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If Brisbane is awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Summer Olympics by default

 

And at this stage it’s looking pretty good, considering other countries are mysteriously dropping off..

Then I DEMAND the Organising Committee and/or the AOC open negotiations with that petrol station in Kybong to bring back Matilda the kangaroo for the Opening Ceremony, 50 years after she debuted with a wink at the Commonwealth Games

matilda-1982-commonwealth-games-large.jp From the National Archives of Australia

Come on Johnny Coates, it’ll be another feather for your legacy – Think of a new generation of kiddies who will get to experience the majesty of a 6-ton motorised kangaroo thundering up The Gabba like a giant Charlie Cameron.

 
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2032 bid status to drive investment in Gold Coast tourism

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February 26, 2021


New Gold Coast beach and hinterland experiences are likely to be turbo-charged by south east Queensland being named the 2032 Olympic and Paralympics preferred host candidate.

New Destination Gold Coast chief Patricia O’Callaghan said the Gold Coast’s status within the preferred south-east Queensland bid would serve as a boon to the ailing local tourism economy by presenting enormous branding, positioning and investment opportunities for the city and its 4,600 tourism businesses.

“I don’t think we can underestimate the hope and passion and drive it will bring our community,” O’Callaghan said.

“I don’t think we can underestimate an announcement like that and what it will do for potential investment into the Gold Coast.

“We will make the most of the publicity over the next 11 years, and it will be global.

“On top of that this will be a key hub not only for government investment but private as well.”

O’Callaghan said new tourism infrastructure was key to returning the Gold Coast, suffering under the devastating effects of coronavirus, to its mantle as a global tourism capital.

New beach, ocean and hinterland experiences, including controversial beach clubs and hinterland cableway that have long been proposed but also attracted significant community backlash, would top the list of the investment needed, she said.

“What we want to offer is fresh new experiences and that’s what is being demanded by the new traveller.

“Travel patterns are changing, consumers are changing.”

O’Callaghan said the 2032 Olympics would drive investment in new attractions.

Even in the difficult pandemic-battered climate, some businesses and investments were charging ahead to reinvent the city’s tourism offering, but that could be put into overdrive by Olympic-related investment, she said.

“New products and experiences are a key priority for the Gold Coast.  We will need the support of local, state and federal governments.”

The Gold Coast tourism sector took a $3 billion hit in revenue in 2020, compared to the record year of 2019 when more than 14.2 million visitors  flocked to the coast spending $5.9 billion.

The city now aims to attract the lion’s share of Australian travellers who can’t holiday overseas, despite predictions by tourism bosses including Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce that the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out could mean the resumption of international travel by October. That’s still a market of 9.9 million people who may instead travel domestically, including around 7 million leisure travellers, who spent a combined $64 billion overseas in 2019.

O’Callaghan said the Gold Coast remained the most searched for destination in Australia.

“What we are seeing in our research is that still the biggest in-demand reason for people to come to the Gold Coast is our beaches, it is our hinterland and then our theme parks and dining.

“Now we are in a market for repeat visitors as well, how can we keep it fresh, new and exciting? That doesn’t mean moving away from what we’re traditionally known for, it just offering other ways to experience it,” she said.

“What do our ocean-side experiences look like; what do our hinterland experiences look like?

“We can talk to our community about it, but I would also say this – some of the most unpopular projects I’ve worked on have now become very successful.”

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Ha!  Ex-Aussie Olympic athletes from Brisbane indicted on cocaine-smuggling charges.  Let the smuggling by Aussie Olympians begin!!  Take the proposed "Games" away from Brisbane, capital of Olympic athletes-smuggling operation!! 

Nathan Baggaley: Olympian and his brother found guilty in $152 million cocaine plot (msn.com) 

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Ha!  Ex-Aussie Olympic athletes from Brisbane indicted on cocaine-smuggling charges.  Let the smuggling by Aussie Olympians begin!!  Take the proposed "Games" away from Brisbane, capital of Olympic athletes-smuggling operation!! 

Nathan Baggaley: Olympian and his brother found guilty in $152 million cocaine plot (msn.com) 

One bad apple does not spoil the whole bunch.

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Olympic Games a catalyst for Brisbane’s coming of age

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The last time Brisbane made a bid to host the world’s premier sporting event was for 1992’s games. Unfortunately, this was outbid by Barcelona, but Brisbane has undeniably undergone (and is still undergoing) a transformation since then. With the news recently full of updates on the pursuit, we take another look at what Brisbane’s hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympic Games could mean for us proud River City dwellers.

Will our bid be successful?

So how do Brisbane’s bidding odds look at this stage? After all, a gamut of other hopeful hosts for 2032 include Madrid, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Budapest, and even London. That’s quite a selection of world-class cities — how does ours hold up against them? 

Let’s not forget Brisbane’s team of marketers has been laying claim to being ‘Australia’s new world city’ for the past decade. This would certainly be one way of walking the walk!

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) president Dr Thomas Bach visited Brisbane earlier this year, a meeting reportedly brimming with positive interactions. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner gave Dr Bach a detailed introduction to our city, to which Bach expressed views that Brisbane would make an ideal setting for the event, and that the IOC would be willing to contribute a hearty amount of funding to the games’ preparations. 

While Cr Schrinner has disclosed that no decision on whether to bid will be made final until 2020, Premier Palaszczuk’s recent trip to Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss such matters with the IOC, suggests a reasonably formed commitment on Queensland’s part, about which she affirms SEQ “clearly have the attention of the International Olympic Committee.”

