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Government Decision To Pursue Queensland 2032 Olympic Bid Possible By December

Posted on Sep 17, 2019 1:13 PM by Robert Livingstone in FeaturedFuture Summer Bids

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that her government should have what it needs to determine whether to move forward with Australia’s Olympic bid by December this year.

She told the Brisbane Times Tuesday that a proposal and feasibility study funded in part by the federal government should be delivered before the end of the year, and in time for the cabinet to consider the results.

But Palaszczuk warned that if the findings weren’t positive for the region, she would abandon the project.

“If the Games do not offer real benefits to this state then, of course, we will not pursue them,” she said.

Bid promoters hope to leverage a potential USD $1.8 billion (AUD $2.6 billion) investment from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) combined with existing venues from across Queensland to host a cost-neutral Games.  In return, it is hoped the region will be able to hasten the development of much-needed transportation infrastructure upgrades and create new jobs and private investment.

“If it delivers these things sooner than they would otherwise, then so much the better,” she said.

“This is not just about a couple of weeks of competition. It is about accelerating decades’ worth of jobs investment.

“It’s about getting things off the drawing boards and into our lives,” she said, according to the Brisbane Times.

Palaszczuk led a high-level Australian delegation that traveled to IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland last week to meet IOC President Thomas Bach and site selection officials to discuss a possible bid.

Both sides reported positive results from the preliminary meeting.

“We clearly have the attention of the International Olympic Committee,” Palaszczuk said.

Along with transport upgrades, the bid bid team will need to identify an Olympic Village for athletes staying in state capital Brisbane, as well as develop plans to construct a nearby stadium that can seat at least 60,000 spectators at Games time.

The Queensland bid, expected to be led by Brisbane if plans move forward, is already considered a strong favorite to be elected to host the Games in 2032.  Plans to open the race in 2023 were dropped in June when the IOC voted to change bidding rules and open a dialog with interested cities immediately.

In the past, host cities were chosen seven year in advance, but now a host can be elected at any all-members session.

Queensland could face rivals on the International stage including from India, Indonesia, China and jointly between North and South Korea.

Last week IOC President Thomas Bach said that he was “confident” a bid from Germany could be organized to pursue the Games in 2032 or 2036.

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On 9/16/2019 at 3:54 AM, thatsnotmypuppy said:

Two factors - the IOC's apparently non-negotible hosting window and the AOC's refusal to back a Melbourne bid.,  The first is due to TV rights, the second is due to the head of the AOC being a bit of a dick and Melbourne has a relatively mild - yet wet - winter.  July/August has fog, rain. sometimes snow on the higher hills and day time temperatures rarely above 18 degrees celcius.  Never mind that the vast majority of sports are indoors and long distance athletes have repeatedly stated they'd rather run a marathon in cooler weather...

So that is it.  Climate, John Coates and NBC basically.

I would lean more towards the latter with the AOC along with the fact that Melbourne never really seemed to actually show any interest. I have a colleague from Melbourne and I asked him not long ago if there was ever any interest from local officials in a bid and he said no. In terms of the weather issue, while it's a factor, I highly doubt if Australia said Melbourne is our host city, that the IOC wouldn't bend the rules a bit. Australia is too large a media market and with the whole bidding process on shaky ground anyway, I could've seen it happening, but, if Melbourne was never interested it's a moot point.

The troubling issue is the push for Brisbane seems like putting a square peg in a round hole. Brisbane needs lots of work in terms of venues and transportation upgrades to make this work and frankly, it would not surprise me the least if the costs got out of hand very quickly. In terms of Bach's comments about electing a Brisbane bid early, well, I take that with a grain of salt at this point, but it fits in line with a targeted approach and a desire for a safe bid considering the potential competition: Korea, Jakarta, Shanghai, India, or Germany. Jakarta and India are out. There's no way the IOC is going to a developing country again anytime soon and I'd also rule out all of Africa and South America as well (that's what the YOG are for). I can't see the IOC going back to China so soon after Beijing 2022 and the joint Korea bid requires so much to fall into place besides the political problems (Pyongyang's infrastructure is archaic) that it's a fantasy. I'd say a Brisbane bid's biggest competitor would be a German bid, the Rhine-Rhur regional bid, but then there's the old referendum issue which hasn't gone well for German bids recently. As I've stated before, I doubt for a while the IOC considers a SOGs from anyone other than the USA, Western Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, or Korea. 

