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Sydney 2000 Olympic Anthem composers remember the Opening Ceremony

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Writing Sydney 2000’s Opening Number

Twenty years on and they’re still emotional.

“It was, and will always be, one of the greatest joys of my life,” says Vanessa Corish, who co-wrote Dare to Dream with her partner Paul Begaud, and Nashville’s Wayne Tester.

Hit play to hear how many billion people listened to Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham sing their song at the Opening Ceremony, and where they were while it all went down.

Duration: 6min 7sec
Broadcast: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 1:30pm
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Why has Australia's Olympic team been in decline since Sydney 2000 and what should be done to fix it?

Credit: ABC News Australia

By Brittney Kleyn

4 April, 2021

Key points:

  • The QAS is on an 11-year runway to overhaul its high performance sporting system
  • A two-year scholarship program to be launched by the QAS later this year will foster Australia's future coaches
  • Sports not yet on the Olympic agenda will also be identified to engage more youth appeal.
Cathy Freeman smiles and runs on track holding flags after Sydney 2000 Olympic win.

Cathy Freeman holding flags after her 400m win at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. (AAP: Dean Lewis)

The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was a defining moment in Australia's sporting history.

 

Perhaps it was Cathy Freeman's 400m victory or the men's 4x100m freestyle relay — 16 iconic gold medal moments made Sydney "the best Olympic Games ever".

With a population of just 18.2 million people at the time, Australia produced 58 medals, a feat described as an "extraordinary conversation rate"  for a country of that size.

"Australia was fourth on the medal table back then, off a population size of only 18.2 million — I mean extraordinary, extraordinary conversation rate," Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) CEO Chelsea Warr said.

For the past four Olympic games, Australia's position on the medal tally has declined significantly, falling as low as 10th place in Rio 2016.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed Brisbane as preferred host of the games in 2032, giving the QAS an 11-year runway to overhaul its high performance sporting system.

Game plan for Brisbane 2032

Chelsea Warr, the former director of performance with UK Sport, was a key figure behind Great Britain's success in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

"In 1996, [Great Britain was] 36th on the medal table and by the time London 2012 rolled around and then onto Rio 2016, [we were] second on the medal table," she said.

The QAS has appointed Ms Warr to increase Australia's medal-winning chances for Brisbane 2032.

"The opportunity to host and hold a home Olympic Games we all know is just transformational — not just for the state but for the nation — and you know the eyes of the world will be watching," she said.

Ms Warr has gathered the best minds in sports high performance to develop a game plan for the next 11 years.

"If we look at the profile of medal winners from Rio of the Australian team, 75 per cent of them were already ranked top 10 in the world four years before Rio," she said.

"We need to be really ready by 2028 in real terms if we're going to have a really good home games in 2032."

Promising young talent

Athletes like skateboarder Haylie Powell have already been identified as promising young talent.

At 15 years old, Powell could possibly debut alongside her sport at the Tokyo games later this year.  

"I never really thought of myself as an Olympian but now I'm kind of close, I reckon I could have an OK shot," Powell said.

The young Olympic-hopeful will be 26 in 2032 and said "it'd be really cool because [Brisbane is] only an hour from my house".

The optimal medal-winning age varies from sport to sport and Ms Warr said setting targets had been a big focus.

"How old do you actually need to be in order to develop in time, in the timeframes to become a world beater by 2032?" she posed.

Wheelchair basketballer Jordan Bartley is already 26 years-old but could still be playing well into his late 30s.

"It's pretty incredible if you think about it — there's nothing quite like playing on your home soil in front of your family and friends," he said.

But athletes are just the first step of the high-performance puzzle.

Need for strong mentors

The QAS will launch a two-year scholarship program later this year to begin fostering Australia's future coaches.

"The coach in many ways is like the conductor of the orchestra around the athlete to make sure that they're optimising his or her performances," Ms Warr said.

Benn Lees has been coaching elite water polo in Australia for almost 30 years, but fears young up-and-coming coaches could be falling through the cracks in the current system.

"It's something that we have identified at a state level here in Queensland that we need to really work to develop a strong mentor program," he said.

That was how Mr Lees learnt his craft in the early days, based out of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

"I had very strong and wonderful mentors at that time and I also got to work with and learn from coaches from other sports as well," Mr Lees said.

The QAS is also attempting to seek out the next generation of sports practitioners, the best minds in sports medicine and science, to optimise athlete development and performance.

"They all work together like a Formula 1 team around the athletes and the coaches to enable them to optimise their performances," Ms Warr said.

Early talent identification

The QAS has also hired Australian professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook last year as its director of elite success and partnerships.

Cook was born and raised in north Queensland and has already been touring the region with Ms Warr, as part of the QAS' early talent identification program.

"We know when we look at the profile of elite athletes, a disproportionate number of them have come from regional areas," Ms Warr said.

Looking at new sports

The QAS is also looking to identify sports not yet on the Olympic agenda, with the IOC likely to change the portfolio again, before 2032.

Skateboarding, BMX freestyle and surfing are among the new sports to debut in Tokyo.

"What we're seeing is the introduction of a lot of what they call these action sports … which is to try and engage more of a youth appeal to the Olympics going forward," Ms Warr said.

She said the difficulty would be adapting to these new sports, which historically had developed athletes through an organic, self-coaching model.

"We watch the Youth Olympics quite carefully to see what might be on the horizon, so for example we know that high diving might be one of those sports that come on in the future," Ms Warr said.

 

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HOW COAST CAN MAKE MOST OUT OF OLYMPICS

Credit: Gold Coast Bulletin

By Ann Wason Moore

April 4, 2021

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IOC critical of DOSB for "incorrect statements" over 2032 Olympic bid process

Credit: Inside The Games

By Michael Pavitt

2 April, 2021

Future Host Commission chair Kristin Kloster Aasen has reportedly accused the German Olympic and Sports Confederation (DOSB) of making "incorrect public statements" after the organisation criticised the transparency of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic bid process.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in February that it would open exclusive negotiations with Australian officials as part of a targeted dialogue phase, with Brisbane approved as their preferred bidder for the Games.

This followed the IOC Executive Board's decision to approve a recommendation from the Future Host Summer Commission.

Kloster Aasen had said that the DOSB had opted against entering into the continuous dialogue phase with the Future Host Commission group in February.

The outcome prompted criticism of several parties.

DOSB President Alfons Hörmann reportedly expressed surprise at the early announcement, with the official himself coming under fire from North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet, who has supported the privately funded Rhine-Ruhr bid.

Laschet claimed it was amazing that the DOSB had "no sense of what is going on at the IOC."

The ARD doping editorial team had reported that Kloster Aasen had sent a letter to the DOSB, following the organisation’s public statements.

"In view of the increasing number of incorrect public statements, I feel compelled to write to you today," Kloster Aasen reportedly wrote, according to ARD.

"On the one hand to express my surprise and disappointment and on the other hand to ask for a correction in view of our very clear and unambiguous discussions."

The Norwegian official reportedly claimed the DOSB had been made aware of theoretical changes to the award procedure on November 1.

It is claimed that the DOSB had opted to wait for official support for the Rhine-Ruhr bid, including the outcome of a public survey.

The letter claims that the DOSB were given updates in two video conferences in January, while Hörmann reportedly spoke to Bach about the bid process in February last year.