A few changes to IOC’s stringent bid requirements in June, designed to prompt more potential bidders to throw their hats into the ring, have made the undertaking even more feasible for Brisbane and SEQ. Changes mean bidding has opened up to regions rather than just cities, with Dr Bach saying, “Flexibility is a necessity to ensure good governance and to have sustainable Olympic Games in the future.”

This new emphasis on preparing for the Olympics in an economically sustainable way has seen an increase in SEQ’s leaders getting onboard with plans to bid for the event.

What would hosting the games cost SEQ?

While the Sydney 2000 Olympics was reported to have cost a total of $6.5 billion, the last 20 years have seen changes in IOC’s expected expenditure from bidding hosts who want to secure the privilege. A feasibility study released in February of this year indicated the budget to operate the event in SEQ (excluding the costs of infrastructure upgrades) would be $5.3 billion.

At the time of talks between Cr Schrinner, Dr Bach, and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates in May this year, funding was estimated at $2.7 billion of domestic revenue. IOC have provided an updated figure of their contribution as $2.58 billion, which means the net cost to SEQ ratepayers would be negligible.

Ms Palaszczuk estimates that roughly 85 percent of venues needed to host the Games are already built, with Mr Coates reiterating, “Priority must be given to the use of existing or temporary venues; the construction of new permanent venues for the purpose of the Games will only be considered if a sustainable legacy can be shown.”

It appears at this stage that all SEQ authorities on board are agreeable to ensuring the majority of funding goes towards infrastructure SEQ already needs, rather than being poured into shiny trophy buildings.

A recent downsizing of Olympic stadium requirements from 80,000 capacity to 60,000 capacity plus temporary seating, also lowers costs to ratepayers. This is another win in Brisbane’s potential pursuit of preparing for the Olympics in a cost-effective way. 

How will the games benefit Brisbanites?

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been very clear that the choice to bid pivots entirely on whether final reports project the pursuit as returning jobs and already-required infrastructure. 

“This is not just about a couple of weeks of competition. It is about accelerating decades’ worth of jobs investment,” Palaszczuk continues, “It’s about getting things off the drawing boards and into our lives.”

Almost in response to this, RACQ Chief Communications Officer, Paul Turner says, “What I think the Olympics in 2032 does is actually give a focus and a lightning rod to something we should be doing anyway.” 

He’s referring, of course, to the kinds of roads and transport infrastructure a growing SEQ is overdue for already. Recent talk of a fast-rail to link the proposed Olympic villages of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast, has taken existing plans for Brisbane’s Cross-River Rail and Metro to the next level. It’s precisely this kind of Games’ preparation that could benefit SEQ residents in the long term. With the recent loosening of selection procedures and the possibility of IOC granting Brisbane’s bid in the next few years, SEQ would have a good decade to effectively budget and implement these kinds of key infrastructure.

SEQ’s hosting of the games would make optimal use of the extensive hospitality developments undertaken in the past few years, including the five new hotels at Queens’ Wharf, Brisbane Quarter, and Brisbane Airport’s $3.8 billion runway redevelopment. The influx of tourists would also help offset the upcoming costs of Brisbane Metro and Brisbane Live, our proposed world-class entertainment precinct.

Hosting the 2032 Olympic Games would be an excellent claim to earning Brisbane’s new ‘World City’ slogan. It would result in ongoing increased tourism, the recouping of costs to Brisbane’s cultural investments, and not least of all, a positive influence on Brisbane’s property prices. While there’s no concrete evidence of short term price growth after a city hosts the Olympic Games, there’s no doubt that the long term investment in infrastructure and putting Brisbane on the world stage can be a positive for house prices in our city.

We think any opportunity to demonstrate our fantastic lifestyle to the rest of the world is one worth pursuing!

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

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

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

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is well aware of the risks for host cities. In 2018, it introduced the “New Norm” for candidate cities bidding to host the Olympics from 2024 onwards, with 118 reforms to “re-imagine” how they deliver the event.

The key takeaway is the need to cut costs and risks for host cities by introducing more flexibility and efficiency. The aim of the New Norm is to produce a more sustainable legacy for host cities. But how will it work in practice?

Reduce, re-use and recycle

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

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

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

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

The economic implications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The tourism sweetener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not everyone stands to benefit

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


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


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

The IOC’s New Norm has allowed Brisbane to bid to host the Olympics at a much lower cost than previous host cities have had to bear.

But we need to make sure that hosting the Games maximises the potential benefits and minimises the impacts of the negatives.

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South-East Queensland Games would be a win for all Australians

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25 FEBRUARY 2021

A 2032 South-East Queensland Olympic and Paralympic Games can be a “beautiful beacon on the hill for all Australians”, says Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair Josephine Sukkar.

 

The ASC, comprising the Australian Institute of Sport and Sport Australia, has welcomed a recommendation overnight from the International Olympic Committee that South-East Queensland is the preferred bid candidate for the 2032 Games. It does not confirm South East Queensland as host for the 2032 Games, but it is an important step as the IOC has announced it is advancing to “targeted dialogue” with the Brisbane 2032 Committee because of its “very advanced Games concept”.

“This would be a beautiful beacon on the hill for all Australians to look towards,” Ms Sukkar said on behalf of the ASC Board. “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. A home Games would be a driver for increased sport participation too.

“A home Games can also show the wonderful power of sport to influence lives and communities far beyond the competitive arena. I was lucky enough to be at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for Cathy Freeman’s gold medal race and for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. But my personal highlight are the memories of my late father, a volunteer doctor at the 2000 Games, who was able to enjoy that experience of a lifetime with thousands of other volunteers. I still have my father’s volunteer uniform from the Sydney Olympics and treasure it.”