 

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There was a credible push from the Victorian state government for a Melbourne bid for 2028/2032 however the AOC flat out said no (there is a lot of back story to the AOC basically hating Melbourne). Thus the Melburnians know until Coates is ousted (and they tried to do that a couple of years back) there is no point.

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NEW 80,000-SEAT BRISBANE STADIUM TO BE CENTREPIECE OF 2032 OLYMPICS BID

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https://www.ausleisure.com.au/news/new-80000-seat-brisbane-stadium-centrepiece-of-olympics-bid/

September 11, 2019

Plans for an 80,000 capacity Olympic stadium in Brisbane have been revealed as the centrepiece of a Queensland bid for the 2032 Games.

The stadium, which would host the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies of a south east Queensland Games, features as part of a 2032 Olympics and Paralympics masterplan that included two athletes villages - one in Brisbane and the other on the Gold Coast - a faster rail network linking the region and a second M1 Highway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Potential locations for the new venue include the RNA Showgrounds, QEII Stadium at Nathan, the Mayne Rodd Rail Yards at Bowen Hills and Albion Park.

The plans were announced as an Australian delegation that included Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates and Star Entertainment Group Chairman John O’Neill met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Switzerland overnight.

Premier Palaszczuk told IOC executives that Queensland would stage a “safe and welcoming” Games.

Speaking to Bach she advised “we will provide a safe and welcoming Games, … there is no other place like Queensland on the planet.’’

In a new approach to for bids to host the Games, Bach has invited host cities and nations to develop plans with the IOC executive to work out whether bid are feasible.

Bach has previously advised that he wants “very few losers’’ from the new bidding process.

If Queensland’s pitch impresses the IOC, it will proceed on its final bid, which will go before the IOC just before the Tokyo Olympics in July next year before a final decision by 2022.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk said a 2032 Queensland Olympics would be ‘the People’s Games’

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/brisbane-olympic-stadium-stirs-ioc-questions/news-story/5f1d0df9594b6c7bf42e4ad3ab1f2928

By JACQUELIN MAGNAY LAUSANNE September 11, 2019

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a 2032 Queensland Olympics would be ‘’the People’s Games’’ and foreshadowed a golden age for the state as an Olympic bid took a giant leap amidst effusive praise from the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

Mr Bach used the word “impressive’’ at least six times about the Queensland 2032 plans when speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening and when questioned if there were sticking points the team needed to work on, he said simply: “no’’.

Mrs Palaszczuk has even brought forward a final deadline about making a decision whether to bid for the Games. At the beginning of the week the plan was to decide by the end of the year, but yesterday she brought it forward by a month.

Standing beside Mr Bach, Ms Palaszczuk said: “the expansive presentations of the International Olympic Committee has been beneficial (to help us understand) what we need to do to complete the value assessment as soon as possible. I would like to see it completed by the end of November.’’

She then added: “I would like to see these as the People’s Games, for the people and inclusive of our people’’.

The Prime Minister’s Queensland Olympic Candidature Leadership group is due to meet in early December and could then sign off on the Olympic bid proposal as soon as it is passed by the Queensland government.

If the bid proceeds, Queensland would work with the IOC’s Future Candidature Commission for the Summer Olympics to fine-tune their proposal. The announcement of who will be on this all-important commission is due to be announced next month. The commission will scrutinise the plans of Queensland and other interested bidders before putting together a recommendation to an IOC session of its 100 plus members, which could occur in 2021.

Mr Bach said the questions from the Australian team were in-depth and showed a high level of preparedness, which was unusual, but which gave him confidence that a decision about the 2032 Olympics would be definitely made well before 2025.

“My only advice is to keep going,’’ he said.