The DOSB has reportedly declined to comment on Kloster Aasen's letter.

Brisbane is expected to be the first city to be awarded a Summer Olympic Games under the IOC's new process for selecting the host of its flagship event.

In 2019 the IOC established Future Host Commissions, which identify and recommend venues for the Games and enter into dialogue with prospective countries and cities over staging them.

This has led to the previous approach of pitting competing cities against one another to host the Olympics for a given year, and then announcing the winner seven years in advance, being abandoned.

Bach has claimed that bidding races create "too many losers" which then do not bid again.

The Brisbane City Council voted in favour of the 2032 Summer Olympic and Paralympic bid on March 24 and despite officials claiming it is not a "done deal", the Games could be officially awarded at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 20 and 21.

The advancement of Brisbane to exclusive negotiations has not deterred potential bidders.

Seoul's Metropolitan Government described the IOC decision as a "surprise move", as the South Korean city announced a joint bid with Pyongyang in North Korea yesterday.

Officials in Budapest, Germany and Qatar have all indicated they will continue their plans to bid for the 2032 event over recent weeks.

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‘Bold & Visionary’: What Lockyer Valley will look like in decades time

A “bold and visionary” plan is for our region as 63,000 people are predicted to call the Lockyer Valley home by 2031. READ MORE:

Credit: The Chronicle

By Hugh Suffell
 

March 30, 2021

The Lockyer Valley will be “bold, brave and visionary” as it’s rapid population growth continues and major infrastructure projects get underway. 

It is projected that by 2031 about 63,000 people will call the Lockyer Valley home.

As talks ramp up on how our region could host Olympic Games events if Brisbane secures the 2032 event, Mayor Tanya Milligan has hinted what she believes the region will look like in a decades time. 

Water, transport and health will have a major focus, things that people “have an expectation to have,” Cr Milligan said. 

With many infrastructures projects either underway or in the pipeline, Cr Milligan said the Lockyer Valley would have a “bubbling CBD” in a decades time. 

“Plainland continues to attract businesses and investors very quickly,” Cr Milligan said.

She said as South East Queensland continued to grow, the Lockyer Valley would continue to welcome more people into the region who craved a different lifestyle. 


“We will have our secure water source,” Cr Milligan said - hinting that state government approval of the Lockyer and Somerset Water Collaborative business case was imminent. 

A key infrastructure project being advocated for is a new regional hospital to cater for the rapid growth in population around the Plainland and Hatton Vale areas. 

“I’d like to see it there by 2032,” Cr Milligan said. 

With an extra 1000 beds being built at the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, the need for closer health services will be necessary. 

Porters Hotel at Plainland has stood the test of time and has come a long way since it opened its doors in 1905. 

Owner and Marketing Manager, Mel Porter said it was “incredible to watch” the growth of Plainland, particularly over the past 10 years. 

“It has been hugely beneficial to a lot of businesses in the area,” Mel said. 

In 2019, Porters more than doubled their footprint to offer more space for dining, functions and accommodation to “continue to cater for our region’s growing needs,” Mel said. 

She told the Gatton Star that with “so many people calling Plainland home” there was a need for an emergency services hub. 

“Our closest fire, police and ambulance stations are all kilometres away”. 

On March 18, Cr Milligan and other South East Queensland mayors travelled to Canberra to express the need to the federal government to secure the SEQ City Deal. 

The deal would play a critical role in delivering the transport infrastructure the region needs to manage its growing population as well as enable a successful 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cr Milligan said there was an emphasis on connectivity, including transport and passenger rail, safer roads and protecting our environment through the Resilient Rivers initiative, as well as managing waste and recycling into the future. 

Discussion was also held in relation to the potential Olympics and the benefits this could bring to business, industry, the community and our international visitors, while fast tracking much-needed infrastructure projects.

“For the Lockyer Valley, the Water Collaborative project is an essential component of the City Deal and this is something I will continue to be passionate about delivering for our region,” Cr Milligan said.

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Where will sailing be held at a SE Queensland Olympics?

Credit: My Sailing

 By Roger McMillan

March 22, 2021

Last week, the authoritative Olympic website Inside the Games reported that Brisbane had taken “a huge step” towards securing the hosting rights for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the Australian region as its preferred candidate.

There has been considerable media discussion about possible venues for the various sports, but as yet no firm decisions have been made about sailing venues – assuming that sailing remains an Olympic sport in 11 years time.

An Australian Olympic Committee spokesperson said that “a number of sailing venues” have been identified in the Venue Masterplan.

“Work will continue during the Targeted Dialogue phase in refining all venue options. There is no timeline on these discussions, which are ongoing,”the person told Mysailing.

http://ec2-13-210-151-52.ap-southeast-2.compute.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/046a6223-22.jpgWhat we do know is that the Whitsundays is being heavily considered for the two-person double-handed offshore keelboat race – if that event survives a vote at World Sailing later in the year. World Sailing voted to include it for Paris 2024 in place of the Finn class, but a change of President and well-targeted lobbying by the Finn class mean the decision is being re-visited.

Even if the event survives the re-vote, and takes place at Paris as currently planned, there is no guarantee that it will still be an Olympic event in 2032. If there are logistical problems with security, massive costs, or if the race, that could last 12 times as long as the marathon and goes through the night, simply bores the pants off the TV audience, it will go the way of the Women’s Match Racing, which appeared only at London 2012 before being canned for Rio 2016.

If the event takes place, and it’s obviously a big “if”, the Whitsundays would be an ideal venue with all those islands and a good chance of trade winds and fine weather. It would probably be raced out of Hamilton Island, where CEO Glenn Bourke would provide plenty of experience at running major events, having been CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race and competition manager for sailing at Sydney 2000, among many other claims to fame.

There have also been unconfirmed rumours that kitesurfing would be held on the Sunshine Coast if SEQ gets the 2032 Games. Again, this makes sense from a TV point of view.

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But the big question is, where will the traditional sailing events be held – the Laser, 49er and multihull classes?

Sailing has often suffered for its need to have a venue that provides a big rigging area and a fair contest out on the water. More often than not, that means the sailing venue is in a different city to the major Games events such as track and field, swimming and cycling.

At London 2012, for example, the venue at Portland/Weymouth was excellent from a sailing point of view, but was 137km from the athletes village in London. This meant that the sailors missed out on rubbing shoulders with sporting superstars like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, with several of them saying the Olympics was “just a big Worlds”.

Even at Rio 2016, where the sailing was held in the city of Rio, it was still over an hour on the bus to the main stadium. And Enoshima, the sailing venue for Tokyo 2021, is over 60km from the main village.

One of the logical venues for sailing at SEQ 2032 is Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly, a coastal suburb of Brisbane. RQ has a huge rigging area and has run major events like Sail Brisbane and class world championships.

Manly is only 30km, or about half an hour by road, from the centre of Brisbane, meaning sailors would be able to stay in the main athletes village, making them feel part of the greater Games. Swimming, cycling and possibly canoeing would all be taking place within 10km of the sailing venue.

The downside is that Moreton Bay, while a nice enough place to sail, is not exactly “iconic Australia”. Protected from the ocean by North Stradbroke Island, the water colour is rarely a sparkling blue and the view from the water is primarily suburban Brisbane on one side and tree-covered island on the other. The wind, too, can be a bit fickle, making setting courses a challenge on light days.

