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Part 3 of 5

Queensland Olympic Legacy: High Speed Rail

By Brisbane Development       May 17, 2021

Possible Route & Funding

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A route which takes advantage of flat open space and existing highway and rail alignments thus reducing the amount of property resumptions is most ideal. In some cases, using existing rail corridors such as the new underground Cross River Rail would also cut costs when it comes to the urban corridor sections of the alignment, however upgrades would no doubt be required.

Along the way, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts, there would be opportunities to create new ‘green commuter cities’ which would also help South East Queensland’s housing affordability and population growth pains.

The Norwell Valley for example, an area which is currently zoned outside the SEQ Urban Footprint, could possibly be rezoned for a new green commuter city.

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According to an AECOM High Speed Rail study done in 2011 for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Roma Street station was shortlisted as the best station for implementing HSR operations if existing facilities are reconfigured. Although this study was done for a national high speed rail system, the same fundamentals would be applied to a regional HSR system due good connectivity with the Citytrain network as well as busway services, as shown in WMK Architecture’s Roma Street station concept image below.

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Part 4 of 5

Queensland Olympic Legacy: High Speed Rail

By Brisbane Development       May 17, 2021

Gold Coast Hub

In terms of a hub for the Gold Coast, a centralised location is necessary in order to meet the needs of the majority of commuters. This means that Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach which boast a centralised location would be most ideal, especially if linked with existing G:Link light rail services.

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The Sunshine Coast’s new CBD at Maroochydore which is currently under construction already has a transit interchange and corridor worked into the masterplan and would be an ideal candidate for a Sunshine Coast station.

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After numerous national studies and business cases on high speed rail in Australia, in July 2019, the federal government established the ‘National Faster Rail Agency’ with the aim of developing rail infrastructure between major cities and key regional centres in order to ‘advance social, economic and population outcomes’.

This recently created federal agency will only focus on regional high speed rail, as opposed to a national east coast system. Queensland can no longer wait for a national high speed rail initiative, we must build for our region today – taking into account the ability to one day mesh with a national Brisbane to Melbourne system.

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At the moment there are two regional ‘faster rail’ business cases underway for South East Queensland. The first is a $10 million study into a proposed link between the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) and Brisbane City.

The second is a $22 million study into a fast rail link between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The Australian Government is contributing $8 million and the Queensland Government $14 million.

The aim of these business cases, which are to be delivered by the end of 2022, is to investigate options to provide faster passenger rail services within the region. Part one of the study is to develop a detailed business case and part two will identify and develop a corridor strategy.

Construction of California’s publicly funded 1300km high speed rail line currently underway from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Source: Sacbee

 

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Part 5 of 5

Queensland Olympic Legacy: High Speed Rail

By Brisbane Development       May 17, 2021
 
 
 
Construction of California’s publicly funded 1300km high speed rail line currently underway from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Source: Sacbee

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Getting the exact cost of a hypothetical project without knowing the precise route or scale can be almost impossible, however if we use the metrics from a key AECOM high speed rail study done in 2011, which identified potential costs of a Brisbane to Newcastle HSR segment (via the Gold Coast) we can get a rough idea of the cost.

The Sunshine Coast to Brisbane line would be around 100km in length, with Brisbane to the Gold Coast being around 85kms and Brisbane to Toowoomba being 120km. This roughly equates to 305kms of high speed rail track.

The highest of three projected costs outlined in the AECOM high speed rail study of 2011 for a Brisbane to Newcastle route (via Gold Coast) was estimated at $31.7 billion for 706km of 200-350kph track. This would equate to around $44.9 million per kilometre of high speed rail track if applied to South East Queensland’s corridor.

This works out to be around $13.7 billion in 2011 dollars. If we bring this figure into todays dollars and adjust for ten years of 1.9% annual inflation, this figure would sit roughly around $16.54 billion for 305 kilometres of high speed rail track.

Whilst it may seem high, to put this into perspective, the Sydney Metro, a mass transit infrastructure project servicing the Sydney region with a population of 5.3 million is costing $20.8 billion. Melbourne’s proposed suburban rail loop, which services a population of just over 5 million is in its early planning stage and estimated to cost $50-100 billion over the next three decades. South East Queensland’s population will be at 5.8 million in 20 years.

Door-to-door travel times saved

Our region is perfect for high speed or faster rail because the distance between major population centres isn’t that far away but still far enough to sit in traffic for hours if highways are gridlocked.