AIS CEO Peter Conde says Australia is well placed to host a successful Games, courtesy of a more united sporting system and a sharpened focus on athlete development.

“There is no doubt that the build-up to Sydney 2000 united Australian sport and the AIS, along with our state and territory partners, have taken positive steps over the past few years to further enhance our collaboration,” Mr Conde said. “We now operate together as a National Institute Network and it was just over a year ago that we signed a united high performance strategy for the first time in history. This collective approach can become Australian sport’s greatest competitive advantage.

“We also commend the Australian Government for believing in the AIS vision and our future Australian athletes by boosting funding to development pathways and athlete wellbeing. That investment has given us a head-start on producing the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games champions of the future.”

COVID-19 has impacted sport participation and volunteering, but Sport Australia CEO Rob Dalton said the next decade was shaping up as one of the most inspiring periods for Australian sport.

“Things have been tough, but we’ve said all along that sport will play a prominent role in lifting the nation’s energy and spirits again, and there are few events that can match the inspiration of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mr Dalton said. “Next year Australia will host the FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball, then in 2023, the FIFA Women’s World Cup. These all present wonderful opportunities for Australian sport to thrive over the next decade and beyond.”

 

 

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SEQ City Deal, Olympic Bid and People Mass Movement Study

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07 / 10 / 2020

As one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, South East Queensland (SEQ) faces the challenge of ensuring our communities have the infrastructure and services to meet the needs of the region’s current and future population.

With limited funding available to meet SEQ’s infrastructure demands, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) questioned whether an Olympic Games bid could be a catalyst to expedite infrastructure delivery, boost the economy and significantly raise the region’s profile on the international stage.

Recognising that connectivity is the lifeblood of SEQ and its economy, using an Olympic Games to accelerate the funding and delivery of major infrastructure could be a game-changer for the future of SEQ.

This work follows the release of the SEQ People Mass Movement Study which identified a road map of 47 projects to accommodate the anticipated population growth of the region (regardless of a Games).

The PMMS is a multi-modal blueprint for SEQ’s transport infrastructure to 2041 designed to respond to growth in transport demand. The plan recommends staged investments in transport through to 2041. Given the large $63 billion investment collaborative partnerships will be critical to ensure the three tiers of Government and industry are aligned towards delivery.

The SEQ City Deal will see all levels of government working together to deliver a better connected region through key transport projects, creation of more jobs, and protecting the region’s liveability. A key plan of the plan is the proposed Faster Rail network connecting Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

 

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Australia Emerges As The Favourite To Host Olympic Games In 2032

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By MAX SHERRY

24 February 2021

Australia Emerges As The Favourite To Host Olympic Games In 2032

 

 

According to reports, Australia is set to play host to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.

And it's understood neither Sydney or Melbourne will be the preferred location for the prestigious Games.

That accolade belongs to Brisbane, which is reportedly the favourite to be crowned the official host city over the likes of Doha, Budapest, Istanbul, Jakarta, New Delhi and St Petersburg.

Reports from the Sydney Morning Herald suggest Brisbane's bid impressed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who could announce their final decision as early as July.

Respected Olympics news website Inside the Games also claims the Queensland capital is the IOC's first-choice out of all the other candidates.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: PA Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: PA

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) released on Wednesday.

"The Brisbane, Queensland candidature is following the process approved by IOC members in session in 2019," the AOC said.

"We are aware that the IOC executive board will receive presentations from a number of commissions at its meeting tonight, including the Future Host Commission.

 

We are not privy to that presentation but look forward to any advice in due course."

Australia has a successful track record of hosting sporting events on the global stage.

The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 saw the country and the AOC receive an abundance of praise.

And, of course, who could forget the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney?

An Indigenous performer during the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA An Indigenous performer during the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

"Today was very significant in that we were able to discuss getting our Olympic taskforce, or working group, back together... to look at the next stages that we have to go through," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said back in December following a meeting with IOC vice president John Coates.

It's clear who the early front-runner is to host the Games, but let's just hope Brisbane can cross the finish line in first place when judgment day arrives in July.

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Brisbane the frontrunner to land 2032 Games as talks with IOC start

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By Reuters

 

596859_284374_800_auto_jpg.jpgA lone swimmer is seen at Coolangatta Beach with Surfers Paradise in the background, on the Queensland - New South Wales border in Brisbane on April 15, 2020. (PATRICK HAMILTON / AFP)

Brisbane took a major step towards being named 2032 Olympic hosts after the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that the Australian city had been picked as the preferred partner to start talks for the Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said the IOC had approved a recommendation of the commission in charge of future hosts.

“This commission recommended to the IOC executive board to enter into a targeted dialogue with Brisbane 2032. The Executive Board has unanimously approved this recommendation,” Bach told a virtual news conference.

Brisbane earned bonus points for its high percentage of existing venues, a good masterplan, experience in organizing major events and its favorable weather among other things

Several cities and countries had publicly expressed an interest in the 2032 Games including Brisbane, Indonesia, Budapest, China, Doha and Germany’s Ruhr valley among others.

ALSO READ: Australia announces support for bid to host 2032 Olympic Games

Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates, also a vice-president of the IOC, said the other candidate cities had been “parked for a future Games” by the IOC.

“It was a very mature decision by the IOC,” Coates told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday.

“To take a decision when you’ve still got a few other cities there and say we’re going into targeted dialogue with one preferred city was a big call by them and that’s where they ended up.

