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Brisbane is in the box seat in a one horse race to host the 2032 Summer Olympics
"And the winner for the right to host the Games of the 35th Olympiad is … Brisbane!"
Almost. Nearly.
Right now, it is a one-horse race but anything, or something, might happen; unlikely though.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated Brisbane's bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games "Preferred Bid Status" meaning it is the only one of numerous bid cities that has progressed to the next phase called "targeted dialogue".
It will be followed by "final negotiations", and then the rubber-stamping exercise of declaring Brisbane the winner will happen at an IOC session as early as the Tokyo Olympics in July, although with COVID restrictions it may be later in the year.
IOC president Thomas Bach said discussions, in the early hours of the morning Australian time, were "intensive".
In the end though, there was no doubt.
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Virtual Tours for the Queensland 2032 Olympics

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Jan 6, 2020



With the decision to go ahead with a bid for the 2032 Olympics, there are destined to be exciting (and no doubt challenging) times ahead for Brisbane, Queensland and in fact the whole of Australia… but the focus now is how best to prepare and deliver a “winning” bid to secure the Olympics.

This post examines some of the amazing ways that 360° Imagery (Photos and Video) and Virtual Tours could be used to help showcase Queensland as the ideal location for the 2032 Summer Olympics.

Virtual Tours to Showcase Olympics ?

Virtual Tours provide a fantastic way to “show the world” what Brisbane has to offer for the 2032 Olympics – not just as a part of the bid process itself, but also in the lead-up to and (assuming we win the bid) during the Olympics themselves. 

The types of things that Virtual Tours (and 360° photos/videos in general) could be used for as a part of the Qld 2032 Olympics include :

  • Public Support & Awareness – a Virtual Tour offers an interactive experience which provides much more “emotional” involvement that can be achieved by photos or video alone. Using Virtual Tours to showcase existing and potential venues is a great way to get the community excited. 
  • The 20302 Olympics Bid – Virtual Tours can be used as a part of the bid process, to demonstrate to Olympic Committee judges how much infrastructure Brisbane and SEQ alreadyhave in place, and provide an excellent spatial awareness (through Aerial 360° panospheres and interactive maps) of the physical location and capabilities of existing and potential venues. Virtual Tours are also one of the best ways to show judges the wealth of other activities and tourism destinations available to potential Olympic visitors  
    (e.g. Brisbane Jacarandas).
  • Venue/Activity Showcase – Virtual Tours offer an interactive “taste” of exactly what our venues have to offer – both as a part of the bid process and as a guide to visitors during the Olympics
    (e.g. Curiocity).
  • Aerial 360° – Aerial Virtual Tours provide a unique navigation capability which allows visitors to “experience” a range of different events/activities/locations across a large geographic area. This would be ideal way to showcase the Qld 2032 Olympics 
    (e.g. Hervey Bay Esplanade)
  • The 2032 Olympics – assuming the we win the 2032 bid, Virtual Tours would provide a unique, interactive and innovative way for visitors, athletes and all participants to not only pre-visit the different venues, but also get a taste of many of the other tourism activities Queensland has to offer. 

Virtual Tours have the potential to offer a “WOW” factor which provides Olympic Committee Judges, Athletes and potential visitors to QLD a real “taste” of a South East Queensland Olympic Experience.

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Brisbane in 2032 Olympics hot seat: Annastacia Palaszczuk

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By Marty Silk AAP
Thu, 25 February 2021 9:39AM

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is excited Brisbane is in the hot seat for the 2032 Olympics but warns there’s still much to do to secure the event.

The Games are set to return to Australia in eight years time after Brisbane and Queensland were installed as preferred bidder by the International Olympic Committee following an executive committee meeting.

Brisbane, if negotiations conclude successfully and an IOC Session then extends its approval, would be the third Australian city to host the Games after Melbourne had the honour in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Ms Palaszczuk is excited about the prospect of hosting the event and the trickle down benefits for economic growth and tourism.

