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Sunshine Coast Council announces confidential meeting about Queensland’s Olympic Games bid

Tegan Annett, Sunshine Coast Daily

April 14, 2021

Sunshine Coast councillors will discuss the region's contribution to Queensland's Olympic Games bid in a confidential meeting on Thursday. 

The Sunshine Coast could play a vital role if Brisbane is successful in its 2032 games bid, with potential for the region to host a range of events.

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Very exciting!!!! This is real now!!!    A live in Melbourne and as much as I love my city, I would’ve had soccer in Queensland instead. A missed opportunity to not have Metricon Stadium used. 

IOC EB Meetings aren’t broadcast. There is a press conference after each one that can be accessed via the IOC Media YouTube Channel. IOC Sessions are generally broadcast to the same channel and O

A second Olympic Games in my lifetime. Bring on Brisbane 2032. 

Why cricket doesn’t deserve to be an Olympic sport

Over the last few years cricket’s distant Olympic dream has steadily been gathering pace.

Hope has been raised that the sport could be included in the 2028 Los Angeles games. However, the 2032 competition, which appears set to be held in Brisbane, looks far more realistic a target, and Cricket Australia have already expressed their interest in making Australia’s national sport a feature at the games

9 April 2021

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Rugby league to make bold push for Olympics inclusion as part of sweeping changes

This year’s World Cup is just the start as the new man in charge of the international game is flagging sweeping changes with an emphasis on earning an invite to sport’s ultimate event.

By Michael Carayannis

April 11, 2021 

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How will hosting the Olympic Games in 2032 benefit Brisbane?

 

Brisbane is in the box seat to host 2032 Summer Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Future Host Summer Commission designated the Queensland capital as the preferred candidate city.

Under the IOC’s revamped selection process, it is seen as the first major step towards the bid being rubber stamped as Brisbane follows in the footsteps of Melbourne and Sydney to become an Olympic host city.

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3 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

When will John Coates have that long-awaited hernia operation?   :wacko:

Will it be carried on the Olympic Channel??  
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... probably the day after the Host City contract is signed.

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7 hours ago, kevzz said:

The should cancel Tokyo this year and let them have 2032. Sorry Brisbane can wait till 2036 if it still wants it. 

Tokyo looks still to be going ahead.

If it does end up being cancelled, the Japanese people won’t stomach another Games as they are against these 2021 Games by a big majority.

In any case, the 138th IOC Session will go ahead regardless this July when Brisbane/SEQ expected to be elected 2032 Host City. 

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Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio leaks which sport council will push for if Brisbane is picked to host 2032 Olympic Games

Cr Antonio’s loose-lipped comments on Thursday came a day after Toowoomba Regional Council agreed behind closed doors to partner with the State Government on the event.

By Tom Gillespie

April 16, 2021 - 12:00AM

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Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio leaks which sport council will push for if Brisbane is picked to host 2032 Olympic Games

Cr Antonio’s loose-lipped comments on Thursday came a day after Toowoomba Regional Council agreed behind closed doors to partner with the State Government on the event.

By Tom Gillespie

April 16, 2021 - 12:00AM

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So which sport is it? Article is paywalled. 

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So which sport is it? Article is paywalled. 

 

By Tom Gillespie

April 16, 2021 - 12:00AM

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”During a press conference urging people to go to this year’s Toowoomba Royal Show, Cr Antonio said it was hoped the showgrounds could host equestrian events.

“There’s tremendous potential, and there could be an Olympic event at the showgrounds in Toowoomba in 2032,” he said.”

“We are going to attempt to get events to Toowoomba.”

“Council made a decision yesterday to support the bid for the Olympic Games in southeast Queensland, and just look at the facilities they’ve got there in terms of equestrian, and why wouldn’t we attempt to do that?

“There is a little bit more (there) that I shouldn’t have told you, but I did.”

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Shine on Brisbane - the history of Australian Olympic bids and Brisbane's long road to hosting the Games 

Ever since an F111 swooped over Sydney’s Olympic stadium at the end of the 2000 Games to capture the Flame in its afterburn, the Australians have made no secret of their wish for the Games to return to the land of the Southern Cross.

It is 125 years since the first Olympic Games were revived in Athens, but only three times have they taken place in the Southern Hemisphere.

By Philip Barker

Sunday, 28 February 2021

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Brisbane 2032 Bid Reaches Milestone

8 April 2021

(ATR) In the week when Seoul announced a proposal to jointly host an Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032 with South and North Korea, Brisbane quietly delivered its latest 2032 submission to the IOC.
 