“It’s a significant recognition of the way we’ve worked together, the three levels of government, the Paralympic Committee and the Australian Olympic Committee in presenting this bid together.”

Brisbane earned bonus points for its high percentage of existing venues, a good masterplan, experience in organizing major events and its favorable weather among other things. The state of Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The IOC has overhauled its bidding rules in 2019 to reduce costs and make the process easier for cities. There are no official candidate cities campaigning ahead of the vote as has been the case in the past.

Instead, the IOC puts the preferred host to the vote at its session following another review by the commission.

Kristin Kloster Aasen, who heads the Future Host Commission, said it was not yet clear when the IOC vote would be held, as it all depended on the targeted dialogue with Brisbane which would start right away.

“They are a very advanced project, a number of criteria that sit very well with us. It has been moulded for a number of years, good legacy plans, good venue plan,” she said.

“There are many, many things that made us put this forward,” she added.

Coates said Australia hoped to conclude its work on the bid by early May and the vote could come in Tokyo, where the IOC have a meeting before the July 23-Aug 8 Olympics in the Japanese capital.

Australia hosted the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne in 1956.

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EXPLAINED: What a 2032 Brisbane Olympics would look like – and cost

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February 25, 2021 5:03pm

By ZAC RAYSON

Potential Brisbane venues for the 2032 Olympics. Potential Brisbane venues for the 2032 Olympics.Source: Supplied

On Thursday morning Brisbane was announced as the International Olympic Committee’s ‘preferred candidate city’ to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But what comes next? What would a 2032 Brisbane Games look like – and how much would it cost?

Here’s everything you need to know.

THE BID PROCESS

Gone are the days of multiple countries spending tens – if not hundreds – of millions of dollars developing competing bids to host a specific Olympic and Paralympic Games (say, for example, in 2032).

The IOC scrapped that process a couple of years ago, which is a relief because it was hugely expensive, overly political in its voting processes, and left a LOT of losing bidders extremely unhappy.

These days, the IOC’s Future Host Commission works directly with potential host bidders to develop their plans to host a Games in the future, without locking in a specific year for the bid.

When a country believes its bid is developed enough, they can ask the IOC’s Future Host Commission to move from ‘Continuous Dialogue’ to ‘Targeted Dialogue’.

If the IOC agrees, the bid is granted “Preferred Bid Status”.

That means a hosting year is locked in, and the IOC undergoes intensive discussions around hosting that specific Games until it decides that the Preferred Bid should – or should not – host those Games.

The IOC just named Brisbane its Preferred Bid for the 2032 Games, putting it in the box seat to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

A number of rival countries reportedly remain in Continuous Dialogue with the IOC and had reportedly been keen to host the 2032 Games. That is believed to include India, Chinese city Shanghai, Qatar, a rumoured joint bid between South and North Korea, and a German bid for its Rhine-Ruhr region.

WHAT COMES NEXT

The Brisbane bid now progresses from Continuous Dialogue to Targeted Dialogue – which basically means a likely period of six months of intensive negotiations with the International Olympic Committee regarding plans and finances.

If the IOC’s Future Host Commission is satisfied after those final negotiations, they will take the bid to the IOC’s executive board. The board then asks the entire IOC (103 members from around the world) to vote on the bid – effectively without any other alternative bids on the table.

If at any stage the IOC believes the Brisbane bid is not ready, or not capable of hosting in 2032, the bid can revert back to Continuous Talks and look to target hosting in another year.

But for now, Brisbane has a window of around six months to exclusively discuss hosting in 2032, with the entire bidding process costing a (relatively) minor amount of $10 million at most.

The final vote could take place as soon as the Tokyo Olympics, later in the year or perhaps early in 2022.

Either way, that’s far earlier than under the old system, in which host nations were selected seven years before their Games took place.

Potential Brisbane venues for the 2032 Olympics. Potential Brisbane venues for the 2032 Olympics.Source: Supplied

WHAT THE OLYMPICS COULD LOOK LIKE

When the IOC changed their bid process, they also changed what they were looking for from bidders.

Lessons have been learned from previous Games like Rio 2014, where countries spent big on facilities and stadiums that quickly fell into disuse.

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll told Fox Sports: “We fit exactly the criteria the IOC is looking for, which is: don’t spend too much on new venues. All the existing venues, it’s about 85-90 per cent are already there.”

That also includes some temporary facilities, while there is a possibility of a major new stadium.

Known as the ‘Brisbane Olympic Stadium’, the 50,000-capacity stadium has been proposed to host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events.

Whether that will happen will come down to the next stage negotiations with the IOC.

Carrara stadium on the Gold Coast could also host athletics events, while the Gabba could play host to the major ceremonies.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “There is the option of one new big venue in terms of where we would have the opening ceremony … but we may use Carrara as well.”

Another potential new venue, also on the north side of Brisbane, could be a new aquatics facility. The 15,000-seat ‘Brisbane Arena’ has been proposed to host water polo and swimming competitions.

But the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Aquatic Centre could figure as an alternative for those events.

What is unique about the bid is that it is regional, rather than being based in a single city – the first time such a bid has been chosen by the IOC.

The whole of South East Queensland would be used, building on the success of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 21 venues would be in Brisbane, six on the Gold Coast and three in the Sunshine Coast. The full list of venues named in the bid are listed at the bottom of this article.

The bid plan also involves two athlete’s villages, one on the Gold Coast and another in Brisbane.

The Gold Coast would use 2,000 existing hotel beds, but Brisbane’s would be a brand-new 14,000-person village.