The other venue that has been suggested is the Gold Coast. According to the IOC Feasibility Assessment document, there would be two athletes villages if SEQ gets the Games. The main one, a new development will be in Brisbane, while existing hotels would be used to host athletes based on the Gold Coast.

From a television perspective, the Gold Coast, with its iconic beaches and highrise towers, would certainly provide a spectacular backdrop for sailing events. Assuming that the rigging area would be on the Broadwater and sailing would take place on the open ocean, steady winds would be likely.

But, in my opinion, there is only one opinion that counts when deciding where to sail – that of the sailors. I would suggest that Australian Sailing asks current and past Olympic sailors and coaches which venue they would prefer – and then strongly recommends that venue to the AOC. They should do this soon, so that planning can commence immediately.

I know that this is a novel concept for Australian Sailing – asking the people most affected by a decision for their opinion before that decision is etched into stone – but I think it’s worth trying, just this once…

 

 

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NEW APPROACH TO FUTURE HOST ELECTIONS

THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW APPROACH TO ELECTING HOSTS FOR OLYMPIC GAMES AND YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES RESULTS IN SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS FOR POTENTIAL HOSTS, AS WELL AS MORE SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS AND MASTERPLANS. 

THE REFORMS ENSURE THE IOC REMAINS IN STEP WITH A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD TO DELIVER GAMES THAT ARE BETTER ALIGNED WITH FUTURE HOSTS’ LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLANS WHILE MAINTAINING THE INHERENT MAGIC OF THE GAMES AND PROVIDING THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE FOR ATHLETES.

Credit: International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made significant improvements to its approach to future hosts since the election of Thomas Bach as IOC President in 2013.

The reforms began in earnest in 2014 with the unanimous approval by the full membership of the IOC,* collectively known as the IOC Session, of Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement that, with a focus on increasing sustainability and legacies, led to a major review of all aspects of organising the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.

One of the key areas addressed by Olympic Agenda 2020 was the candidature procedure, with a new philosophy introduced that invited potential hosts to present  projects that best fit their sporting, economic, social and environmental-planning needs rather than trying to fit the local context to the Games. The goal was to create Olympic projects that are less expensive and that maximise operational efficiencies, while also unlocking greater value for future hosts, with a strong emphasis on legacy and sustainability.

Building on the success of these initiatives, 2018 saw the adoption of the New Norm, additional reforms that provided Olympic hosts with even more flexibility in designing the Games to meet their long-term development goals. The IOC also increased the assistance and expertise it and the wider Olympic Movement provided.

The impact of these reforms has been considerable. A one-year, non-committal dialogue stage introduced for the candidature phase of the Olympic Winter Games 2026, for example, resulted in significant cost reductions in both the candidature and operating budgets – approximately 80 and 20 per cent lower, respectively, than the average for 2018 and 2022. As a reflection of the IOC’s flexibility with regard to the use of existing and temporary venues, 80 per cent of the proposed venues for 2026 were existing or temporary, a 33 per cent increase from the 2018/2022 average of 60 per cent.

So effective and appreciated was the increased partnership during the 2026 dialogue stage that the IOC set up a Working Group in early 2019 to consider ways to build upon these elements for the future.

*IOC Members represent the athletes, International Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

INCREASED FLEXIBILITY AND DIALOGUE

Following consultation with the IOC Executive Board (EB), the Working Group recommendations were presented to and approved by the IOC Session in June 2019. The Executive Board then agreed on an action plan for their implementation in October 2019, resulting in the creation of a new, streamlined approach to future host elections that allows for increased flexibility and cooperation on a bilateral level.

This approach is creating greater opportunities for dialogue between the IOC and Interested Parties (cities/regions/countries/National Olympic Committees), while allowing for more flexibility with regard to the timing of future elections. In addition, Interested Parties are not necessarily limited to a single city but can refer to multiple cities, a region or a country.

The door is open to any Interested Party to enter into non-committal continuous dialogue with the IOC through two permanent Future Host Commissions (see below for more information). It also allows the IOC to target a potential host if deemed beneficial to the Olympic Movement.

The initial dialogue does not have to be edition-specific, with discussions intended to determine whether a potential host is best suited to organise an Olympic Games or a Youth Olympic Games, and when. The strict timelines and deadlines of the past no longer exist.

The IOC will continue to offer hands-on support and expertise to help define and develop projects in partnership with the Interested Parties that will produce many long-lasting legacies for the local populations.

The new approach mirrors the rapidly changing world we live in: As the governing body of the Olympic Movement, the IOC has positioned itself at the vanguard of innovation and development to help deliver the best possible Olympic projects with the most benefits for Olympic stakeholders and future hosts alike.

“We must continue to keep up with the fast pace of change in our current world,” said President Bach. “Flexibility is a necessity to ensure good governance and to have sustainable Olympic Games in the future. We will do that while maintaining the magic of the Games, the fundamental principle of universality and our commitment to having athletes at the centre of everything we do.”   

WHAT ARE THE INNOVATIONS ?
  • The establishment of a permanent, non-committal and non-edition specific ongoing dialogue to explore and create interest among Interested Parties for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games;
  • Once a potential host is identified, it does not mean the end of the line for other Interested Parties, as in the past. They can remain in Continuous Dialogue with the Future Host Commissions, to discuss hosting a future Olympic event.
  • The creation of two Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter) to oversee interest in future Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games and advise the Executive Board;
  • Giving the IOC Session more influence by having non-Executive Board members make up the Future Host Commissions.
FUTURE HOST COMMISSIONS

The two Future Host Commissions were appointed by IOC President Bach in October 2019. Both are gender-balanced and represent a full range of Olympic stakeholders, including athletes, International Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The Commissions comprise IOC Members who are not on the Executive Board to ensure that the IOC Session has even more influence by being involved from the very beginning of the dialogue. The full composition of the Commissions can be found here: Summer and Winter.

The Commissions will respect any confidentiality that may be requested by potential hosts as they work toward the development of the public and private dimensions of their project, as well as the content of any discussion of particular proposals.

The Terms of Reference of the Commissions and Rules of Conduct for the Commissions can be found here.

ROLE OF THE FUTURE HOST COMMISSIONS

The role of the Future Host Commissions is to continually explore, monitor and encourage interest in future Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and Youth Olympic Games.

The Commissions interact with potential hosts to determine the nature and extent of their possible interest and work with them to understand the various elements and opportunities of the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

The Commissions will assist interested parties in formulating a strong vision for their Olympic project and designing sustainable proposals that align with their long-term development goals.

The role of the Commissions is also to study the long-term challenges related to hosting future Olympic Games, such as climate change.

The Commissions will report regularly to the Executive Board, providing advice and recommendations regarding possible hosts to enable the Executive Board to be in a position to react to various developments and opportunities deemed to be in the best interest of the Olympic Movement.

CONTINUOUS VS TARGETED DIALOGUE – WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
 
CONTINUOUS DIALOGUE

With this new approach, the Future Host Commissions remain open for dialogue in perpetuity.

Continuous dialogue is exploratory in nature and non-committal, held with Interested Parties for a future Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games with the support of their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs). These discussions are non-edition specific.