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AOC Annual Report:

John Coates notes considerable progress with Brisbane’s Bid

Mr Coates also noted the considerable progress in Brisbane’s ambition to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.

While the pandemic led to the AOC requesting a pause in the candidature efforts with Federal, State and local government stakeholders, essential work preparing a Games Masterplan and Transport Plan continued.

16 April 2021

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Barcelona 2.0?

8 April 2021

Locals believe that Barcelona is the closest example of what a Brisbane Games might look like.

One senior Queensland government official told Around the Rings“The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk watched the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and said: “I want to go there”, which she did. We feel that these Games will similarly put Brisbane and Queensland on the global map and will generate an incredibly positive post-COVID bounce for tourism to this region, which is a critical industry for the state of Queensland.”

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Queensland needs Commonwealth guarantees to help secure Olympics

Queensland is calling on the Commonwealth to finalise guarantees the state needs to move forward with its bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.

The state government is pushing ahead with its bid, after being granted “preferred” status by the International Olympic Committee earlier this year, and Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates personally attended a meeting of the Palaszczuk cabinet on Monday.

19 April 2021

By Stuart Layt

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IN PICTURES: Gabba to get $1bn Olympic-sized transformation

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By Jessica Marszalek State Political Editior

20 April, 2021

Supplied artist impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.

 

More than $1 billion will be spent totally redeveloping Brisbane’s Gabba to make it a centrepoint for the proposed 2032 Olympics. SEE WHAT

More than $1 billion will be spent totally redeveloping Brisbane’s Gabba to make it a centrepoint for the proposed 2032 Olympics. 

The historic Gabba would be totally redeveloped at a cost of more than $1bn to become a beacon for Brisbane under a new plan for the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will today reveal more of the state’s vision for the Games, with The Gabba set to be transformed as the event’s main stadium to host the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies should the bid be successful, pushing out its 42,000-seat capacity to host 50,000 people.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.

A plaza would be built between the new Cross River Rail station and The Gabba, which could be used in its own right as a concert space and a place for medal presentations after events. 

And nearby parkland would be commandeered for athlete warm-up facilities, with golf buggies or similar vehicles used to whip competitors to the stadium via a VIP corridor.

It is understood the plan would cost more than $1bn, but final costings have not been determined because the design is not yet finalised. 

Ms Palaszczuk said it was fitting that the historic stadium play a centrepoint for Brisbane’s bid to host the Games.

“Every Games needs a home,” the Premier said.

“The Gabba has been home to our sport since 1895. A home for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games could be its crowning glory.”

The plan supplants previous thoughts around the possibility of building a new stadium at Albion, with The Gabba far more central for Games visitors and a more central link between the city, Suncorp Stadium and other spectator centres via walkways and public transport.

That would allow the Games to be celebrated across the city backdrop, with visitors able to enjoy events whether in the stadium or not. 

An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.

“I can see the river lined with people watching big screens all taking part in the fun and excitement of the Games,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“There’s South Bank leading to West End which is connected to Roma Street via the Kurilpa Bridge with a new bridge under construction for the new Queen’s Wharf development. There are City Cats offering even more options for transport.

“All of this is infrastructure we already have.”

Games organisers are looking for transformational, legacy projects for bid cities that will be used long into the future under their “new norm” rules, rather than white-elephant projects that would be under-utilised after the Games.

They also want the host cities themselves to be the stars of the games, rather than interesting but costly and useless infrastructure.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.

Sport Minister and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Olympics Stirling Hinchliffe described The Gabba as “a workhorse, not a white elephant”. “It’s used on average for 40 weeks of the year with major sports played in summer and winter including international sport,” he said.

Brisbane stadium designing firm Populous have provided concept designs for the possible upgrade, and director Chris Paterson said it was an opportunity to complement Brisbane’s world-class rectangular Suncorp Stadium with a world-class round stadium.

The Gabba would join Cairns, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast as Games venue hosts, with 85 per cent already built.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Gabba redevelopment.

The announcement comes after Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates spoke with state ministers at a Cabinet meeting in Brisbane yesterday, where the Cabinet officially endorsed the government position to support the 2032 Olympics. But Ms Palaszczuk said the endorsement was contingent on “guarantees” that need to be made by the federal government.

“I’ve already had a discussion with the Prime Minister,” the Premier said.

“We’ll be talking extensively about that over the coming weeks because we have very strict timelines that we need to meet. 

“So we want to keep our preferred status there with the targeted dialogue.”

Ms Palaszczuk talked up the Games bid, saying it gave Queenslanders hope for the future following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you can appreciate, we are basically doing years and months of work in a very short time frame to meet the deadlines that the IOC has set us,” she said.