“I must say its innovative to have all parties united and behind this big project and sport in Australia.

“This shows this project is not only about the elite athletes and elite sport but about the communities and also informed the Queenslanders themselves are highly supportive of the project, if you add to this the enthusiasm for sport of which the Aussies are famous … I think it is fair to say this project has all the ingredients to become a successful candidature. So the ball is in your court now to digest all this information, to see what it means for you and make a good decision.’’

After the series of meetings which were held at the new Olympic headquarters in Lausanne Ms Palaszczuk was enthusiastic about the economic benefits and fast tracking of much needed transport infrastructure to South East Queensland that a Games would bring.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was able to show the IOC that about 85 per cent of venues were already in place and could be used for a 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. But one venue not yet decided on was the main stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics.

She was also satisfied that the Olympic Movement and Queenslanders shared common values about opportunities for young people, the environment and sustainability. Crucially the IOC also confirmed they would be contributing around $2.5bn to the operating Games budget that is projected to be $5.3bn.

“I believe we share common values and the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement,’’ Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The pride that (a 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games) will bring to Queensland and across our nations as well, it could be a golden age for Queensland and it sets Queensland’s future up with jobs and investment for decades to come.’’

Mr Bach said he was happy to have met “optimistic and forward looking politicians’’.

“That was a very good experience,’’ he noted.

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said the exchange was both successful and a critical next step for Queensland. “Across a range of critical areas, the delegation gained vital insights into the IOC’s thinking about what a Games candidature looks like and how the IOC’s vision for the Game can align with Queensland’s vision for the state’s future,’’ he said.

“The overwhelming message the Queensland team can take home is that putting together a viable candidature is very much a partnership between the potential host and the IOC.

“The IOC team could not have been more helpful in providing expert insight into where the Olympic movement is heading, how the Olympic sports program works, Games funding and the risks and opportunities Queensland should consider.’’

Mr Coates said it was useful for all delegation members to hear first-hand the IOC’s focus on reducing costs, reducing complexity, risk and waste.

“I think we all understand that the Queensland community must be kept informed and engaged throughout the process ahead,’’ Mr Coates said.

“The warmth and welcoming attitude of the Queensland people is a wonderful asset.

“To have the united leadership at federal, state and local government level sends a powerful signal. The delegation showed great unity of purpose and demonstrated that Queensland can make a compelling case.

“Today’s exchange of information will certainly help strengthen that case, should Queensland decide to proceed with a candidature,” Mr Coates said.

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Sounding increasingly like the hosting deal is done in principle, & it’s just waiting on formal agreement by the Queensland government. Hopefully it works, there’s not much that could do the Olympics more good than if they could prove that cities in that 1-3 million range can still host the Games. 

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I know people are a little wary and Brisbane isn't exactly known for the glitz and glamor you expect from most host cities. But if this bid really does make it through and Queensland is the host, I really hope it blazes a trail for a new era of regional bids and reintroduces smaller cities in the 1-3 million range as potential hosts for the games. 

This type of expansion and inclusion is sorely needed in today's era of the games. 

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reintroduces smaller cities in the 1-3 million range as potential hosts for the games

Auckland 2040 here we come! 

Anyways, I expect that Brisbane will at least put up a very strong bid. 

I disagree that a new stadium should be built, I think upgrading The Gabba or Suncorp stadium would be ideal.

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16 hours ago, Vill said:

Auckland 2040 here we come! 

Anyways, I expect that Brisbane will at least put up a very strong bid. 

I disagree that a new stadium should be built, I think upgrading The Gabba or Suncorp stadium would be ideal.

Neither of which is possible.

Suncorp is not a modular stadium - it would require a complete rebuild.

The Gabba cannot accommodate a track in it's current configuration and there is no land nearby to expand into.  It is completely surrounded by major arterial roads and residential areas. Furthermore Cricket Australia have flat out stated they will not allow it.

The only feasible existing stadium is QSAC - however access via public transport of spotty at best and the entire area is completely built up now. 

The best immediate option is Metricon Stadium down on the Gold Coast but there is no way the IAAF or the IOC will let that happen.