Throughout this dialogue, the Commissions constantly monitor and analyse the projects, providing feasibility assessments that will form the basis for recommendations and advice provided at frequent intervals to the IOC Executive Board (EB).

TARGETED DIALOGUE

At any time, the EB can make the strategic decision to instruct the Future Host Commissions to enter into targeted, edition-specific dialogue with an Interested Party or Parties, who will then be referred to as Preferred Host(s).

The EB will base such a decision on a positive feasibility assessment from a Future Host Commission and on other factors, such as potential opportunity in terms of current global context (including socio-economic, geopolitical and universality factors), alignment with Olympic Agenda 2020 and Olympic Agenda 2020+5, and strong public support.

At this time, the Preferred Host(s) will be asked to submit a streamlined set of documents, including guarantees, while the Future Host Commissions will make more detailed evaluations of the project(s) and, if required, visit the Preferred Host(s).

Based on the evaluation report of the Future Host Commission, the IOC Executive Board can put one or more Preferred Host(s) forward for a vote by the IOC Session if all requirements have been met.

Should the Preferred Host(s) fail to deliver key requirements, the EB can instruct the Future Host Commissions to return to Continuous Dialogue with other Interested Parties.

VOTE BY THE IOC SESSION

The Session’s prerogative to elect Games hosts has been preserved.

Once the Executive Board has put forward the Preferred Host(s) to the IOC Session, IOC Members will have the opportunity to hear presentations, ask questions and provide comments before voting for the future host.

IOC Members therefore continue to be at the centre of the decision-making process.

BENEFITS OF THE NEW APPROACH

With its strong commitment to flexibility, sustainability, legacies and the optimisation of all aspects of the Olympic Games, the IOC aims with the new approach to remain in step with a rapidly changing world to deliver Olympic events that are fully aligned with future hosts’ long-term development plans and Olympic Agenda 2020 and Olympic Agenda 2020+5 while maintaining the magic of the Games and providing the best possible experience on and off the field of play for the athletes.

 

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Are the Olympics heading to Australia again? Key questions about Brisbane 2032 answered

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Fri 26 Feb 2021

 

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee named Brisbane as the “preferred partner” to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. What does this mean? Should you book your hotel room now? How much will this cost Australian taxpayers? We have the answers.

What has happened?

On Wednesday evening (AEDT), the executive board of the IOC met virtually. On the agenda was a discussion led by the organisation’s Future Host Summer Commission, which had been considering potential candidates to host the 2032 Games. The Commission recommended Brisbane, and the IOC board accepted its recommendation

Does this mean Brisbane will host the Games?

Not quite. The IOC will now enter exclusive negotiations, what it has termed “targeted dialogue”, with the Queensland bid. But it is not yet a done deal; other cities bidding for 2032 can remain in the race, and there are no guarantees that the next phase of discussions between Brisbane and the IOC will go smoothly. Until the IOC membership formally vote to accept a recommended host, anything is possible.

Is the bidding process different this time?

Indeed. In 2019, the IOC overhauled its selection process, with IOC president Thomas Bach suggesting that the old system led to “too many losers”. Under the prior approach, cities spent millions of dollars promoting their bids and lobbying IOC members. Sometimes competing bids remained neck-and-neck until right before the final decision. Last-minute lobbying by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, reportedly tipped the balance in favour of Sochi during bidding for the 2014 Winter Olympics. There have also been concerns about undue influence. Bach described the new approach as “less political” and “more sober”.

Are there any losers in this?

The new approach lends itself to a greater focus on the technical merits of bids and less on their political clout. But not everyone is happy. The announcement on Wednesday will be a major blow to other potential 2032 hosts; Qatar, Indonesia, India, Hungary, Germany and China had all expressed interest. While under the previous model they would have had more time to develop their bid and lobby for support, they are now all but out of the race – before it has even been run.

Concerns have also been raised about a conflict of interest; Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates is on the IOC executive and chaired a working group in 2019 that led to the new model being adopted (which ultimately favoured Brisbane). On Wednesday, Bach was adamant that Coates had no involvement in the Future Host Commission’s decision, and Coates says he recused himself from the discussions. Guardian Australia is not suggesting that there was any impropriety.

What happens next?

The IOC will now work directly with the Brisbane bid team to sort out the nitty-gritty detail. Once the paperwork is in place and the Queensland government have provided the IOC with the relevant guarantees, the IOC will put the bid forward for a yes or no vote from IOC members (ie national Olympic federations). While that is typically a formality, its timeframe is uncertain – the IOC “Sessions”, as they are known, typically occur on the sidelines of the Games in Olympic years. But with the uncertainty around Covid-19, it is unclear whether the Brisbane bid will get the green light in July.

Is there any concern over the cost of hosting?

The Olympic Games are synonymous with cost overruns, white elephant stadiums and grumpy taxpayers. The London 2012 Games had an estimated A$18bn price tag. The IOC says that sky-high hosting costs are a thing of the past. By focusing on bids with existing infrastructure, investing billions of its own money and leveraging commercial sponsors, the IOC is aiming for cheap Olympics and happy host cities. The AOC has publicly stated that the 2032 Olympics, if held in Brisbane, will be cost-neutral.

 

What makes the Brisbane bid so attractive?

In many respects, Brisbane is the perfect bid. Australia is internationally respected for its ability to competently host major international events. Many still have fond memories of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The Sunshine State hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which left athletes raving about their positive experiences. Between Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, Queensland already has most of the infrastructure it needs to host the Olympics. That minimises cost and any risk of construction delays. The only major proposed new development would be a 50,000-seater Brisbane Olympic Stadium, although the Gabba and Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium have been flagged as exiting alternatives. Add in the warm climate, nearby tourism destinations and the relaxed Queensland way of life, and the merits of the bid are clear.

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Sunshine Coast Olympic push for new convention centre in Maroochydore CBD gathers key support

Prominent Coast identities have thrown their support behind a bid to secure a regional convention centre in the new Maroochydore CBD for the 2032 Olympics.

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Scott Sawyer, Sunshine Coast Daily

April 5, 2021

Prominent Coast identities have thrown their support behind a bid to secure a regional convention centre in the new Maroochydore CBD as part of a 2032 Olympic Games bid. 

Long-time proponents of a convention centre project have backed Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien's push to secure a facility capable of hosting Olympic events and then being scaled up in future stages, as a showcase venue in the new city centre.

His desire to leverage the 2032 southeast Queensland Olympic bid to deliver a convention centre and a heavy rail link to Brisbane was matched by others which included prominent developer Rod Forrester and philanthropist Roy Thompson.

Documents released by the International Olympic Committee showed a convention centre had been earmarked for the Maroochydore CBD, to host basketball preliminaries and a media centre.

Here's what the high-profile identities had to say:

Ian Jobling:

The honorary director of University of Queensland's Centre of Olympic Studies and Noosa local said he thought it was a smart approach to try and leverage the Games bid to deliver a venue.

He said more than $2 billion worth of infrastructure funding would be available from the International Olympic Committee for the 2032 edition and the focus was now on helping deliver legacy projects to regional areas.

Dr Jobling said a performing arts centre in the Maroochydore CBD could double as a host venue for the likes of weightlifting and other events.

"We really need something … more appropriate," he said.