“We are definitely there in the hot seat and we’ve got a lot of work to do but there’s been a lot of work that’s gone in in the last couple of years and I think this gives everyone something to hope and aim for,” she told Nine’s Today program on Thursday.

“As part of our economic recovery it’s going to be 130,000 jobs, it’s just fantastic news.”

A Queensland government spokesperson told AAP Brisbane was an attractive option for the IOC because southeast Queensland already had sporting infrastructure in place from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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.

  Flag bearer Bradley Ness leads Team Australia during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Flag bearer Bradley Ness leads Team Australia during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

“It’s amazing to hear the International Olympic Committee acknowledges South East Queensland has what it takes to host an Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he 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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Redland City supports Olympic Games

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Redland City Council News

Redland City supports Olympic Games

April 1, 2021

Redland City Council has formally committed to being part of a 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games proposal.

At a special meeting today, Councillors agreed to enter into the required contractual framework to offer Redlands Coast’s support as a Games venue and Games Partner.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the agreements, which will also be considered by other South-East Queensland councils, were vital for Brisbane to progress its Olympic proposal after being announced as ‘preferred host’ for Targeted Dialogue on February 24.

“This decision allows Brisbane as preferred host to formally show they have our commitment to support the Games through the use of venues and public services,” Cr Williams said.

“We have been on this journey with Brisbane and other South-East Queensland councils from the beginning because we see a potential Olympics and Paralympic Games as a catalyst to deliver the infrastructure, including public transport infrastructure, our community needs.

“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.”

Cr Williams said that while there was still a lot to work through, bringing the Olympics and Paralympics to the region would provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity, with a Redlands Coast white-water centre included as a potential venue for Olympic canoe slalom events.

“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.

“We want to create a Redlands Coast Adventure Sports Precinct which includes a regional aquatic centre with adventure sports, water play equipment and an Olympic-standard white-water course.

“The course could be an ideal venue for canoe slalom events for a 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, as well as being able to be used for other international, national and state competitions and emergency services training.

“It would also deliver important benefits in a post-COVID economy, with economic studies suggesting it could potentially create 152 jobs and contribute $52 million annually to the local economy while helping to deliver much-needed transport infrastructure.

“The Games would provide a rare and exciting opportunity to deliver something that enhances community lifestyle and recreational opportunities.

“A sustainable legacy must be part of any Olympics proposal and this certainly aces that requirement.”

Cr Williams said potential sites for a future Redlands Coast white-water centre were still to be determined.

“Council’s commitment to a Brisbane Games bid recognises the enormous potential for Redlands Coast and its residents, particularly in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to recover from the crisis,” Cr Williams said.

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‘If by 2032 Developing The North is more than just a slogan we should see Olympic events up in the north’: Case for $300m stadiumm growing stronger

THE case for a $300m multipurpose stadium to be built on the fringe of the Darwin CBD has become stronger after Brisbane was announced to a preferred location for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to Hospitality NT

Credit: Herald Sun

By Gary Shipway

March 3, 2021 - 1:30AM

HOSPITALITY NT chief executive Alex Bruce says the case for a $300m multipurpose stadium to be built on the fringe of the Darwin CBD has become stronger with the announcement that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games “Preferred Bid Status”.

“If by 2032 Developing The North is more than just a slogan we should see Olympic events up in the north,” Mr Bruce said.

“But without action, and a signature stadium capable of hosting events, we are likely to see hockey and soccer matches played in Cairns and Townsville whilst Darwin ­remains in the tropical cold. 

“Last year’s Dreamtime AFL game broadcast messaging out of the Territory to a broad Australian audience – the most positive for a long time. We should be ­leveraging that and, with a signature stadium, be capable of hosting large sporting events that attract domestic and international fans. Key AFL clashes, English Premier League teams with large Australian followings that would plan a trip to the top end around seeing their stars Down Under. 