As for the dates, the bid proposes 23 July to 8 August.

Concept plans for the Coast venues with the Maroochydore CBD. Concept plans for the Coast venues with the Maroochydore CBD.Source: News Regional Media

WHAT IT COULD COST – AND WHAT IT COULD EARN

How much does it cost? Well, hopefully nothing.

According to the bid, it will cost $A4.45 billion to operate the games.

The IOC will pay at least US$1.8 billion or $2.26bn Australian from international broadcast fees towards that operating budget, with the remainder coming from sponsorship and ticketing.

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said: “The operating costs for these games is about $4.5 billion. The IOC contributes $2.5 billion.

“Then you get your approximately $1 billion from national sponsorship and $1 billion from the ticketing.

“That’s enough to pay for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games without any call on the state or federal or local governments.”

A QLD Government report last year projected the Games could provide a $36 billion windfall for the state.

That comprises an estimated $7.4 billion in economic benefits for the region, with 130,000 jobs created by the Games as well as tens of thousands of additional indirect jobs.

The Games would also boost tourism by $20.2bn between 2020 and 2036, and boost trade exports by $8.63bn.

Of course, those estimates are all significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. But Australia’s strong response to COVID-19 was named by the IOC as a significant positive factor in the Brisbane bid.

LIST OF POTENTIAL VENUES FOR 2032 GAMES

EXISTING VENUES:

• Lang Park: Football and rugby

• Ballymore Stadium: Hockey

• Brisbane indoor sports centre: Basketball

• Brisbane Showgrounds: Equestrian

• Victoria Park: BMX

• South Bank buster: Archery and 3x3 basketball

• Brisbane convention and exhibition centre: Table tennis, fencing, taekwondo, badminton

• Brisbane aquatic centre: Diving, artistic swimming, water polo

• Brisbane International shooting centre: Shooting

• Anna Meares Velodrome: Track cycling, BMX racing

• Royal Pines Resort: Golf

• Broadwater Parklands: Triathlon, aquatics

• Coomera Indoor sports centre: Volleyball

• Broadbeach Park stadium: Beach volleyball

• Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre: Volleyball, weightlifting

• Whitsunday Islands: Sailing

• Sunshine Coast Mountain Bike Park: Mountain bike

• Alexandra Headland: Cycling, athletics, sailing

• Ipswich stadium, Gold Coast stadium, Sunshine Coast stadium, Toowoomba sports ground, North Queensland Stadium, Barlow Park (Cairns), Sydney Football Stadium and Melbourne Rectangular Stadium could also be used for football.

POTENTIAL NEW VENUES:

• Brisbane Arena: Swimming

• Brisbane Olympic Stadium: Athletics and ceremonies

• Chandler indoor sports centre: Gymnastics

• Sunshine Coast Convention and Entertainment centre: Basketball

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Brisbane, Australia preparing for 2032 Olympics after being named preferred bid

It’s not a done deal yet but powerful Olympic official John Coates is vowing to get it across the finish line when the IOC makes the final call

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February 25, 2021
 

BRISBANE, QLD — There was no fanfare. No iconic announcement.

An Australian push to host the 2032 Olympics was elevated overnight to the status of preferred bid, and the people of Brisbane and southeast Queensland state woke up to the news on Thursday morning.

It’s not a done deal yet, but powerful Olympic official John Coates is vowing to get it across the finish line when the IOC makes the final call, which could be within 12 months.

“It was a long night . . . but a very mature decision from the IOC. To take a decision when you’ve still got a few other cities there and say ‘well, we’re going to go into targeted dialogue with one preferred city’ was a big call by them,” Coates said Thursday. “The IOC now deal exclusively with us while we complete the questionnaire. The other cities who have shown interest have been parked . . . it’s significant recognition.”

IOC president Thomas Bach told a news conference in Switzerland on Wednesday that an IOC panel overseeing the bid process would begin “targeted dialogue” with Australian organizers.

The 2032 contest was expected to include Doha, Qatar, and Budapest, Hungary, which withdrew late from the 2024 contest to pave the way for Los Angeles being offered the 2028 Olympics. China, Germany, India, Indonesia and Russia were also working on possible bids for 2032.

Coates is a long-serving president of the Australian Olympic Committee, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee, the head of the coordination commission which assesses preparation for the Tokyo Games and an architect of the new process the IOC uses to select host cities.

He was heavily involved in Australia's successful bid and running of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Melbourne hosted the 1956 Olympics and Coates has said for several years that Brisbane, Australia's third-biggest city, would be next in line among the country's contenders.

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In this Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, file photo, a couple sit on a dock to look at the sails of the Sydney Opera House that are illuminated with the green and gold colors of the Australian Olympic team. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

He said the IOC has reviewed plans and various feasibility studies and now the “federal government has to provide its undertakings in terms of security, things that’s done for any international event that comes here, border control, all of those things. So there’s work to be done in that area.”

The government leader of Queensland state, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the decision puts Queensland “in the box seat" and she was confident that the federal, state and municipal governments were “absolutely united in working together to make this happen."

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison supported the bid during a meeting in Japan last year with IOC president Thomas Bach, and Palaszczuk had meetings with the IOC in Switzerland.

Palaszczuk said Brisbane and surrounding cities to the north, south and west already had 85% of the venues required for the games and that was the “gamechanger" as the IOC seeks to cut the costs of hosting the games.

“We don’t have to build huge stadiums that are not going to be used in the future, and this gives hope and opportunity as we got through our economic recovery and plan for the future," she said.