“It’s a very exciting time for Queensland.

“So 2032, all the eyes of the world will be on us.”

It’s predicted that securing the Games would create more than 100,000 new jobs and priceless international tourism exposure, and install concrete deadlines for governments to build the roads and rail the growing southeast needs.

Brisbane was named by the International Olympic Committee as the preferred candidate to host the 2032 Olympic Games in February, opening up a “targeted dialogue” with Queensland’s bid committee and the Australian Olympic Committee.

Queensland’s bid, formally lodged in September 2019, could go to a vote as early as the Tokyo Olympics.

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Editorial: A stadium we can all enjoy – even after the Olympics

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April 20, 2021

EDITOR’S VIEW: Revitalising the Gabba ahead of our hoped-for 2032 Olympic Games would ensure the iconic venue, which has struggled to compete with other stadiums in recent years, remains competitive into the future.

 

The proposed redevelopment of the Gabba to act as the main stadium at our hoped-for Olympic Games in 2032 is an exciting idea that should capture the imagination of Queenslanders not yet quite willing to believe the hosting rights decision is now just weeks away.

State Cabinet’s discovery that the Gabba redevelopment could be done for pretty well the same price of a new stadium on the trots track at Albion is a game-changer.

The motivation for The Courier-Mail’s strong advocacy for Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Games has been the opportunity to deliver legacy infrastructure that otherwise would not have been built – things like a better rail service to the Sunshine Coast, sporting facilities in the regions, and yes a grand new state-of-the-art stadium for the state’s capital.

The announcement today that redeveloping the Gabba is the State Government’s preferred course of action is therefore a sensible one. 

Revitalising the Gabba would ensure the iconic venue which has struggled to compete with other stadiums in recent years remains competitive into the future.

The Gabba’s last major overhaul – which included the construction of a grandstand to lift the stadium’s capacity to 42,000 – was finished in 2005. Since that time Perth’s $1.4bn Optus Stadium has been constructed and the Adelaide Oval has been redeveloped – representing twin threats to the ageing Gabba’s position as one of the nation’s top cricket venues.

We saw this play out in 2018 when the Gabba lost its traditional hosting rights to the first Test of the summer to Adelaide, with then-Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland quoted at the time as saying the venue had “slipped down the rankings” of Test stadiums.

Upgrading an existing facility rather than building an entirely new one is also in keeping with the International Olympic Committee’s new push to avoid saddling host cities with costly white elephants, as seen in former host cities such as Athens and Rio de Janeiro.

While a 50,000-seat capacity new venue at Albion was the alternative option proposed in the original bid, it is difficult to imagine who would use such a facility after the Olympics was over.

The argument has been that the Albion development would, post-Games, form part of a sport and recreation precinct to complement the neighbouring facilities at Allan Border Field and Crosby Park.

But if we take a breath, it is hard to justify the need in Brisbane for either another 50,000-seat oval stadium, a 30,000-seat rectangular stadium, or a 20,000-seat athletics venue – the three proposed “legacy” options for the site. We already have the QSAC facility for athletics at Nathan (and hardly need another), Ballymore and Dolphin Oval at Redcliffe for second-tier rugby league, union and soccer – and we have the Gabba for the cricket and AFL.

What is proposed for the Gabba redevelopment is also an elegant solution. The massive new public plaza over Main St linking the stadium to the new underground Cross River Rail station would not only fix the Gabba’s biggest issue of crowd disbursement but also mean the ground is just three minutes from the CBD (compare that to 30 minutes for the Sydney stadium at Homebush). The proposed use of nearby Raymond Park as the warm-up track (linked to the stadium for the duration of the Olympics via a 400m-long covered walkway along Duke St) is also a masterstroke – as that deals with the other big issue for the Gabba, that it is surrounded by existing homes.

While regrettably there would inevitably be some resumptions, the proposal appears to keep these to a minimum. The construction of the plaza would work for locals, as it would ease traffic congestion and stop spectators from spilling onto roads before and after matches.

Admittedly, the Albion option on a greenfield site would be less disruptive for local residents and closer to the proposed athletes village at Hamilton. But Brisbane needs a venue that is fit-for-purpose for a generation, not just for two weeks while the Olympics is on.

The Courier-Mail therefore backs the Gabba redevelopment. This is our once-only opportunity for a world-class cricket and AFL stadium that our capital city deserves. So long as the business case stacks up, the redevelopment of the Gabba will deliver the best outcome for Queensland. And that is what we should all be supporting.

 

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