Stuart Totham, Nigel Browne and Sean Bowden at the proposed Stadium site on McMinn St. Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL
Stuart Totham, Nigel Browne and Sean Bowden at the proposed Stadium site on McMinn St. Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL

Such a stadium hosting key events would fire hospitality into the next gear and improve the year-round offering for locals to enjoy. 

“I know some think it’s a pipe dream, but 10 years to build a $300m stadium that could host Olympic hockey and soccer matches is something to look at. As awesome as the Sydney Olympics were in 2000 – by 2032 we should be saying Developing the North means events up in North Australia not Sydney.

“There has been previous talk about Darwin’s ability to compete for the Commonwealth Games. A new city stadium would be a great opening ceremony showpiece in our magnificent dry season. And it is an event that we could share with a cities like Perth, Townsville or Cairns.” 

Mr Bruce said COVID-19 has changed the world in terms of travel.

“For the right events why couldn’t we market ourselves for domestic travellers to come up for a sports tourism product,” Mr Bruce said. 

“We get a great asset for sports tourism in the heart of the city and obviously hospitality gets a great kick along off the back of that. We have seen great international soccer teams come to Australia to play. If we can guarantee 25,000 seats sold, which we could, teams could come and do a Darwin match on their way to Sydney or Melbourne. 

“There are so many positive benefits for Darwin and the Territory to come from this.

“Look, when you talk about iconic developments with benefit long into the future this city stadium stands out.”

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Paluszczuk: ‘A real buzz around Queensland’ amid 2032 Olympics bid

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has touted the opening of the Asia Pacific headquarters for global architectural design firm Populous in Brisbane as Queensland continues its bid to host the 2032 Olympics.

2 March 2021

Premier Anastacia Paluszczuk at Media Conference held at opening of ‘Populous’ in Brisbane:

“I want to talk about Populous.”

“Now timing  is everything they say. What a great day to be here and able to talk about the Asia Pacific headquarters for Populous. We know that this firm has expertise when it comes to building stadiums and making sure they are exporting around the globe.”

“To have the Asia Pacific headquarters located right here in Brisbane is really making it stamp and I really want to thank Paul for his invitation to come along today.”

“It’s also great to be joined by the Minister for Education, also Grace’s local electorate. We also have Harvey here and Natalie Cook.”

“Of course ideally positioned for the future and there’s a real buzz around town, there’s a buzz around Queensland when it comes to hope and opportunity as we come out of Covid and we look towards the future, and what our state can present for an Olympics 2032.” 

“Now Populous has also had great experience and expertise with the London Olympics and also with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and I have personally have been to Tokyo in the past and seen the construction of those stadiums.”

“But now there us a New Norm that the Olympic Committee have put out. Now that New Norm means we don’t need those big grand stadiums of the past.”

“We need functioning stadiums that can be used as a legacy and that’s exactly what we will be focussing and we have a lot of existing venues and we know that over the next months and years we need to work on those missing pieces.”

“So today is a great day.” 

“ It’s wonderful to see a hundred staff working here, local jobs and the great capacity this organisation has to be firmly seated  this right here in Queensland as we embark in that Olympic dream of 2032.”

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Olympic architect firm’s new Asia Pacific HQ in Brisbane

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02 March, 2021 at 10:58 AM

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened the new Asia Pacific headquarters of Olympic venue design firm Populous in Brisbane.

Ms Palaszczuk joined local staff and clients as well as offshore team members for a ceremony in the Populous Adelaide Street offices.

“This internationally renowned architectural firm which has designed Olympic and other outstanding facilities around the world, as well as some of our favourite local venues, makes Brisbane their main office in the Asia Pacific,” the Premier said.

“Populous has been at the top of their game for decades and today’s opening is the start of new and exciting things as they look to the future – just as we are moving further along the road to hopefully hosting the Olympics in 2032.

“Populous has a proven track record not only in designing Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games venues such as the London Olympic Stadium, but in planning events and Olympic bids.