Organizers could either build a new, 50,000-seat main stadium for the opening ceremony and track and field competition, or upgrade one of the region's existing stadiums. The other main construction would be a 15,000-seat aquatic center, although there's existing facilities in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast that could be upgraded.

Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1982, the World Expo in 1988, the G20 Summit in 2014 and the Gold Coast hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games, using facilities across the region.

A conference of mayors spanning from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland's southeast corner has been working for six years on planning the bid. It has a proposed budget of $4.5 billion but organizers say the cost to taxpayers would be minimized by the IOC’s contribution plus sponsorship and ticketing revenue.

“When we started this journey . . . many people were skeptical. Now we’re one step away from being named as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said. “Today is not the time to get over-excited, there is still plenty of work to be done.”

 

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Olympics 2032: Dream is on for young and old

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By Julie Linden, Thomas Morgan and staff writers

February 25, 2021

Brisbane has been named preferred candidate* by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

IOC president Thomas Bach made the announcement in Switzerland on Thursday morning.

He said the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board had voted unanimously* to support a recommendation from the Future Host Commission to enter into detailed talks with Brisbane’s bid committee and the Australian Olympic Committee.

Being named preferred candidate gives Brisbane exclusive* access to convince the IOC without competition from other cities and countries, including from competitors in China, the Middle East and Europe.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Brisbane was in the “box seat” to officially secure the 2032 Olympic Games.

“This is years of hard work,” she said. “You can’t wipe the smile off my face.”

PALASZCZUK PRESSERQueensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and AOC President John Coates are seen after a press conference at Parliament House on February 25. Picture: NCA NewsWire

Although the deal isn’t quite done yet, Australia’s past, present and even future Olympians are also excited at the prospect of a home Games.

“I’ve been living in Sydney for the past two years and people down there still talk about the 2000 Sydney Olympics so to have that opportunity in Brisbane would do wonders for everyone,” champion swimmer Cate Campbell said.

“In dreamland, if I could be part of a home Olympic Games, that would be the ultimate goal, but even if I wasn’t competing I would love to be involved in some way possible.”

OlympicsCate and Bronte Campbell are excited about Brisbane’s Olympic bid chances improving. Picture: Liam Kidston

Jodie Henry, who won three gold medals in swimming at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said it was only fair that Queensland got a turn at hosting the Games after Melbourne (1956) and Sydney (2000).

“We’ve had a couple of Commonwealth Games here but we’ve never had the big show so it would be really amazing for southeast Queensland,” she said.

Queensland’s Natalie Cook won gold in Sydney in beach volleyball, along with Kerri Pottharst, but said hosting the Games was more than just about athletes and their competitions.

“The Olympics will touch every single industry, from hospitality to shopping to volunteering, even to the medals, which will be made from our minerals in the earth,” she said.

“It will impact the artists, the dancers, the singers, technology … what we’re about to see is a decade of opportunity that will put the global spotlight on Australia, not only our COVID response but the possibility to bring hope to the world.”

Gold Coast kayaker Ken Wallace – who won gold and bronze medals at the 2008 Olympics – is coaching kids at the Queensland academy who could be competing in 2032.

“I look at 2032 as a bit like training at the moment. We haven’t won the gold medal yet but we’re starting to hit goals and targets in training and I guess that is what Southeast Queensland is starting to do with the International Olympic Committee.”

OlympicsBrisbane athletes Will Curran, 14, Sophie Burger, 15, Ned Curran, 14 and Gretta Johnson, 14 are all extremely excited about the prospect of the Olympics coming to their home city in 2032. Picture: Adam Head

Teenage athletes Gretta Johnson, 14, Sophie Burger, 15, Ned Curran and Will Curran, 14, each train at least five days a week for their dream of being on the track and field world stage.

For twins and Queensland cross country champions Ned and Will, who both put in at least eight training sessions a week, going to the Olympics on home soil would be “the dream.”

“I’m training really hard for that right now,” Ned said.

“I wouldn’t have to travel far,” Will said.

Sophie meanwhile has goals to compete in the triathlon event and said she’s “stoked” about the chance to compete in a Queensland Games.

“I’ve done triathlon since I was seven,” she said.

“It would be a dream to go to those Olympics to do triathlon.”

“If I got the opportunity, it would be amazing.”

For Gretta, who competes this weekend in the State Club Championship, her goal would be to run the 3000m or 1500m track event on the world stage.

But for the 15-year-old athlete, just having the Olympics down under is cause for celebration.

“We would be able to see them and we wouldn’t have to travel far,” she said.

“I think it would be really exciting.”

Gretta said she liked watching athletes compete in the running and track events, gymnastics and swimming.

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Possible 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games a boost for Pacific athletes

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February 26, 2021

Australia's sunshine state Queensland is all but certain to host the 2032 Olympics Games, and this week's news is being seen as great news for the Pacific too.

On Pacific Beat with Jordan Fennell

 

Brisbane was this week announced as the "preferred candidate city" to host the 2032 Olympics Games and the Paralympics.

It's the only city that will start detailed talks with the International Olympic Committees about how it plans to pull off the prestigious international event.

Dr Robin Mitchell, the President the Oceania National Olympic Committees told Pacific Beat the prospect of the 2032 Olympics being in Brisbane will be a huge boost for Pacific athletes.

"I had that smile at 3 o'clock in the morning after a very long executive board meeting...it's so exciting and I think that excitement continues based on the feedback of the region over the past 24 hours," he said.

He said the feelings are reminiscent of those after Sydney was announced as the host of the 2000 Olympic Games "many, many moons ago".