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Australian Olympic boss rules out NZ element to Queensland's 2032 bid

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/australian-olympic-boss-rules-out-nz-element-to-queensland-s-2032-bid-20191121-p53cwl.html

By Stuart Layt , Brisbane Times, November 21, 2019 — 5.15pm

New Zealand will not form any part of a possible Queensland bid for the 2032 Olympics, after the Premier and the Australian Olympic boss rejected the suggestion from the state's former Commonwealth Games minister.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said on Thursday there was no suggestion New Zealand would be included in any bid.

“It’s never been suggested and when you stop and think about it, the reason we’ve come to Queensland is the weather,” Mr Coates said.

“Are we going to go to the Arctic, are we?”

Mr Coates said rules existed defining how much of a games could be held in a different country if decent facilities couldn’t be found in the host country, and Queensland would be able to provide excellent facilities.

“There are options for [a new stadium site]. There are four options for the rowing course, not all is finalised yet,” he said.

“And it may well be that we get to December when it goes to cabinet and there will be some things that will change in the six months before a final submission is made to the IOC.”

State Tourism Minister Kate Jones mentioned New Zealand in connection with the Queensland Olympic bid while taking questions at the Queensland Media Club on Wednesday.

"[The International Olympic Committee’s] willingness to allow us to host it over more locations, either in Queensland or indeed Australia, there’s been some talk about New Zealand..." Ms Jones said, then realised she’d mis-spoken.

"I shouldn’t say that in front of a whole bunch of journos, should I?" she said, laughing.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also hosed down the New Zealand suggestion at a media conference earlier on Thursday.

“There is no entertaining at all of New Zealand at all being part of the Queensland Olympics bid,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Premier and Mr Coates were both due to attend a meeting of the Olympics taskforce putting together the potential bid on Thursday afternoon, along with a number of other stakeholders including south-east Queensland mayors.

The final assessment on whether the bid will be viable, and whether it will potentially include any events held across the ditch, is set to be made to state cabinet before Christmas.

Mr Coates said the AOC was firmly behind a Queensland bid, as opposed to any other Australian-based Olympic bid, as long as the state could make the logistics work.

“[The Premier] is quite correctly saying that she needs to look at the cost to Queensland, and that is what she needs to take to cabinet in December,” he said.

 

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Australia’s Business And Sport Leaders Urge Queensland To Proceed With 2032 Olympic Bid

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 9:29 AM by Robert Livingstone in Featured, Future Summer Bids

A letter endorsed by 32 business and sport leaders in Australia’s Queensland has urged Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to continue moving forward with a 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid, as a decisive announcement looms this month.

The letter, penned by state capital Brisbane’s Mayor Adrian Schrinner, was prompted by rumours that some cabinet politicians are trying to push back against the bid amid pressure from unions that fear the costs and risks of the Games.

Some prominent bid boosters signing the letter include Rugby footballer and television commentator Darren Lockyer, Olympic Champion swimmer Duncan Armstrong, venue operator and AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister, cricketer Ian Healy and Australian construction mogul Scott Hutchinson.

They say stopping short of submitting a bid for the Games will be “the state’s biggest regret.”

“We are not talking about millions of dollars in investment – it’s billions,’’ Schrinner said said, according to the Sunday Mail.

“We are not talking about flow-on benefits for years – we are talking decades.

“You only need to look south to Sydney to see the positive lasting legacy of hosting an Olympics.’’

Organizers are expecting an International Olympic Committee (IOC) cash and in-kind gift of US $1.7 billion (AUD $2.5 billion) should Queensland be chosen to stage the Games, and that will help the event run deficit free and deliver a new 65,000 seat stadium to Brisbane.

An initial feasibility study revealed that 85 percent of the needed venues are already in place.

The Games are being viewed as a possible catalyst to much needed transport infrastructure upgrades in the region, and according to government reports the vent will result in a AUD $22 billion overall economic stimulus.

Earlier this year IOC Vice President John Coates, who also leads the Australian Olympic Committee, told organizers that he would only back a bid from Queensland if needed transport upgrades were already approved by the state.