“Since 2014, Populous has been working with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, advising on planning and design for all competition venues.

“So today is a proud and timely moment for the owners and staff, working on the very best of Olympic and other worldwide projects from new premises right here in Brisbane.”

Minister for Education and Member for McConnel Grace Grace said Queenslanders locally would know Populous as the designers of Suncorp Stadium, Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast and the Queensland Tennis Centre at Tennyson.

“But it’s their export work that now accounts for 80 per cent of their earnings, and the number of staff the company employs across the Asia Pacific has doubled in the past 18 months to more than 200,” Ms Grace said.

“In recent years Populous has delivered a 50,000-seat indoor arena in Manila, the National Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, and the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.”

In recognition of those successes, Populous was the winner of the Professional Services category at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards in 2019 and was later named Australian Exporter of the Year at the Australian Export Awards.

Currently the Populous team is working on the $5 billion Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong.

Populous Managing Director Paul Henry said 100 staff would work from the purpose-built space.

“We have been growing our business from Brisbane for 20 years and we are very proud to take this step to recommit our Asian headquarters to Queensland,” Mr Henry said.

“This is an exciting day for our staff and clients, and we are very much looking forward to continuing to collaborate across the globe as we have done well before COVID-19 on exciting projects that bring people together in moments of celebration.

“Everyone that has played a part in our success should be very proud as it is a story of hard work, vision and collaboration from people that love what they do and do it exceptionally well every day.”

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Host cities and venues announced for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
APRIL 1, 2021

World football governing body FIFA has announced the nine Host Cities and 10 stadiums across Australia and New Zealand that will host the world’s best players and football fans for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

With the tournament’s opening match to take place in Auckland and the Final to be played Sydney to host Final, Australia and New Zealand will also each host one semi-final.

With just over two years to go until the competition, FIFA advised that “the Host City announcement represents a major milestone for many football fans and players around the world, as well as in the preparations for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 - which will be the first-ever co-hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup and the first edition to feature 32 teams.”

While candidate cities Christchurch, Launceston and Newcastle missed out from the provisional list, the Host Cities and stadiums chosen for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 are:

  • Adelaide - Hindmarsh Stadium
  • Auckland - Eden Park
  • Brisbane - Brisbane Stadium
  • Dunedin - Dunedin Stadium
  • Hamilton - Waikato Stadium
  • Melbourne - Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
  • Perth - Perth Rectangular Stadium
  • Sydney - Stadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium
  • Wellington - Wellington Stadium

In addition to revealing the Host Cities and stadiums, FIFA has also announced today that Eden Park in Auckland will host the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with Stadium Australia in Sydney selected to host the Final.


Both Australia and New Zealand will also host one semi-final each with the full match schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 to be announced later this year.

Speaking on the selections, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino (pictured) stated “the appointment of the nine Host Cities represents a major milestone for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, as well as for players and football fans across Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

“Building on the incredible success of France 2019 both on and off the pitch, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and 9 Host Cities across Australia and New Zealand will not only showcase the world’s very best players, but will also provide a powerful platform to unite and inspire people, transform lives and create a lasting legacy for women’s football in Australia and New Zealand and around the world.”

Johanna Wood, President of New Zealand Football, noted “it is a privilege to co-host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023 with Australia and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best athletes and their supporters to Aotearoa New Zealand.”

“We have and will continue to work with our partners to deliver the biggest, most exciting and best tournament to date. The legacy of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 starts now and will go on to leave a lasting impression on women’s sport across both countries and the wider Asia-Pacific region.”

Football Australia President, Chris Nikou added “the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the biggest sporting event on Australian soil since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, showcasing Australia and New Zealand to a global audience of over one billion people.

“Today’s announcement of the Host Cities and match venues for the tournament is a major milestone in the build-up to the next FIFA Women’s World Cup™ - a tournament that will unite nations, inspire generations, and provide our diverse and multicultural game with the perfect platform to grow over the coming years.”