"The development of sport in the region has grown since the hosting of the games. Sydney had a significant influence on the development of sport in the region".

He said Brisbane's proximity to the Pacific and its climate makes "it great", with many people having family in Queensland.

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Brisbane to go to IOC panel after being named as ‘preferred city’ to host 2032 Olympics

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24 February 2021

Brisbane is one step closer to hosting the 2032 Olympics after being listed as the ‘preferred city’ by the committee in charge of deciding where the games are held.

The International Olympic Committee unanimously voted the Queensland capital as the front runner to host the Games in 11 years time, ahead of fellow bidders Qatar, Germany, China, Hungary, India and Spain.

Australian Olympic Committee and Queensland officials will begin ‘targeted dialogue’ with an IOC panel overseeing the updated bidding process.

‘This decision is not a decision against anybody,’ IOC president Thomas Bach told reporters.

‘This is just a decision in favor of one interested party at this moment in time.’ 

If successful, Brisbane will become the third Australian city to host the Olympics held in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, which IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch hailed at the time as’ the best Olympics ever’. 

Brisbane has been listed as the frontrunner to host the 2032 Olympics. Pictured are sporting fans at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney

Brisbane has been listed as the frontrunner to host the 2032 Olympics. Pictured are sporting fans at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney

IOC officials will only engage with Australia during the targeted dialogue phase, rather than other countries who had also hoped to hold the Games. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the news announced early Thursday morning.

‘The 2032 Queensland Olympics would support our economic recovery by stimulating investment and creating thousands of jobs for our state,’ she tweeted.

‘We haven’t crossed the finish line yet – we’ve just moved a little further ahead in the race.’ 

Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll also acknowledged the long journey ahead while welcoming the news.

Officials will now begin 'targeted dialogue' with an IOC panel about its bid to host the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane (pictured)

Officials will now begin ‘targeted dialogue’ with an IOC panel about its bid to host the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane (pictured)

‘It’s another step on the process of securing the Games for Queensland and for Australia,’ Carroll told the Today show on Thursday.

He admitted it’s Australia’s bid to lose during the targeted dialogue phase.

‘If we don’t get to the finish like, they can put us back into the continuous dialogue engage with another city or country,’ Carroll said.

‘But the race is not over yet. You don’t declare victory until you get to the finish line.’ 

‘You could say it is ours to lose. But most importantly it’s ours to win.’

The news comes after almost three years after Queensland hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The IOC president at the time hailed the 2000 Olympics in Sydney as 'the best Olympics ever'.  Pictured is Cathy Freeman saluting the crowd after her famous victory in the 400m to win gold

The IOC president at the time hailed the 2000 Olympics in Sydney as ‘the best Olympics ever’.  Pictured is Cathy Freeman saluting the crowd after her famous victory in the 400m to win gold.

The AOC will now focus on the hard work ahead. 

‘This is an important next step in an ongoing dialogue with the Future Host Commission,’ AOC president John Coates said in a statement.

‘We are very clear that we must continue to work hard in outlining our vision for a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.’

The Games would be held primarily at three venue ‘hubs’ in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast under a Queensland government proposal.  

‘What the IOC has changed is that instead of having one host city, you can have cities or a region,’ Coates told Sunrise.

‘There will be two athletes villages – one on the Gold Coast and another ‘on the northern side of Queensland.’

International Olympic Committee shows IOC president Thomas Bach (pictured right) announced the news from IOC headquarters in Switzerland early Thursday morning

International Olympic Committee shows IOC president Thomas Bach (pictured right) announced the news from IOC headquarters in Switzerland early Thursday morning.

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Queensland may build new stadium if 2032 bid successful

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25 Feb 2021
A view of the Carrara Stadium
A view of the Carrara Stadium

Australia may build a new stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2032 Olympics if Brisbane secures the Games, Queensland state Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed.

Brisbane took a major step towards being named 2032 hosts after the International Olympic Committee said the city had been picked as the preferred partner to start talks for the Games.

"There is the option of one new big venue in terms of where we would have the opening ceremony but we may use Carrara as well," Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane.

Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, was used to host the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said the bid had earmarked 25,000-seat Carrara for the track and field events in 2032 but added that venues needed to be finalised.

Brisbane already has two major inner city stadiums -- the 42,000-seat Brisbane Cricket Ground, known as the "Gabba", and the 52,500-capacity Lang Park.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane have been earmarked as event and village hubs. Some soccer fixtures might be held in other regions of Queensland, Palaszczuk said.

Officials said 85% of venues needed to host the Games were already in place but they would need to fund improvements in transport infrastructure over the next 11 years.

Coates said the local, state and federal governments needed to be "at one" in terms of funding in order to host the Games "properly" across southeast Queensland.

"The future infrastructure and transport -- in particular, rail and road," he said.

Coates, also a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, played a key role in Sydney's successful bid for the 2000 Olympics.

He said the Brisbane bid could be endorsed in an IOC vote before the start of the Tokyo Games. "It will go to a vote and we've got to get 50% plus one, I'll be able to get those numbers," said the 70-year-old.

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Brisbane River could star in revamp of Olympic Games ceremonies

If southeast Queensland’s 2032 bid is successful, the opening or closing ceremony could be the most spectacular and cutting-edge in modern Olympics history. The Games could also see Suncorp Stadium transformed, allowing the largest crowd ever for the swimming events.