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Currently, getting from Brisbane CBD to Surfers Paradise usually takes upwards of two hours using existing public transport, significantly more than driving. We need to change this in order to motivate residents to make the switch. Cutting door-to-door journey times from the CBD to central Gold Coast from one hour and twenty minutes drive to just 40 minutes on a train changes the game dramatically.

The viability of a super fast Shinkansen style 350km high speed rail network might not stack up in the short term. However, will the $1.5 billion Coomera Connector generate a profit? Are the Bruce Highway upgrades currently underway viable financially? Road projects in Queensland tend to be treated differently and given preferential advantage compared to rail infrastructure which traditionally have to prove itself as a viable profit making asset.

The question is why would a fast rail project need to be run like a business and not like a road? Rail is not only more sustainable but easier to scale up to meet future demands. While the first ten or twenty years may not produce a direct profit for the government, there are intangible social benefits, like what roads provide to regions that would drive livability in South East Queensland.

Forget the sporting legacy, Queensland’s Olympic legacy should fair and square be about building fast rail infrastructure to unleath mountains of benefits for residents of Australia’s fastest growing region.

A fast rail network would be the backbone for local industry to not just thrive and innovative but to attract national and international talent to our region.

We cannot rely on congested motorways and the old Citytrain network to move Queenslanders around the region. 5.8 million people commuting by cars will spell a disaster in 20 years time.

 

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Part 3 of 5

Queensland Olympic Legacy: High Speed Rail

By Brisbane Development       May 17, 2021

Possible Route & Funding

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A route which takes advantage of flat open space and existing highway and rail alignments thus reducing the amount of property resumptions is most ideal. In some cases, using existing rail corridors such as the new underground Cross River Rail would also cut costs when it comes to the urban corridor sections of the alignment, however upgrades would no doubt be required.

Along the way, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts, there would be opportunities to create new ‘green commuter cities’ which would also help South East Queensland’s housing affordability and population growth pains.

The Norwell Valley for example, an area which is currently zoned outside the SEQ Urban Footprint, could possibly be rezoned for a new green commuter city.

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According to an AECOM High Speed Rail study done in 2011 for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Roma Street station was shortlisted as the best station for implementing HSR operations if existing facilities are reconfigured. Although this study was done for a national high speed rail system, the same fundamentals would be applied to a regional HSR system due good connectivity with the Citytrain network as well as busway services, as shown in WMK Architecture’s Roma Street station concept image below.

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Bundaberg, Queensland:

Elliott Heads Kitesurfing - Official 2032 Olympic Bid

Click below to view bid video from Youtube:

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How Elliott Heads is being positioned as a site for the 2032 Olympics

With Brisbane vying for the 2032 Olympics, Burnett MP Stephen Bennett has joined Bundaberg region kitesurfers in a bid to have part of the event hosted in our own backyard.

17 May 2021

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I really hope they don't spread events all over the state for the sake of it. The only reason events should be hosted outside of SEQ is if it can be done cheaper and eliminates the risk of white elephant facilities.

 

 

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Part 3 of 5

Queensland Olympic Legacy: High Speed Rail

By Brisbane Development       May 17, 2021

Possible Route & Funding

wHmr8Zo.jpg

A route which takes advantage of flat open space and existing highway and rail alignments thus reducing the amount of property resumptions is most ideal. In some cases, using existing rail corridors such as the new underground Cross River Rail would also cut costs when it comes to the urban corridor sections of the alignment, however upgrades would no doubt be required.

Along the way, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts, there would be opportunities to create new ‘green commuter cities’ which would also help South East Queensland’s housing affordability and population growth pains.

The Norwell Valley for example, an area which is currently zoned outside the SEQ Urban Footprint, could possibly be rezoned for a new green commuter city.

BfPNdwd.jpg

 

According to an AECOM High Speed Rail study done in 2011 for the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Roma Street station was shortlisted as the best station for implementing HSR operations if existing facilities are reconfigured. Although this study was done for a national high speed rail system, the same fundamentals would be applied to a regional HSR system due good connectivity with the Citytrain network as well as busway services, as shown in WMK Architecture’s Roma Street station concept image below.

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Seems really unlikely a high speed line out to Toowoomba would be economically viable.

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1 hour ago, ulu said:

Seems really unlikely a high speed line out to Toowoomba would be economically viable.

 

 

i think this is supposed to be a "build it and they will come" scenario. what i mean by that is that is if it takes 45 mins to get from Towoomba to the CBD suddenly it's not an isolated city 100+ KM out of the CBD, it's a viable alternative to living in Logan or Ipswich, which will have people seeing them as viable places to live, increasing land value and desirability.