The selection of the Host Cities and stadiums follows a thorough and comprehensive process over the last eight-months conducted by FIFA, together with the two host associations, which included a series of virtual workshops and one-to-one workshops with all candidate host cities and stadiums, as well as an in-depth analysis of the Host City and stadium infrastructure and facilities, training sites and accommodation.

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Construction of new facilities at The Spit set to start soon

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Published Thursday, 26 November, 2020 at 01:15 PM

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
The Honourable Dr Steven Miles

Seaway Promenade aerial November 2020

Seaway Promenade aerial November 2020

Planning and design works are underway for a new pontoon and jetty at The Spit as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s multi-million-dollar strategy to improve the promote the Gold Coast icon in the future.

During the election, the government announced a $22 million capital works program to deliver new infrastructure at The Spit.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said designers were already hard at work developing concepts for a new pontoon and jetty as part of the mass program of public improvements.

“The Spit is a Gold Coast icon. This project will ensure it remains a drawcard for decades to come,” Mr Miles said.

“Whether you come to the Spit to go for surf, go fishing, take the dog for a walk or a picnic with the family, The Spit is a great place for tourists and locals - and we’re making it even better.

“New infrastructure creates jobs. Projects like this are an important part of our economic recovery plan for the Gold Coast.

“Already we’re seeing boots on the ground, building new public facilities at The Spit that are creating local jobs.

“With design work under way for the next stage of construction, we’re ensuring that we continue to deliver projects that support jobs on the Gold Coast.”

Mr Miles said the $4.04 million project to deliver a new jetty and pontoon would be delivered through a partnership with the Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA).

“We’ve almost completed the shared pathway along Seaworld Drive connecting Muriel Henchman to Doug Jennings Park.

“The new Seaway Promenade and improvements to the Moondarewa Spit foreshore are progressing well and on track to be finished in time for the Christmas holidays.

“The Marine Stadium project will further open up the Spit by providing a pontoon accessible to recreational and commercial vessels, including ferries and emergency services vessels.

“We expect the jetty to become a new Gold Coast attraction as a great spot to fish or enjoy beautiful Broadwater views looking south to Surfers Paradise.”

GCWA CEO Hal Morris said these new projects would bring the community’s vision for The Spit to life.

“We’re excited about delivering more facilities for the community enjoy on top of the projects we’re working on at Moondarewa Spit and the Seaway Promenade.

“All of these attractions will really put The Spit on the map as one of the Gold Coast’s must-see destinations,” Mr Morris said.

As part of project planning, a geotechnical investigation is being undertaken in Marine Stadium which began on Monday, 23 November.

The work involves taking samples from the seabed and two land-based sites using a small drilling rig and barge. 

The investigation is expected to be completed in early December.

Design works are underway, and the design concepts will be released early in the new year.

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SEQ Olympics 2032: Whitehaven Beach touted for beach volleyball

As Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympics ramps up again, an unlikely stretch of sand has emerged as the possible home of beach volleyball.

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Jeremy Pierce tourism reporter

November 8, 2020 - 12:00AM

Could Queensland’s most famous stretch of sand be headed for Olympic glory?

Whitehaven Beach, the postcard-perfect tourist magnet in the Whitsundays, has emerged as a shock contender for the beach volleyball in Queensland’s bid to host the 2032 Olympics.

Accessible only by boat or air from the mainland or nearby Hamilton Island, Whitehaven is a fixture on lists of the world’s top beaches, and would be a stunning smash as host of the 2032 Olympics.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler said Whitehaven would make a spectacular location for the beach volleyball, and could even attract spectators on yachts moored off the beach, similar to the way luxury vessels surround the track at the famous Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

“We believe it is the perfect location to hold Queensland’s Olympic beach volleyball,” Ms Wheeler said.

Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee would not be drawn on a preference, but said Queensland was spoilt for choice.