He said the 11-year lead in time was also beneficial as it gave local councils and other tiers of government time to budget for infrastructure improvements.

"We still have to be proactive in the regions," the honorary associate professor said.

Roy Thompson:

The region's most prolific philanthropist alongside his wife Nola, Mr Thompson has long been an admirer of the arts.

Mr Thompson said he backed the approach taken by Mr O'Brien and wanted the region to secure three things: an entertainment centre, an upgraded stadium and a heavy rail connection from Maroochydore to Brisbane.

"The big train, not that little thing (light rail)," Mr Thompson said.

"It'd be great to get those before the Olympics."

He said he would contribute personal funds to any entertainment/convention centre project in the Maroochydore city centre.

"I am definitely supporting it, no troubles," he said.

Alison Barry-Jones:

The former Maroochy Shire mayor has been a long-time campaigner for cultural infrastructure in the region.

She said she felt the Olympics was the catalyst to deliver such a venue and she was "150 per cent behind it".

She said it would be not just a cultural but a sporting advancement for the region.

"I think that we can do it," Ms Barry-Jones said.

She said the new CBD was the best place for the venue as the state government had designated it the "capital city of the Sunshine Coast".

Ms Barry-Jones said now was the time to leverage the opportunity and secure the project, which she said had always been designed as a long-term benefit for the region.

Ken Down:

The renowned architect who has designed some of the Coast's most recognisable landmarks said a facility of a $60-$80 million first stage scale which could be expanded was the right approach.

"We're talking about doing it sensibly, doing something we can afford," Mr Down said.

He said the Coast should jump at the opportunity the Olympics presented to secure significant civic infrastructure which included heavy rail.

"We need fast rail, the light rail to me is just a nonsense that somebody has fallen in love with," Mr Down said.

He said the Maroochydore CBD made sense as a convention centre location with the heavy rail corridor already in place.

Mr Down said he was certain a new convention centre would get buy-in from other benefactors and local funding sources.

"We've got an opportunity now," he said.

"It's about being clever."

He said the Coast was lacking culture and employment opportunities for youth and if performing arts, cultural centre and other uses could be wrapped into the new facility it would start to stack up as opposed to just a stand-alone convention centre which he said didn't make money in their own right.

Benny Pike:

The former Olympic boxer said the region needed to establish an Olympic task force, with everyone working together, to deliver for the whole of the Coast.

He said a new exhibition, entertainment and convention centre was a good starting point, but similarly to the lead-up to the 2000 Olympics, there had to be benefits for the whole region.

"If that centre is something that can be out of that, that's great, but there could be other things as well," Mr Pike said.

"We've got to work together as one group as we did 21 years ago."

He said much of the infrastructure delivered then was on the back of efforts of individual sporting associations too, who led the calls for improvements.

Rod Forrester:

The prominent property developer said he too was prepared to tip in personal funds to a convention centre project and said the opportunity was now.

He said the Coast was "so far behind" in infrastructure and lamented the fact that despite being half the size of the Gold Coast already the region lacked so much infrastructure compared to its southern counterpart.

"In every respect if you run a parallel we've got nothing like the infrastructure they've (Gold Coast) got," Mr Forrester said.

He said the CBD made sense for a new venue, with a heavy rail servicing it.

"It's infrastructure that can be used in more than one way," Mr Forrester said.

He said he couldn't see any other location for it in the region without it fragmenting the Coast.

"I like the idea that we can expand on it and build on it," he said.

"We need to capitalise on it (opportunity), even if it does need to be done in stages."

 

 

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Gold Coast votes to put ‘Borobi’ forward as Qld’s Olympic mascot

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By Monique StClair

9 March 2021

 

Tom Tate and Borobi

PHOTO: Mitchell Van Homrigh / myGC.com.au

Gold Coast Council is backing ‘Borobi’ to become the official mascot of the 2032 Olympics if the event comes to Queensland.

The lovable, blue Koala first bounced into our hearts and lives for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Making sporadic appearances over the years Borobi certainly wasn’t forgotten, but now there’s a push to put him forward for work once more.

Councillor Hermann Vorster says it makes plenty of sense.

“There are two costs of course – number one – you’re going to be de-risking a process. We saw the controversy around the London 2012 games where they quite frankly got it wrong.

“Borobi is a proven asset, there is no risk. so not only do you save money in terms of developing Borobi and protecting his intellectual property, but you also protect against the costs of maybe doing it a second time.

“Borobi is worth a tonne because he’s got intrinsic value, Queenslanders already know him, the Commonwealth already knows him, so when we go out to market if we’re successful with the 2032 bid, we’re going to have a running start.

The vote was unanimous at Gold Coast Council today.

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Third hotel pitched for Roma Street block amid CBD revitalisation

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By Matt Dennien
April 5, 2021 — 11.22pm

A key Brisbane CBD block could house a third hotel after plans for a 26-storey luxury development were lodged with the city council in March.

Close to the future Roma Street Cross River Rail station and proposed Brisbane Live precinct, the hotel has been pitched as the latest among a number of projects to revitalise the “long-standing eyesore” that is the south-west end of the city.

The site at 44 Roma Street, at the corner of Turbot Street, would deliver a “unique corporate traveller hotel development” with 212 rooms and an open, double-height foyer, documents lodged with Brisbane City Council state.

A European restaurant occupies much of the corner site.

What is described as a grand staircase would take people from street level to a restaurant and lounge in the development, according to plans by architecture firm Buchan.


From there, each hotel room is expected to have views to either the CBD, South Bank or Roma Street Parklands.

 

While little outdoor space was included, greenery would feature in places across the tower’s facade. Double-glazed windows would block the worst of the afternoon sun on the large western face.

The site also features a half-basement level, expected to house services for the proposed development, but no parking facilities.

Hotels operated by Mercure and Pullman occupy the remaining Roma Street side of the block.

Located between King George Square and the city’s court precinct, with the under-development transport hub and possible entertainment precinct nearby, the area is undergoing significant change.

In addition to the Cross River Rail works, a 38-storey commercial development by Mirvac is being built directly west along Turbot Street, stretching from a frontage on Ann Street to the heritage-listed Brisbane Fruit and Produce Exchange buildings.

While the proposal for the $2.1 billion 17,000-seat Brisbane Live arena hit a snag last year when the Queensland Audit Office found it was not economically viable, the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority was testing the private sector’s “appetite for the project” and will report to cabinet on whether to proceed.

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Gold Coast votes to put ‘Borobi’ forward as Qld’s Olympic mascot

Really shouldn't reuse the Comm Games mascot.

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Construction starts on Queensland Academy of Sports’ new gym and sports science centre

The place Queensland Olympians call home is in for a major revamp with a state-of-the-art gym and sports science centre on the way.

Credit: The Courier Mail

By Brayden Heslehurst

April 6, 2021

Future Queensland Olympians are set to receive a boost which could give them a competitive edge with an old facility at the state’s home for elite athletes to be transformed into a $9.8 million, world-class gym and sports science centre.

Olympic discus thrower Matt Denny and Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe kicked-off preparations for construction on the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre’s new facility last week, taking sledgehammers to the old indoor basketball hall which will make way for the gym.

QSAC is home to the Queensland Academy of Sport, which is the home for almost 600 elite athletes from 35 different sports.