 

on another topic with all the meetings between the IOC (such as the recent 3 day one) and the comments from Coates i think we can be pretty sure (failing something major) that the IOC sesson in July will vote for the 2032 games

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6 hours ago, ulu said:

I really hope they don't spread events all over the state for the sake of it. The only reason events should be hosted outside of SEQ is if it can be done cheaper and eliminates the risk of white elephant facilities.

 

 

 Well we won’t have to wait long to know the exact venues with the final vote looming.  I’m looking forward to seeing the final venue plan. 

Regional Queensland campaigns like the Elliott Heads kiteboarding campaign may be a tad too late as the decision on the final venues will likely have been decided some time ago.  For example, exactly which Queensland venues outside SEQ will be used, eg sailing in the Whitsundays (?) and which interstate venues will host, eg will Penrith International Regatta Centre and Whitewater Stadium be called upon?
I think some football preliminaries were also slated for Melbourne and Sydney. 

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I think some football preliminaries were also slated for Melbourne and Sydney. 

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Townsville, Carins, Sydney and Melbourne are all slated for the football (at least in the feasibility assesment)

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Locations of Brisbane’s third and fourth new green bridges revealed

The third and fourth planned green bridges across the Brisbane River will connect West End and the old ABC site in Toowong, as well as Orleigh Park in West End and Guyatt Park in St Lucia.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner revealed the chosen construction sites on Tuesday morning, with the new river crossings to cater exclusively for pedestrians, cyclists and e-scooters – no cars or buses.

 

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By Toby Crockford   May 18, 2021

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New $70m Ipswich stadium gains federal support as Coast stadium expansion remains in limbo

Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion proponents are bewildered by the Federal Government’s decision to help fund a stadium at Ipswich, after rejecting a proposal at Bokarina.

The government committed $15 million towards a new $70 million, 10,000-seat venue at Springfield, which will essentially be home to the Brisbane Lions AFLW team.

But it is yet to chip in $20m towards a proposed $68m upgrade at Bokarina, which would enable another 10,000 seats at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

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Sunshine Coast Stadium expansion proponents are bewildered by the Federal Government’s decision to help fund a stadium at Ipswich, after rejecting a proposal at Bokarina.

 

 

All they need to do is wait. once the docs are signed and the games are in brisbane, there will be money for upgrades

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2022 Beijing Winter Olympics a minefield for Australia

“Australia’s own bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics in Brisbane could be opposed by Chinese Olympic lobbyists and its economic partners if Australia were to boycott Beijing in any fashion. The IOC has given the Brisbane bid preferred status but organisers will not know if they have been locked in until later this year.”

“A spokesman for the Australian Olympic Committee said “political interference in sport does not have a good record, particularly when it comes to boycotts.”

By Eryk Bagshaw and Matthew Knott
May 19, 2021 

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Sports Mad Aussies Involved In Olympic Sports

“Sport Australia’s latest AusPlay report found that 10.4 million Australian adults play an Olympic sport and 1.8 million volunteer in Olympic sports.”

“The report shows that Australians love participating in Olympic sports and also feel a lot of pride and are inspired by our Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes further highlighting that sport really is an essential part of Australian life.”

“It is also a ringing endorsement for Australia’s current bid to host the 2032 Brisbane Olympics and Paralympics.”

 
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Port Stephens athlete Shari Hurdman is collecting medals for sprinting, perhaps one day she will wear the green and gold and stand on an Olympic Dias.
 
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Rugby Australia promises $ 2.5 billion boost, Rugby Museum as part of the 2027 World Cup bid

“The Rugby World Cup is another major sport in Australia, including the 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2025 Brisbane and Ireland Lions Tour, and the 2027 Netball World Cup. It will increase the number of events. And potentially the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane.”

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Beijing Olympics a corporate and political headache for Australia as calls grow for boycott

“Australia’s personal bid for the 2032 Summer season Olympics in Brisbane might be opposed by Chinese language Olympic lobbyists and its financial companions if Australia have been to boycott Beijing in any style. The IOC has given the Brisbane bid most popular standing however organisers is not going to know if they’ve been locked in till later this yr.”

19 May 2021

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Teenagers earmarked as potential Olympians with inclusion in special squad

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Two Sunshine Coast teenagers have set sail for the 2032 Olympics on home waters, after being named in the Australian Sailing Futures Squad.

Buderim’s Frazer Brew and Noosaville’s Rylie Sinclair are regarded as real prospects in the Laser Standard and Kite Foiling classes respectively.

They are among almost 50 young talents to be selected in the squad, which includes eight Olympic classes.