“There is a requirement for the host nation to showcase its attractions, and whether it’s Coolangatta or the Whitsundays, it would still be wonderful,” he said.

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SEQ 2032: Call to add surf lifesaving as Olympic event

Just as surfing will be added to this year’s Tokyo Games, a Queensland senator has suggested an addition to the 2032 Olympics if the southeast’s bid is successful.

Credit: The Courier Mail


By Greg Stolz

February 27, 2020 - 12:00AM

THE Courtney Hancocks and Shannon Ecksteins of the future would be 2032 Olympians if a Queensland senator has his way.

Sunshine Coast-based LNP senator James McGrath has called for surf lifesaving to be included as a demonstration sport as part of Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympics.

Surfing is making its Olympic debut at this year’s Tokyo Games, but Senator McGrath wants lifesaving to be added to the program for the proposed Queensland Olympics.

He said lifesaving was an iconic Australian sport in which Queensland was a major player.

Senator McGrath said the Gold Coast, which already hosts the Australian surf lifesaving championships, had also been chosen as the venue for the 2024 world championships.

“If Queensland can do it in 2024, we will be able to do it again as part of the 2032 summer Olympic Games,” he said.

“Just as the triathlon made its debut at the 2000 summer Olympic Games in Sydney, a new oceanman and oceanwoman event could be demonstrated at the 2032 Olympic Games on the Gold Coast.

“This event could include a swim, ski and board, with runs between each leg. 

“Surf Life Saving Queensland is one of the largest volunteer-based community service organisations in Australia, with some 58 affiliated clubs.

“Surf lifesaving forms the bedrock of Queensland’s coastal communities and we should explore this opportunity to promote this sport to the world.

“Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Summer Olympic Games presents a major opportunity to deliver benefits to our whole state – the regions and the metropolitan areas alike.

“Demonstrating a sport such as surf lifesaving is one of many ways we could showcase Queensland to the world.”

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SEQ 2032 Olympics: Qld homes will be needed for accommodation

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

 Credit: The Courier Mail

By Dan Knowles Olympics editor

February 12, 2020 - 12:00AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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2033 Legacy

Credit: Natalie Cook

Mar 23, 2021

As I proudly reflect back on my career, spanning 5 Olympic Games, I hone in on the one that was in my home country! Not just because it was declared “the best Games ever”, or because we WON a Gold Medal, but mostly because all of that happened in front of (and for) my family, friends and supporters! You see an OLYmpic Games is not just for the athletes, but the coaches and performance teams, families, friends, communities, sponsors, supporters, referees, volunteers, businesses... the list goes on.

As the possibility of Queensland’s OLYmpic dream comes into focus, I feel exactly the same as I did when I was eight years old: sitting cross-legged on the floor of my Townsville home, glued to the TV, witnessing Lisa Curry win gold in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in BRISBANE! A warmth in the belly and a conviction in my bones! At that moment, a flame ignited. I knew I wanted to do ‘that’!

It was that same flame that flickered in my eyes in 1993 when I heard those magic words, “And the winner is… SYDNEY!”

It fired me up to commit to beach volleyball and set out on a journey that ultimately led us to win bronze in Atlanta, 1996. And then in 2000, that flame was roaring brighter than ever when Kerri Pottharst and I struck GOLD on Bondi Beach in Sydney!

I see that same flame in 16 year old Torrie Lewis’ eyes. The Queensland sprinter’s star is skyrocketing right now: just last week she took out the 100m record, in addition to the 200m title she already holds.

Torrie is one of the blazing stars in the next generation of Aussie athletes who have their hearts, eyes and minds set on 2032. A Queensland Games would give athletes like Torrie an unfathomable, once-in-a-lifetime experience to compete in the biggest sporting event in the world, in their hometown, surrounded by family, friends and fellow Queenslanders.

There is a new strength to Queensland’s heartbeat, an extra spring in our steps, and sparkle in our eye, with the hope that Brisbane will be awarded custodians of the Largest Sporting Event on the Planet!