The project will also include a second stage which will convert the current, smaller gym space into a centre of excellence in sport science with upgraded biomechanical and physiological testing areas, a new blood lab and an instrumented running track. 

“In 2018 the need for a gym upgrade was identified to create more space for more athletes,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.


“While the QAS has outgrown its gym complex, the Palaszczuk Government also wanted to incorporate the very latest in scientific research and innovation in training, development, injury prevention and rehabilitation to ensure Queensland’s elite athletes are at their very best for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.”

Mr Hinchcliffe said the design of the QSAC upgrade meant the QAS would be a one-stop-shop for athletes with the gym located close to health suites delivering support for physiotherapy, medical and sport dietary needs. 

Artist impression of the new gym and sports science centre at QSAC.
Artist impression of the new gym and sports science centre at QSAC.

“Once completed, Performance Support Teams will be able to provide greater and more targeted training expertise to keep Queensland athletes at the top of their game on the national and world stage,” he said.

“The refurbishment also delivers high-performance programs and a world-class training centre for interstate and international teams preparing for elite sporting events, which also supports local jobs and Queensland’s economic recovery.”

The new facility is also set to provide Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic Games a major boost with the city considered the favourite to host the event.

“QSAC’s $9.8 million high-performance upgrade will be an added asset for ‘targeted dialogue’ with the International Olympic Committee about a potential Queensland Games in 2032,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.

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Brisbane preferred candidate for 2032 Olympic Games

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   The gold winning Australian eventing team at Sydney 2000             Photo courtesy Julie Wilson

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed Brisbane, Australia as its preferred candidate for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The announcement came following the Executive Board’s meeting on 24th February, following the recommendation of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad to enter into ‘targeted dialogue for the Games of the XXXV Olympiad’.

The Future Host Commission was created in 2019 to identify and recommend venues for the Games as opposed to the previous costly and cut-throat ‘city bidding’ system where winners were announced seven years in advance. Brisbane is likely to be the first city awarded a Summer Olympic Games under this new selection process.  Countries such as Qatar, India, Indonesia, China, Germany and Hungary, had also expressed an interest in staging the Games in 2032 and will be involved in on-going discussions, should Brisbane fail to meet the final requirements

“The decision to advance the process was taken at this particular moment, given the uncertainty the world is facing right now” say the IOC “This uncertainty is expected to continue even after the COVID-19 health crisis is over. The IOC is considering seizing the momentum offered by the excellent project of Brisbane 2032 and the AOC, in this way, bringing stability to the Olympic Games, the athletes, the IOC and the whole Olympic Movement.”

The Future Host Commission will now start a targeted dialogue with the Brisbane 2032 Committee and the AOC and will report back to the IOC EB on the outcome of these discussions in due course. If all the requirements are met, the IOC EB can propose the election of the future host of the Games of XXXV Olympiad to the IOC Session. If the discussions are not successfully concluded, Brisbane 2032 will re-join the continuous dialogue

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

According to the IOC press release, the main reasons why Brisbane 2032 was proposed for the targeted dialogue are:

  • The very advanced Games concept, which is fully aligned with Olympic Agenda 2020 and using 80 to 90 per cent existing or temporary venues.
  • The venue masterplan, which has already been discussed with International Sports Federations and the International Paralympic Committee.
  • The high level of experience in hosting major international sports events.
  • The favourable climate conditions for athletes in July and August, despite the current global challenges caused by climate change.
  • The alignment of the proposed Games with South-East Queensland’s long-term strategy (“SEQ City Deal”, February 2019) to improve local transport infrastructure, absorb demographic change and promote economic growth.
  • Australia’s sporting success throughout modern Olympic history. The last Games in Oceania were Sydney 2000, which would mean the Games returning to the continent 32 years later.
  • The existing and planned transport infrastructure and experience in traffic management, which can adequately meet the demands of the Olympic Games and were successfully implemented for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
  • The existing hotel accommodation inventory, which already meets Games requirements.
  • Strong support from all three levels of government, as confirmed on several occasions by highest-level representatives from the City of Brisbane, the Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors, the State of Queensland and the federal government.
  • The strong public support and that of the private sector.
  • Australia’s high scores on human development indices, in particular its great progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

In evaluating Brisbane 2032’s proposal, the IOC also took into consideration detailed information from independent third-party sources, including the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and numerous UN agencies including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The commitment of Australia and Oceania to Olympic sports has grown remarkably since the fantastic Olympic Games Sydney 2000. This is why we see such strong public support. We decided to seize an opportunity to take to the next stage our discussions about returning 32 years later. In this way, we are also acknowledging the strength of the Australian team and other athletes from across the continent of Oceania at the Olympic Games over the past decades.”

Chair of the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad Kristin Kloster Aasen added: “We are delighted the IOC Executive Board agreed with the Commission’s recommendation to invite Brisbane 2032 to targeted dialogue. The IOC EB and the Commission noted the excellent progress that it has made, the strength of its proposition and the strategic opportunities it affords to the Olympic Movement. It meets all the criteria to be invited to move into the next stage.”

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How the southeast could accommodate sudden influx of Olympic visitors

If the southeast were to host the Olympics we’d need 81,000 hotel rooms, but there are only 44,500 currently available. A report has floated a novel suggestion to solve the problem.

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By Daryl Passmore

February 22, 2019
 

A FLEET of cruise ships could be used to help accommodate tens of thousands of visitors for a future Olympic Games.

A report into the feasibility of staging the event forecast a need for 81,000 hotel rooms across the region. But there are only 44,500 currently available – 24,000 on the Gold Coast, 18,500 in Brisbane and 2000 on the Sunshine Coast.

New developments already planned such as The Star Entertainment Group’s new Queen’s Wharf and the expansion of its Gold Coast precinct will take the number up to just under 60,000.

The report suggests addressing the shortfall in part by using cruise liners as floating hotels.
The report suggests addressing the shortfall in part by using cruise liners as floating hotels.

The report said while filling the gap would be “a significant challenge’’, it’s one that can be met. It suggests addressing the shortfall in part by using cruise liners as floating hotels.

The new Brisbane cruise ship terminal, which is due to open next year, will be able to handle some of the biggest ships in the world.

Other options include scheduling university and school holidays to free up thousands of units in student accommodation.

An artist render of the Port of Brisbane cruise ship terminal.
An artist render of the Port of Brisbane cruise ship terminal.

And a purpose-built media village could host tens of thousands of broadcasters and journalists.

In addition to a main athletes’ village in Brisbane, satellite villages would also be constructed on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts to accommodate sportspeople competing in events in those areas.

Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said major development zones with long planned construction time frames, such as Hamilton Northshore, could be used to provide athlete or media accommodation and be reconfigured to apartment blocks following the Olympics.


“That’s potentially an attractive option and should be investigated,” Mr Mountford said.

Brisbane City Council has previously waived infrastructure fees and charges to stimulate development of four and five-star hotels in the city, resulting in a host of new projects including the W and Westin hotels.

Mr Mountford said similar incentives could help encourage another wave of hotel construction.

“But there needs to be a clear demand beyond an Olympics to give investors confidence.”

He said the Commonwealth Games had proven major events could create a stimulatory effect on the local economy, with a seven-year upward trajectory from the time the Gold Coast bid to host it.