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By PETER GLEESON

>> December 7, 2019 <<
 

UP TO 2 million people could line the Brisbane River to see the most spectacular opening or closing ceremonies in modern Olympics history, as part of a cutting-edge Queensland-style revamp of the current model.

Multiple Olympics sources have told The Courier-Mail the break from tradition for one of the two major ceremonies would form part of the “new paradigm’’ being embraced by the International Olympic Committee.

There is also speculation that Suncorp Stadium would be completely overhauled for the Games, with a roof going on and an Olympic-sized pool and diving board built.

The Brisbane River could be used to reinvent the opening or closing ceremony of the 2032 Olympic Games. Picture is the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: AFP Andrej Isakovic
The Brisbane River could be used to reinvent the opening or closing ceremony of the 2032 Olympic Games. Picture is the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: AFP Andrej Isakovic

This would mean a crowd of close to 50,000 for the swimming, which would be the largest spectator number ever achieved for that event, which is traditionally Australia’s strongest.

The 65,000-seat Olympic stadium and athletes’ village would be built at either the Hamilton Wharves area or Albion Park racetrack, which will be vacated by 2023 as the trots and dogs move outside the city.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said yesterday Riverfire’s fireworks display each year showcased the Brisbane River to up to a million people.

“It’s very clear to me and the organising body that we need to use the river in a much more proactive way,’’ Cr Schrinner said.

More than 2 million people would line the Brisbane River during the Olympics opening or closing ceremony. Picture: AAP/David Clark
More than 2 million people would line the Brisbane River during the Olympics opening or closing ceremony. Picture: AAP/David Clark

“There is a distinct possibility that we could do something very special either opening or closing the Games with the river.

“What that looks like right now is hard to say because clearly there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before we get to talking about how that works and looks.


“But it’s a point of difference for us with the IOC and I know the IOC are looking to take the Games very much into the 21st century, in so many ways.’’

If the Brisbane River was to be used, organisers believe it is most likely to be the closing ceremony, where tradition can be more easily changed.

The plan would be to use floats on the river in some capacity, with a night-time extravaganza and fireworks being the centrepiece.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is understood to be “red hot’’ on throwing the conventional Olympics handbook out the window for a “razzle-dazzle’’ opening or closing ceremony.

She is bullish about Queensland’s 2032 Olympics prospects and will present the findings of a cost-benefit analysis to Cabinet on Monday. 

The Games bid has garnered widespread support from Queensland’s top business and sporting identities including Cathy Freeman and Ash Barty.

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$175 Million Motorsport & Entertainment Precinct – Wellcamp, Toowoomba

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The Queensland State Government has announced it will invest in a plan to develop Queensland’s largest entertainment precinct at Wellcamp near Toowoomba.  The $175 million Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct (WEP) is a Wagner family project that will see motorsport, driver-training and 40-000 person performing arts complex incorporated into the one venue.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland outlined that the plan has the potential to revolutionise the economy of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs.

“The Wagner family’s record of delivering world-class projects, especially in this region, is without peer”.

“Their vision, imagination and drive to succeed has turned paddocks into an international airport and trade distribution centre that, with the support of my Government, is also home to the Qantas Group Pilot Academy”.

“Now, the Wagners are ready to take Wellcamp to an entirely to new level – a vision that the Palaszczuk Government backs,” the Premier said.

John Wagner, Wagner Corporation Chairman outlined $95 million investment has already been committed by the Wagner Corporation to ensure the Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct has a fighting chance to prosper. Part of the Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct includes designed facilities to be ready for the 2032 Olympic Games if successful.

“The Wagner family will invest with the state and federal governments support in the order of $95 million of our assets and funds into this project”.

“We are keen to start construction early next year to help kick start the economy post COVID-19″.

“I’m very confident that south-east Queensland will win the 2032 Olympics bid”.

“We have put the land aside as part of this complex to be able to cater for Olympic events”.

“I’m very confident that if we do win the 2032 Olympics, we will have fast rail to the airport here, which will help serve the precinct as well”.

“I’m very excited about this,” “I think this will change the whole region,” Mr Wagner said.

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Cameron Dick, Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning also called on the Federal Government to match Queensland’s contribution to ensure the Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct can become a reality.

“The Palaszczuk Government supports the project with $40 million and today we call on the Federal Government to match this”.

“This precinct would aim to attract major events right across the performing arts, business, tourism, sport and events sectors, making it a perfect fit for our Darling Downs Regional Economic Recovery Plan, which I am releasing today”.

“We recognise that our response to COVID-19 is a long-term commitment that will need to be delivered over years, not months.

“That’s why we are committed to working with the community and business leaders like the Wagners in the Darling Downs to continue looking at creating more opportunities for future growth.”

“With the Wellcamp Entertainment Precinct, those opportunities could extend from advanced automotive manufacturing to accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and many other small businesses.”

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CREATING FUTURE SPORTING CHAMPIONS IN THE LEAD UP TO BRISBANE 2032 – TIMING, INVESTMENT AND STRATEGY IS EVERYTHING!

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March 16, 2021

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

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

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

Wth a possible Brisbane Olympics just over ten years away, the next crop of Australia’s sporting heroes are already in the current NSW Regional Academy System. This year 3200 athletes were talented identifies with 2400 going into pre-elite development programs in 27 different sporting codes.

Chairperson of RAS, Ian Robilliard OAM, outlined the need for investment for long term success must occur now and be guaranteed for a number of years,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grand Plan

Credit: 7 News Brisbane

February 25, 2021

The Games will be the biggest event in Queensland's history, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors. They're likely to help reshape the South East, but what will our cities look like during the @Olympics ?

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