At the Committee for Brisbane last Friday, John Coates AC, President of the Australian Olympic Committee launched the committee’s Brisbane 2033 Legacy Taskforce discussion paper. This paper outlines what and how we hope to achieve, and the legacy we wish to leave, by hosting the Games.

People and community are at the heart of this legacy, as we reimagine Brisbane’s city centre as a pedestrian-first, visitor-friendly hub that offers plenty of shady, green spaces that are safe, accessible and connected. A diverse range of voices in the decision-making process will mean our city accommodates the multi-faceted community that calls it home, as well as visitors from all over the world.

Once known as ‘The Smart State’, Queensland is now ‘The Startup State’, which recognises the creativity and innovation that drive our economy and culture. In 12 years’ time, a ‘world city’ will look vastly different to what we see today, and a 2032 Games would harness new technologies to fast-track Queensland into the future.

Sustainability will underpin the work of the Taskforce. By utilising digital technologies, existing infrastructure, and investing in structures and services that will serve our community in 2032 and beyond, this legacy will future-proof Queensland.

On paper, our OLYmpic dream looks impressive. We know it will boost many parts of our economy and infrastructure. But I think the real legacy will live on within the people of Queensland. It’s the racing hearts, the twinkling eyes, and the extra large leaps we’ll take together as we celebrate what it means to be enshrined as an OLYmpic city. It’s our kids, and maybe even their kids, watching someone like Torrie win gold on home soil; igniting an OLYmpic-sized dream within them.

John finished his speech by saying,
“And so, friends, I leave you with this message: If it is Queensland’s time - use it wisely. As is the Queensland way, in order to secure the Olympics, it must continue to be hard work, day and night, dreaming big and achieving bigger. Be Bold but Faithful. Thank you, friends. Strength to your arms.”

The final question from the audience for the day was, “What do you recommend Brisbane should do to prepare?”... John paused, drew us all forward to the edge of our seats, holding our breaths for his reply... “Well, that is up to you!”

It’s time for Brisbane to rise, be bold and stand proud… this may just be our time!


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Hitting the accelerator on sports innovation

Credit: Natalie Cook


Mar 17, 2021

Recently, I shared the OLYmpic announcement declaring Brisbane as the preferred host city for the Games in 2032. The announcement, made on 25 February, is a big deal for so many reasons, but especially for the innovation of sport and technology in Queensland.  

I am very proud to have joined the Board of Australian Sports Technology Network (ASTN)last year, which has given me a fantastic insight into the exciting companies and world-class startups that are changing the future of sports through the powers of digital, data and tech. 

Sports Innovation and Open Innovation are at the core of so many different areas – the digitisation of jobs, research and development, trade and exports for everything from stadiums and venues, to digital membership models, Esports, youth and club sports, elite athletes, sponsorships, universities, 5G technology, and so much more. 

Beyond the estimated 130,000 people – across paid and volunteer jobs – who would play a part in a potential Queensland 2032 Olympic Games, I really believe this will build a decades-long momentum and excitement that will inspire the next generation, and hit the accelerator on innovation. Already across Queensland, in every corner of sports, health, and fitness and recreation, ‘innovation’ is the buzzword and we’re seeing it happen at every level. 

Australia has an unrivalled DNA and proven passion for Sports and Major Events. Queensland has the potential to become a gateway to Asia, and a cornerstone of the ‘super corridor’ sports innovation ecosystem along our East Coast. 

The OLYmpic announcement has supercharged this already-electric energy, and to host the Games would be to reimagine the state’s future, turbo-charge our economy and leave an indelible legacy. Not to mention the pride and accolades for our athletes!

Australia’s commitment to health and wellbeing at the Federal, State and Local Government levels during the COVID-19 pandemic of the past 12 months has been nothing short of exemplary, and has shown the world the Australia that we know and love: safe, organised, hard-working, reliable and inclusive. 