Palaszczuk is expected to approve the bid this month with a formal application expected to be delivered to the IOC in the middle of next year.  Under new IOC rules introduced in June, a Future Host Commission will vet the application among those from other countries and determine which cities to recommend to the IOC Executive Boards and the IOC membership for a vote.  The exact timing is at the discretion of the IOC.

Currently considered the front runner, Australia was the first serious bid to leave the starting block when a delegation traveling to IOC headquarters in Lausanne met with President Thomas Bach earlier this year.  Continued speed will give the Queensland bid a significant competitive advantage.

A potential joint bid between North and South Korea has made diplomatic overtures during the past year but the project seems to have stalled as tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to create uncertainty.

Indonesia has also hinted at bidding for the Games using the Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games as a springboard, but a recent decision to move the Capital to Borneo could create friction to move forward.

India is considering launching a bid from one of its major cities while Germany is proposing a regional project across several municipalities.

 

 

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Queensland Push for 2032 Olympics

https://theurbandeveloper.com/articles/queensland-push-for-olympics-2032

The Urban Developer.com, 2 December 2019

A collection of 32 prominent business and sports personalities have urged premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to commit to south-east Queensland's bid for the 2032 Olympics, which is due by the end of the month. 

The state government previously unveiled soft infrastructure plans and confirmed the bid would go beyond just Brisbane to involve other parts of the state.

In an attempt to fast track the process, Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner has written an open letter to the premier encouraging the bid in order to bring the “world’s most spectacular event” to the region.

The open letter is signed by business leaders such as Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Gert-Jan de Graff, Aria Property Group founder Tim Forrester, Hutchinson Builders chairman Scott Hutchinson as well as sporting figures Darren Lockyer, Ian Healy and Duncan Armstrong.

Schrinner explained that nearly 85 per cent of the proposed venues for Queensland's bid currently exist, pointing at the outlay of 2020's hosts, Tokyo, which is spending upwards of $37 billion on its own Olympic preparations.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and prime minister Scott Morrison are both on the Olympics taskforce that is putting together the potential bid, alongside Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner and Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates.

“We are not talking flow on benefits for years—it will be decades—you only need to look south to Sydney to see the lasting positive legacies of hosting an Olympics Games,” Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said.

“We are not talking about millions of dollars in investment—it’s billions.”

The government’s own research estimates more than $22 billion in flow-on benefits for Brisbane and the regions from staging the Olympics, while there will also be a direct cash injection of $2.7 billion by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) once selected as the host city.

Earlier this year, a new 80,000 seater stadium was proposed in alignment with the potential bid, sounding out Victoria Park golf course as the potential location. 

Parkland alongside Ballymore along with the Roma Street railyards, could also see $2 billion worth of redevelopment plans fast-tracked in order to create new sporting arenas, while Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba would be used for secondary sporting events.

“We believe that our state and region have more than adequately shown an ability to host major events and deliver results that far exceed the expectations of organisers and participants,” Schrinner said.

“We get to build and keep lasting infrastructure, gain world-wide attention and reap the economic benefits through tourism and investment for decades to come.”

The final assessment on whether the bid would be viable, and whether it would potentially include any events held across the ditch, is set to be made to state cabinet before the end of the year.

The decision by the International Olympic Committee would not need to be made public until 2025 with the bidding process normally placed by 2023, with China and Russia looming as the main rivals.

The initial bid will be assessed by the IOC executive committee, before finally being signed off by the more than one hundred IOC delegates.

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Bid officially given the green light by the QLD Government today ....

Meh ....

LA, Paris, Tokyo, Rio, London, Beijing ...... Brisbane

International cities vs. a hick backwater

IOC has gone past the days of an Atlanta type which Brisbane is

 

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Queensland to bid for 2032 Olympic Games

By Tony Moore and Lucy Stone, Brisbane Times, December 9, 2019 — 2.48pm

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-to-bid-for-2032-olympic-games-20191209-p53ia6.html

The Queensland government has decided to go ahead with a bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Monday that cabinet had agreed to bid to host the Games.

