME CANOE SLALOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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MARCH 29, 2021

Penrith Whitewater Centre to host 2025 ICF canoe slalom and extreme canoe slalom world championships
MARCH 29, 2021

Paddle Australia has announced that it has been successful with its bid to host the 2025  International Canoe Federation (ICF) canoe slalom and extreme canoe slalom world championships at the Penrith Whitewater Centre.

The NSO sees that the holding the event at the course built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics will continue the tradition of former Olympic venues building on their Games experience.

Next year Augsburg in Germany, venue for canoe slalom at the 1972 Olympics, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of those Games by hosting the 2022 ICF world championships, while London’s Lee Valley will host the 2023 world titles.

La Seu in Spain, venue for the canoe slalom competition at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, hosted the 2019 ICF world championships, while the Rio 2016 venue hosted the 2018 ICF world titles.

Explaining the value of Olympic legacies, ICF Canoe Slalom Committee Chairman, Jean Michel Prono stated “it’s fantastic to see the positive impact our sport is having on communities who have hosted canoe slalom at an Olympic Games, especially so many years after the event.

“It’s almost 50 years since Munich, nearly three decades since Barcelona, and it will soon be 25 years since Sydney, and all three venues are still going strong and providing wonderful opportunities for the community.

“I am sure it will provide great encouragement for future Olympic hosts, to see the potential impact a facility like this can have. It’s also interesting that countries which have hosted canoe slalom at an Olympics, are regularly producing top-level athletes.”

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With the Penrith Whitewater Stadium having hosted the 2005 ICF World Championships, and the 2014 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships, Paddle Australia Chief Executive, Phil Jones, said hosting the 2025 world titles will provide a great boost for the sport, especially ahead of a possible 2032 Olympics in Brisbane.

Jones advised “hosting the event in Penrith is all about the rejuvenation of an Olympic legacy while bringing together the paddling community and sharing our sport with the general public.

“Sydney 2000 gave the city a world class whitewater facility.  Our vision is for the 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships to be held at an upgraded venue meeting new world standards within a leisure precinct which can be enjoyed by everyone.

“This event will inspire a new generation of competitors, much as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games canoe and kayak competition inspired some of the biggest names in our sport today, including Australian Olympian and silver medallist Jessica Fox.”

Paddle Australia has plans to revamp the stadium, with support from the Australian and NSW Governments, and the Penrith City Council.

Noting that landing the 2025 world championships was another proud moment for the city, Penrith

Mayor, Karen McKeown added “a successful world championships will promote our city, be valuable to our tourism economy and give our community access to a world class event.”

The ICF board has this month also announced the Paris 2024 canoe slalom and extreme canoe slalom venue will host an ICF world cup event in 2023.

Images: The canoe slalom course at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium (top) and the course in use during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Athletics Queensland Track and Field State Titles: Schoolgirl dreams of 2032 Olympics

One of Queensland’s most promising track athlete has dared to dream of the 2032 Olympic Games almost certainly bound for Brisbane.

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By Andrew Dawson

March 12, 2021 - 9:50AM
 

When you live almost within the shadows of the proposed 2032 Olympic Games stadium at Albion like Isabella Harte, it is hard not to dream about possibly competing at a home Games.

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ Schools middle distance athlete will be aged 26 and in her running prime when the Games come around.

She lives so close to the proposed stadium at Albion, the lights of the dog track currently on the site beam brightly across her neighbourhood.

“You’d be able to see the lights of the stadium (from out our window),’’ she smiled.

The national 16 years 3000m and 4km cross country 16 years champion, said she thinks about competing at a Brisbane Olympics “all the time’’.

“When it is local, it is more imaginable,’’ Harte said. “It is something that kids would think ‘it is just down the road and I could race there’. 

“And you’d never think Brisbane, out of all the cities’s in Australia, could be chosen. That was a shock hearing that.’’

Harte and many other young athletes around her age and younger will now have atwinkle in their eyes about the possibility of a Brisbane Olympics.

Harte just loves running. 

early last year she created Queensland athletics history last night when she became the first 14-year-old to win the state 3000m under 20 and open championship race.

Then in 2019 she was the both the 1500m and 3000m national champion in her age group.

The state titles start today and will continue until Monday.

 

 
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Go for Gold

Credit: The Monocle Minute

9 March 2021

By NIC MONISSE

 

In recent years, commentators and community groups in potential Olympic Games host cities have successfully lobbied against holding the event. Citizen activism in Boston and Berlin, for instance, defeated both cities’ plans to stage the world’s biggest sports tournament. Such scepticism about the costs and benefits of hosting means that Queenslanders are now preparing for a fight after the International Olympic Committee selected Brisbane as its “preferred partner” for the 2032 Games.