Hosting the world’s largest sporting event – the Summer Olympics and Paralympics – in sunny Queensland is no doubt one of Australia’s greatest sporting dreams for the 21st Century. Our country is perfectly positioned to be the world's hub for Sports Innovation and Sports Digital by 2032, and we look forward to sharing this with our international friends. On a personal note, I’d love nothing more than to share Queensland’s pristine golden beaches and our Aussie hospitality with beach volleyball players from all across the world. 

Expect some big announcements soon from Queensland (and Australia!) in the coming years on the back of this momentum. 

Citius. Altius. Fortius ("Faster. Higher. Stronger")

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One giant leap for Brisbane!

Credit: Natalie Cook

Feb 26, 2021


When I leapt out of bed yesterday, I had so much spring in my step, I almost felt like Neil Armstrong landing on the moon! Why? Because Brisbane was named the preferred city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032!!

This is massive news for the town I’ve called home for 33 years! We saw what the Games did for Sydney in 2000, there is still a buzz about it even now, and some of us might even remember Melbourne in 1956! Who could forget Dawn Fraser, Betty Cuthbert, Shirley Strickland and Murray Rose?

We’re not just talking about a two-week event in the distant future. This opportunity would mean 10-20 years of unprecedented growth in South East Queensland, touching our entire community and reaching into all areas of Queensland; from infrastructure to tourism, hospitality, education and more. While 2020 was quite tough for a lot of Aussies, winning the rights to host the Games in 2032 would pave the road to our economic recovery. 

And of course it will be a huge boost to our athletes, who have taken a hit with the shut-down of training and competition, including the postponement of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Not only will it give our sports stars something to look forward to, I also hope it’ll put a sparkle in the eyes of kids all across Queensland. I have a feeling they’re all swimming a little faster, jumping a bit higher, and running with some extra speed after the announcement yesterday!

On a personal note, I’m beyond excited to share this journey with my 5 year old daughter, who will be 17 by the time the Games roll into Brisbane. Over the next 10 years, she’ll get to watch her hometown transform, and who knows, maybe it’ll even inspire her to compete as an athlete! No pressure :)

Part of the reason Brisbane is so attractive as a host city (apart from our awesome weather and people!) is because we already have about 85% of the infrastructure required to host the Games, meaning we wouldn’t have to build a lot of venues or transport especially for the event. We also have a stable government with support for the bid at all levels, and we’re experienced in hosting large-scale events like the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and the best Games (until BNE) ever in Sydney!

The IOC’s ‘New Norm’ proposal also offers the unique chance for Brisbane to team up with our neighbours on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and to utilise pre-existing and temporary venues.

We could see an Opening Ceremony in Suncorp Stadium, hockey at Ballymore, equestrian at Victoria Park, track and field in Carrara, and the marathon on the Sunshine Coast. Toowoomba, Ipswich, Cairns and my hometown of Townsville could even get a taste of the action with some of the preliminary soccer matches and the pentathlon. There are also plans for a new aquatics facility in Brisbane, which is music to the ears of all our swimmers and water polo players – both professional and recreational. Biasly, the prize of the games – the Beach Volleyball – looks like will be on the Gold Coast! 

It fills me with pride and uncontainable excitement as I type this and imagine all the possibilities!

We’ve now entered into ‘targeted dialogue’ with the IOC, which means we’re in exclusive negotiations to become the 2032 host city. There’s still a long way to go, but if we keep up the work we’ve done over the past six years, I reckon we’ve just about got it in the bag! Big shout out to Lord Mayor (at the time) Graham Quirk who saw the vision for Brisbane early on.

With all eyes on Brisbane this week, we’re already getting a taste of what it’d be like to be a host city. People from all over the world are talking about our city, and if they didn’t know where Brisbane was, they sure do now!

Yesterday’s announcement was one small step towards the Games in 2032, and one giant leap for Brisbane!

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