And a southeast Queensland Olympics could be a great opportunity to create new vibrant precincts.

“London used the 2012 games as a catalyst to revitalise a huge area,” Mr Mountford said.

He said the Property Council was supportive of moving to the next stage of a possible bid process, but it was critical to keep the focus on using it as the means to deliver the infrastructure the region needs.

“The Council of Mayors has been clear and consistent in that.

“The risk would be that we deviated from that path and got caught up in the event itself.

 

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Brisbane Metro Flashback:

Council announces fully-electric Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet

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November 23, 2019
 
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Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced that Brisbane’s new turn-up-and-go Metro project will be powered by a fleet of fully electric vehicles.

Cr Schrinner said Civic Cabinet had approved the preferred tenderer involving Brisbane-based supplier Volgren and world-leading electric-vehicle producer HESS to deliver 60 vehicles for the Brisbane Metro.

He said the announcement would create up to 40 jobs in Brisbane for fit-out of the Metro vehicles and construction of charging facilities, while giving Brisbane commuters access to the best European electric vehicle technology on the market today.

The decision to select a clean, green battery-powered electric vehicle for the Brisbane Metro would future-proof the project and put the city at the leading edge of modern mass transit.

“The tender process produced some cutting-edge thinking from the bidders, meaning we will have a near-silent, fully electric transport system.

“Flash charging technology at each end of the route will recharge the vehicles in just six minutes, meaning passengers will get home safer and quicker in a Metro vehicle with no tailpipe emissions.

“I think the people of Brisbane will be very excited about these vehicles, and proud that their city is taking a positive step to cut vehicle pollution – saving an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over 20 years, not to mention the cost savings on fuel,” Cr Schrinner said.

A pilot Metro vehicle will be delivered in 2020 for trials and testing in local operating conditions.

A further 59 Metro vehicles will follow, with fit-out and finishing to take place at Volgren’s Brisbane base at Eagle Farm. This project will develop and expand local technology and capacity, creating economic opportunities and more jobs as the future fleet can include a greater local build component.

Each Metro vehicle will be 24.4 metres long and 2.55 metres wide and carry 150 people. They will feature a three-carriage design, with four large double doors and a fully segregated driver’s cabin.

Artist's impression of new electric Brisbane Metro vehicle Artist’s impression of new electric Brisbane Metro vehicle

The vehicles include USB ports and free Wi-Fi for all passengers, a low floor from front to rear to improve accessibility and a panoramic rear window to showcase city views.

And most importantly, the turn-up-and-go Metro will revolutionise the way Brisbane people travel by doing away with the need for timetables.

“Brisbane Metro will provide services every three minutes in peak periods, reducing travel times by up to half, alleviating congestion, and improving the greater public transport network,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Rather than hundreds of buses travelling into the city, they’ll link with high-capacity and high-frequency Metro services running along dedicated busways, including 24-hours a day over the weekend.”

The contract for the Metro vehicle pilot is expected to be endorsed by a full sitting of Council on Tuesday 26 November 2019 with the detailed vehicle design starting in early 2020.

Preliminary works for Brisbane Metro will commence around the Cultural Centre in January 2020.

Brisbane Metro Facts

  • The HESS/Volgren proposal for the Brisbane Metro vehicle offers a zero-tailpipe emission, fully electric fleet of vehicles with state-of-the-art flash charging infrastructure with the ability to charge in under six minutes at the end of each route.
  • Each Metro vehicle features a bi-articulated (three carriage) design, four large double doors and capacity for 150 people in comfort, and up to 180 people in event mode.
  • The Metro vehicles feature nearly silent operation, meaning a significant reduction in noise pollution compared with diesel and diesel-hybrid vehicles.
  • Each Metro vehicle will be capable of accelerating at speeds equal to or better than existing buses, and will be able to maintain a top speed of 90km/h, the maximum speed permitted on the busway.
  • As part of Brisbane Metro, Council will construct a depot facility at School Road, Rochedale which will provide storage for the new Metro vehicle fleet and charging facilities.
  • Stage 1 of Brisbane Metro will provide a 21-kilometre service connecting 18 stations along dedicated busways between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and University of Queensland. Stage 2 may see services expanded to Carindale in the South East and to Chermside and the Airport in the North.

 

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Victoria Park vision relvealed to the public

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December 6, 2020

A high-ropes course, nature and water play, canopy walk and multiple dog off-leash areas are all part of the vision for Brisbane’s biggest new park in 50 years.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Victoria Park Vision was now finalised, with the start of the transformation and delivery of residents’ exciting ideas just months away.

“In June next year the 18-hole golf course will close and the vision for more native bushland, trees and adventure experiences will come to life, with the first stage of the vision able to get underway,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Our first priority is opening up more of Victoria Park to visitors so they can enjoy the greenspace while the exciting elements of the vision come together and we revegetate the former golf course.

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“We have been working with residents for more than a year and a half to develop this vision. It started with more than 5400 ideas put forward to develop the draft vision which attracted feedback from more than 2000 people.

“The transformation of Victoria Park is one of the most exciting to things to happen in Brisbane for decades and we are now just over six months away from starting to deliver the vision that we created together and will last a lifetime.

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“The community wanted to see more trees and we listened, with the vision setting out even more opportunities to increase the tree canopy, shade and natural bushland from 10 per cent to 60 per cent.

“They wanted a park that speaks to its original landscapes and people and we’re continuing to work with Traditional Custodian groups to determine appropriate design features that acknowledge the park’s history and celebrates our future, in the outdoors.

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“Opportunities for everyone to get around the park have also been enhanced, with a more accessible bridge, canopy walk and on-ground pathways.

“The park will feature cycle routes, an adventurous high ropes course and a nature and water play gully and will be a magnet for visitors so we also want to make sure it has prime public and active transport connections by preparing a transport strategy for the parkland.”

Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chair Fiona Cunningham said Victoria Park was scheduled to open as a public parkland after the golf course closes in June 2021, with the popular putt putt course, driving range and function centre set to remain.

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“We’re investing $83 million over four years to start to bring Brisbane’s biggest new park to life and now that we have the vision, we can get to work with further detailed studies and developing a comprehensive master plan for the iconic inner-city site,” Cr Cunningham said.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine a significant green space, so we’ll continue to work with residents and seek public feedback to make sure we get it right.”

 

 

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Australia: 2032 Olympics in Brisbane, where exactly?

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26.02.2021

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IOC announced that Brisbane is the preferred host city for the next available Olympics. Now the main question is: which stadiums will be used?

Here’s all we know so far.

When the International Olympic Committee announced the preferred host of the 2032 Olympics would be selected between 2021 and 2025, few were expecting the decision to come already in February of 2021. And yet here we are, at Brisbane 2032.

The phrase ‘preferred host’ is crucial in this case. For the first time in decades the selection procedure didn’t include a long and expensive arms race between candidate cities. Instead, interested cities announced their willingness and IOC went forward to evaluate their potential. Aside from Brisbane, the list included Doha, Jakarta, Madrid, Mumbai and Germany’s NRW conurbation.

 

So, as things stand, we have no official logos, master plans and a concept of the main stadium. What we have is the IOC and Brisbane sitting down to work out the optimal scenario. This new, less spectacular route comes as the outcome of international pressure on the IOC to end the lavish games format, with bill paid by taxpayers.