But the naysayers' often cost-driven criticisms shouldn’t be bought into. Sure, some cities have botched it over the years – Athens and Rio both spent significant sums building white elephants – but many have been left in better shape. Take Seoul, where the Han River got a major clean-up in 1988, and Vancouver, which since 2010 has a transit line that connects downtown, its airport, and a host of neighbourhoods in between. The formula for success is straightforward enough: focus on improving infrastructure that needs a fix and fast track what’s already planned, rather than building anew. Brisbane is already tapping into this approach: almost all sports will take place in existing venues in the city and in nearby regions including Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast (pictured). The state government claims that 80 per cent of venues are already built. The funding will instead focus on planned infrastructure projects – including, finally, the city’s metro. 

From an Australian’s perspective (albeit one from Perth, where parochial attitudes mean that hosting even the Commonwealth Games would be ambitious), having the Olympics at home would be great to see. And perhaps Brisbane could transform its reputation as a big tropical country town into a global force, or at least a city with global-standard infrastructure. For pessimists who complain that the Olympics are expensive: so are the big infrastructure spends that can make a city better. Pegging these to the games is a surefire way to fast-track them.

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2032 Olympics likely to go to Australia

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Normally, we wouldn’t know who will host the 2032 Olympics until five years from now, but based on a report from Inside the Games which is the top media source dedicated exclusively to Olympic sports coverage, that decision is being made right now. In 2017 the IOC shattered all previous precedent by awarding the 2028 Olympics to the United States. Normally, that decision would have been made in 2022, on six years notice, and via a bidding process.

What the IOC did was to award Los Angeles an Olympic Games on 11 years notice and without a bidding process. The 2032 Olympics are 11 years away and the IOC appears to be on the verge of doing it again. And we know which city it will be:

Brisbane, Australia

Before you book your hotels I must stress this is unofficial, but it Inside the Games is calling it “all-but certain.” The only remaining obstacle is local politics and whether Australians react negatively to the news and pressure officials into withdrawing the country from hosting the Olympics. The IOC appears to be adamant that its top choice, and only choice is Australia. The decision is likely to become official shortly before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

It makes sense that the IOC likes Australia. The IOC prefers cycling through continents, and per the cycle, it is Australia’s “turn.”

2016: South America
2021: Asia
2024: Europe
2028: North America
2032:

If the IOC were to award 2032 to Australia, it would complete the exact same cycle which occurred from 1988-2000

1988: Asia
1992: Europe
1996: North America
2000: Australia

So why is all of this happening now?

In 2015 the IOC found its Olympic bidding process engulfed in crisis after the 2022 Olympics came down to just two cities, Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China. Neither were ideal choices. For the IOC, the bidding process had fallen apart and the IOC needed to find a new way to secure host cities and never again find itself being forced to pick between two cities it didn’t want.

While the bidding process has recovered in recent years and held up surprisingly well for the 2026 Olympics, the damage was done. The IOC had already experimented with new ways to award the Summer Olympics and it appears the IOC has had so much success in that endeavor, they aren’t turning back.

When the IOC has three strong candidates bidding on a single Olympics, what it accomplishes is secure a single city, but burn bridges with two additional cities in the process and discourage those cities from bidding again. The bidding process also racks up millions of dollars in wasted costs as five different potential host cities design logos, design stadiums, and conduct things like traffic studies, and for four of them, it will all be done in vain.

If the IOC has a strong candidate in mind, why put four other cities though an expensive bidding process that was essentially over before it even began? If the IOC has three strong candidates which are all interested in hosting a Summer Olympics, why waste two of them and be forced to start over in the following Olympic quad, when the IOC can simply distribute all three of them evenly across the next three Olympics?

At least for the Summer Olympics, the era of open bidding may very well be dead.

Entering the 2000s, sports organizations such as the IOC and FIFA were under pressure to open up their major events to less developed countries. As many saw it, there was racial bias and general unfairness in a bidding process that rich and predominately white countries won on nearly every occasion.

This caused the sports world to experience a wave of major sporting events going to less developed countries. Brazil hosted the World Cup (2014) and Olympics (2016). South Africa (2010) and Qatar (2022) were given World Cups, while China was given Olympic Games in 2008 and 2022. The pivot to less developed countries was once championed as moral, but then reality set in.

While these events accomplished the goal of promoting better inclusion for poor countries and non-white countries, it accomplished something else. These sporting events became textbook examples of wealthy countries exploiting poor countries. Massive construction projects were going to countries where workers were subjected to low pay and dangerous working conditions. Facilities were being built with weak regulatory oversight and questions being raised as to how they addressed topics such as pollution and impact on the local population.

Billions of dollars were being poured into countries to build luxurious sports stadiums while those very same countries had crippling problems and could better use those funds to reduce poverty, build schools, and roads. Even worse, less developed countries have higher rates of corruption and these billion dollar construction projects were vulnerable to money being syphoned off via corruption.