By  STEELE TAYLOR

18 MAY 2021
 

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Jakarta ready to take on Brisbane in 2032 Olympic Bid

“Team Indonesia has two goals lined up in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics this year: strive to grab as many gold medals as possible at the quadrennial sporting event and lay out its path to becoming the host of the 2032 Olympic Games. However, more challenges await the bidding committee as the Tokyo Games offers fewer chances to garner support. Even as the Olympics are expected to commence in the next two months, Indonesia is already knee-deep in preparations to catch up with Brisbane, which is currently the top contender for hosting the 2032 Games.”

By Ramadani Saputra (The Jakarta Post)   Thu, May 20, 2021

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AUSTRALIA, THE OFFICIAL FAVORITES FOR THE 2027 WORLD CUP

 

“This is a wonderful day for all Australians as we officially raise our hands to run as candidates to host the third largest sporting event in the world,” said the Australian Rugby President Hamish McLennan.”

“McLennan spoke of an “unparalleled opportunity to develop sport” that will be part of the “green and gold decade”, the national colors of Australia, as the country will host several major sporting events.”

“Brisbane is the preferred candidate for the International Olympic Committee to host 2032 Olympics. Australia will host Cricket World Cup Twenty20 and the Women’s Basketball World Cup next year and in 2023 the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

20 May, 2021

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IOC confirms Paris 2024 programme including Mixed Kiteboarding14th Dec,

7 December 2020:

“The IOC EB supported the introduction of the new mixed kiteboarding and the mixed 470 - two-person dinghy events, but decided to further review the mixed offshore event in order to properly assess the key considerations around the cost, safety and security of the athletes.”

The specific event proposal (Paris 2024) will be decided by 31 May 2021.

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'Unbelievable location': Elliott Heads' bid to host kite-foiling at 2032 Olympics gathers speed

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 By Scott Lamond

 

Key points:

  • Elliott Heads, near Bundaberg, wants to host kite-foiling at the 2032 Olympics
  • Kite-foiling will be an exhibition sport at this year's Tokyo Olympics 
  • Kite-foiling is similar to kitesurfing, but more about speed than tricks

“Elliott Heads is being touted as the perfect location for the sporting event, but there are two catches.”

“First, Brisbane needs to win the right to host the games. Secondly, kite-foiling needs to become an Olympic sport.”

21 May 2021

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Shining through: How Queensland restated its hosting credentials during the pandemic

“Queensland’s reputation as a leading destination for major international events has been growing for some time, but the region’s crucial part in Australian sport’s post-Covid recovery might just have helped to put Brisbane in the box seat for the 2032 Olympic Games.”

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May 11 2021

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Bid for 2032 Olympics should take ‘learnings’ from 2018 Commonwealth Games

“Editor for The Daily Telegraph, Ben English, says that a bid for the 2032 Olympic Games to be held in south-east Queensland, should turn to the 2018 Commonwealth Games for ‘learnings’. Mr English says that in making sure the event ran smoothly, there were ‘mistakes’ in burdening local business owners with the cost. He believes the 2018 Commonwealth Games was also a proud moment for the area, and he supports the idea of an Australian Olympic Games alongside president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates.”

21 May, 2021

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Ken Lynch to lead Australian Sailing National Pathway Program

“The final piece of an important puzzle has been put in place today, with Australian Sailing announcing the appointment of performance development specialist Ken Lynch to the role of National Performance Pathway Manager.”

“Lynch will now take charge of the National Performance Pathway and State Sailing Pathway Programs, with an aim to build a talent pool of sailors and coaches to deliver repeatable success (on and off the water) towards the LA 2028 Olympics and onto what we hope will be a home Olympics in 2032.”

by Michael Martin, Australian Sailing -  21 May 2021

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Populous designs new boutique stadium and training centre for Brisbane Lions

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Accessible by the neighbouring train station, the site will incorporate a café and adjoining community football fields for public use

“Populous is proud to have designed the new boutique 9,000 seat stadium and training facility for the Brisbane Lions AFLW and AFL teams. Brighton Homes Arena is located 30km south of Brisbane in Springfield, the complex will include a purpose-built elite training area with indoor field, gymnasium, a swimming pool and community spaces when construction is completed in late 2022.

20 May 2021

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Brisbane Live project page

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Brisbane Live is set to transform Brisbane's CBD. Located at a key CBD transit hub, a new 18,000 seat entertainment arena complex will soon be constructed serviced by underground rail and busway infrastructure. 

BrisbaneDevelopment.com will have regular updates on the project through this dedicated Brisbane Live project page.

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