Because of these changes, Brisbane is expected to use at least 80% of existing facilities, with the potential to push that figure to even over 90%. Of course, many will require upgrades or significant expansions but not to the tune of previous tournaments.

IOC’s own evaluation report proposes using 14 venues unchanged, 5 with long term upgrades planned either way, 5 temporary for the games only and finally 7 new venues. This totals at 31, not counting two Olympic villages.

Three options for main stadium

Times of event-specific stadia holding 80,000 seats seem to be gone for good. Even if the IOC suggests building the main stadium from scratch. It would sit north of downtown, within the Crosby Park / Albion Park area. The event capacity would be lower than before, however, at 50,000. The stadium could also be largely temporary.

Should a more economic option be chosen, there are two existing stadiums that could be used. First, the Gabba (or Brisbane Cricket Stadium), which has went through a series of renovations over the past 20+ years. The ground already holds 40,000 and this capacity would supposedly satisfy the IOC.

The second option would see opening and closing ceremonies moved out of Brisbane, to Gold Coast. Here, the 2018 Commonwealth Games host Carrara Stadium (currently Metricon Stadium) would welcome visitors. Its current capacity is 25,000, to reach 40,000 for the Olympics.

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Football tournament covering all of East Australia

The football tournament would have its final in Brisbane, at the existing Suncorp Stadium. In total, five grounds would be located around Brisbane. But the remaining four span from North Queensland to Melbourne. Below you’ll find the list of proposed venues, as presented in the IOC’s evaluation report.

Stadium City Status Capacity
 Suncorp Stadium  Brisbane  existing / renovation  53,000
 Sydney Football Stadium  Sydney  under construction  42,500
 AAMI Park  Melbourne  existing  30,000
 Cbus Super Stadium  Gold Coast  existing  27,400
 Queensland Country Bank Stadium  Townsville  existing  25,000
 Barlow Park  Cairns  existing / expansion  20,000
 Ipswich Stadium  Brisbane  existing / expansion  20,000
 Sunshine Coast Stadium  Sunshine Coast  existing / expansion  20,000
 Toowoomba Sports Ground  Toowoomba  existing / expansion  20,000

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Brisbane construction sector bounces back with crane boom

Major projects are helping Brisbane’s construction sector rebound from COVID-19, with more than 70 cranes dotting the CBD skyline in the past three months

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By Glen Norris

April 8, 2021 - 12:00AM

The Australian Business Network
 
Brisbane and Melbourne have seen increases in cranes.

Brisbane and Melbourne have seen increases in cranes

Brisbane’s construction sector is bouncing back from COVID-19 with the largest increase in cranes on its skyline in almost a decade helped by major projects such as Queen’s Wharf.

The RLB Crane Index, which measures construction activity in cities around Australia, found 48 cranes had been added in Brisbane during the first quarter and 27 removed, resulting in a total of 71 cranes active across the city.

The index, published by building consultants Rider Levett Bucknall, found that nine cranes were helping build the $3bn Queen’s Wharf integrated resort, which continued to be one of the largest projects in Australia and accounted for 12 per cent of all cranes in Brisbane. It was the largest increase in crane numbers since the index began in 2012.

There are currently 691 cranes working on key projects across Australia, an increase of 16 over the past six months as the nation invested in an infrastructure-led recovery.

Melbourne experienced an increase in 107 cranes as projects such as Caulfield Village and the redevelopment of Bethlehem Hospital started.

Cranes working on the Queen's Wharf development in Brisbane.
Cranes working on the Queen's Wharf development in Brisbane.

Brisbane developments with two or more cranes included Queen’s Wharf, Waterfront Newstead, Inner City South State Secondary College, the Eco Science Precinct, Jubilee Place., Wren Medical Precinct, Somerset Indooroopilly and South City Square.

Rider Levett Bucknall Oceania director of research and development Domenic Schiafone said the past six months had seen the country slowly accelerate toward a post-COVID new normal but overall conditions remained challenging.

“The Federal Government’s stimulus measures have assisted the economy but the impact of construction is seeing the industry operate at two speeds,” said Mr Schiafone.

He said that while detached housing and civil projects had been helped by federal and state government incentives, multistorey residential developments were continuing to decline.

“The industries hardest hit by the lockdown during 2020, namely tourism, retail and commercial all recorded falls in the number of cranes across the country,” said Mr Schiafone. “Uncertainty as a hangover from 2020 is still prevalent and we see testing times ahead. We anticipate the economic impacts of COVID-19 to be felt for the duration of 2021.

“It’s not from a lack of activity, but to get things going you need to have finance in place and enough presales to justify starting projects.

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Construction work across Australia dropped by 4.2 per cent last, representing a loss of $5bn to the industry. Residential work fell 7.2 per cent, or 5.4bn, caused by fewer apartment projects.

Cranes working on residential projects remain most prevalent in Brisbane, accounting for almost half of cranes, followed by mixed-use developments such as Queen’s Wharf.

Around the country, Sydney continued to be the main driver of the index with 286 cranes sighted in the city followed by Melbourne with 193 cranes.

“Government-sponsored civil projects continue to expand across the nation while education and civic projects also have grown sharply,” said Mr Schiafone. “Contractors have reported they have been quite active from a tendering perspective and perhaps more than expected.”

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IOC approves set of reforms for Games, host cities

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13 March 2021

The International Olympic Committee on Friday unanimously approved a set of 15 reforms it hopes will again turn the Olympics into an attractive prospect for fans, cities and sponsors through reduced cost, an increased digital presence and new revenues streams.

REUTERS: The International Olympic Committee on Friday unanimously approved a set of 15 reforms it hopes will again turn the Olympics into an attractive prospect for fans, cities and sponsors through reduced cost, an increased digital presence and new revenues streams.

The IOC has seen its key product - the summer and winter editions of the Olympics - lose some of its shine in recent years, failing to ignite enthusiasm among potential host cities, scared off by the size and cost of the world's biggest multi-sports event.

"The coronavirus crisis has changed our world in fundamental ways," IOC President Thomas Bach told the organisation's session.

"The world will never again be like it was before. Even once we have finally overcome the health crisis, we will face the far-reaching social, financial, economic and political consequences."

A previous set of reforms, 'Agenda 2020', was passed in 2014 but did not stop the exodus of cities midway through bidding processes for the 2018, 2020 and the 2022 editions of the Games.

The postponement last year of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - the first to be delayed outside world war periods - by 12 months further affected the image of the Games and the IOC's finances.

The latest reforms are based on five pillars that include digitisation, sustainability development and financial resilience and according to the IOC are designed to better position the organisation and the Games in the global environment after the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Among the reforms approved on the last day of the IOC's virtual session are the improvement of legacy plans for Games that would leave a bigger positive impact for the local community and also to consider the addition of physical virtual sports, such as stationary cycling, in the Olympic programme.

The IOC has for years been trying to stop the rising age profile of its Olympic supporters and inject new blood into its spectator base and its involvement with virtual sports is seen as a way to do this successfully.

The IOC has already awarded the 2024 summer Games to Paris, the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles after reforming the bidding process in 2014 and a few weeks ago picked Brisbane as the preferred hosts for the 2032 edition.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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