But the most pressing concern was these high profile sporting events were now being used to support and empower regimes with human rights violations. The 2022 Qatar World Cup has a reported 6,500 worker deathsand some have alleged they are using de facto slavery to build their stadiums. Meanwhile the 2022 Olympics are being held in a country that is currently engaged in genocide.

For the IOC, there has never been a more pressing need to find Olympic host cities in countries with Western democracy and strong concentrations of wealth. This is occurring at precisely the same time the IOC is starting to rethink how it awards cities.

For Brisbane, they and Australia may very well get an Olympics out of it.

 

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

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By Graham Dunbar The Associated Press

Thu., Feb. 25, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE OLD WAY TO WIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NEW PROCESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIMING AND STABILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

IOC SECURITY

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

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

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

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

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

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Brisbane 2032:

Lake Wyraralong’s 

10-Lane Rowing Course

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Who knew?

Credit: C1 Realty

By Danny Bukowski

I was chatting to a colleague last week and talk got around to South East Qld’s possible multi – city bid for the 2032 Olympic Games. Whilst discussing the impact hosting an Olympics would have on Brisbane and surrounding areas, the conversation turned to Lake Wyaralong. I was not aware that Lake Wyaralong is purportedly one of only two venues in the world to have a 10 – lane, 2000m international – standard rowing course.

The lake already hosts major regattas – with the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association weekly winter competition concluding with the annual Head of the River last weekend.  These events bring large numbers of families to the area every weekend.

Should SE Qld be successful in its Olympics bid, one would imagine Lake Wyaralong to be an obvious choice of venue for rowing and water – based events. This would deliver enormous benefits to our local community and what a way to showcase our beautiful Scenic Rim to the world. Fingers crossed.

– Danny Bukowski

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

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

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

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

How will Brisbane benefit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will it lead to a property boom?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Koulizos

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

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

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

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

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

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IOC Gives Brisbane, Australia, Inside Track for 2032 Olympic Summer Games

The Queensland city will be the only one in dialogue to potentially host

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Brisbane, Australia, has received the inside track to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games as the International Olympic Committee has named the region its preferred choice to continue dialogue on a hosting agreement. A final decision would still need to come from the IOC in a timeframe that has not yet been determined, but the recommendation from a commission studying potential bids received unanimous approval from the IOC Executive Board.

From here, the IOC will engage in further discussion exclusively with Brisbane in the hopes of establishing the framework of a host agreement. If those talks break down, the IOC would then approach the other destinations that expressed interest in hosting. Others that had reportedly expressed interest in hosting included Doha, Qatar; Rhine-Ruhr, Germany; Jakarta, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; and Chengdu and Chongqing, China.

Kristen Kloster Aasen, chairwoman of the IOC’s Future Host Commission, said Brisbane’s bid was forwarded because it included the most advance Games concept, called largely for existing venues to be used, provided favorable weather conditions in July or August and aligned with the region’s strategic goals of improving its transportation infrastructure and economic growth. The city also already meets the needed hotel inventory and had support from local, state and federal governments, she said.

“The Future Host Commission will now start a targeted dialogue with the Brisbane 2032 committee and will report back to (IOC) executive board in due course,” she said.

The move is the latest in a revamped bidding process that is designed to prevent the escalating costs for bid cities seeking to host the Games. By turning the process into more of a dialogue, the IOC is hoping bid cities will be less likely to wage campaigns against their competitors and to gain widespread support from their communities before proceeding with their plans. It also is designed to eliminate the notion that any city has “lost” its bid proposal. The IOC has further expressed a hope that the new process will make the bids more efficient and reduce the costs of high-paid consultants that have typically helped specific bids cross the finish line.

“These were the reasons why we said we have to change this procedure,” IOC President Thomas Bach said. “We had to follow other examples from the business world or other sports event organizers where you avoid this kind of situation where one candidate is attacking the other.”

But the new procedure does not come without controversy. What had been an open process in the past, with different stages of winnowing the competition, is now largely closed. By creating two commissions that will engage with potential hosts of either summer or winter Games, the IOC has reduced the number of people who hold the power to recommend a city move forward in the process. And with John Coates, longtime president of the Australian Olympic Committee, serving as vice president of the executive board, there have also been questions raised about whether he had any influence on the Brisbane bid being forwarded for further dialogue. Coates does not serve on either host Future Host Commission.

“Mr. Coates has not taken part in any kind of discussion of the IOC executive board concerning the reports of the Future Host Commission or related directly or indirectly to the Olympic Games 2032,” Bach said.

Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games and has hosted other major international sports events. In its bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city has proposed hosting most events in a cluster of 14 venues in Brisbane, with the Gold Coast hosting events at six venues and the Sunshine Coast hosting other events at four venues. The city is proposing building seven new venues for the Games, with the potential to reduce that number to two.

If approved, it would be the third Australian city to host the Olympics after Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne in 1956.

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