“Cabinet has this morning given the go-ahead to moving to the next level,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said she met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said his government would support the Games bid.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has also pledged federal Labor’s support for Queensland’s bid, she said.

The Olympics and Paralympics would be held between July 23 and August 8.

The Premier revealed the Gabba was being considered as a potential site for the opening ceremony.

Ms Palaszczuk said the chance of hosting the Games meant a great deal to Queensland.

“It tells the rest of the world that we are firmly on the map,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland had an advantage because 80 per cent of the venues it needed to host the events were already built.

“That means we do not need to build huge stadiums we will not need into the future,” she said.

In May 2019, preliminary estimates showed it would cost Queensland an estimated $5.3 billion to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

Announcing the bid would go ahead, Ms Palaszczuk said financial consultants KPMG estimated hosting the Games could generate “$7.4 billion in benefits” to Queensland, although part of that sum was not a direct financial return.

Ms Palaszczuk spoke of possible upgrades to the QSAC stadium - used during the 1982 Commonwealth Games, when it was known as the QEII Stadium - and possibly Albion Park Raceway.

“The first is that we could upgrade QEII,” she said.

“The second is that we could transform Albion into an athletics stadium suitable for the Olympics.

“In terms of the Opening Ceremony, we have not discounted the use of the Gabba.

“We believe we could put on quite a show at the Gabba.”

Approaches to the Gabba will be revamped as part of Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project.

The Premier said preliminary planning suggested some football events could be held in Townsville and Cairns, sailing in the Whitsundays and volleyball at Broadbeach.

The Council of Mayors SEQ, which has been pushing hard for the bid, welcomed the news, with chairman and Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner saying it would be a major boost for the south-east Queensland economy.

"Today is an historic day which really will create a bright future for our region, will create jobs, will create better transport and will bring more tourists to our state and our region of south-east Queensland," Cr Schrinner said.
 
He said the Olympic leaders group would meet on Wednesday, including the Premier and a federal representative, who would discuss the next steps.

Federal Sport Minister Richard Colbeck and the federal representative on the board to secure the Games, Ted O'Brien, welcomed the news but cautioned there was still work to be done.

The bid is contingent on major infrastructure and transport projects to connect the entire region, which Cr Schrinner said were critical even if the Olympics were not awarded to Queensland.

"Games or no Games, these infrastructure projects to move people quickly around our region have to happen. The beauty of the Games proposal is we can have a line drawn in the sand and that will focus everyone's mind to get on with delivering the job."

Redland City Council mayor Karen Williams said the announcement was of particular benefit to smaller councils, which could leverage off the announcement to push for key infrastructure projects.

Cr Schrinner said the International Olympic Committee had assured bidding cities that the 2032 Games had to be cost-neutral.

"We know that they have cash on the table ... to make sure that the operating costs of these Games are covered. The key issue for us is not the operating costs, the key issue is investing in infrastructure across all three levels of government."

Cr Williams noted the IOC had initially estimated a $900 million cost to operate the Games in Queensland, but in May had returned with an assurance any Olympics held in south-east Queensland would be cost-neutral.

"They're contributing more to this particular 2032 Olympic bid, so I think we're in a really good place to ... show how the new norm will work for the rest of the world," she said.

The Australian Olympic Committee welcomed the announcement, with president John Coates saying Queensland now had to focus on developing a "compelling case".

“We know the business community recognises the economic benefits that will flow, but it is vitally important that the community is kept fully informed," he said.

“Critical to that is an understanding that hosting an Olympic Games these days is a very different beast. The days of the white elephant are gone thanks to sweeping changes made by the International Olympic Committee.”

Mr Coates said Queensland had to develop a candidature file with its bid details, which would be presented to the IOC before the Tokyo Games next year.

 

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Sydney bid chief says Brisbane would deliver if given 2032 Olympics

By Phil Lutton, Sydney Morning Herald, December 9, 2019 — 7.35pm

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/sydney-bid-chief-says-brisbane-would-deliver-if-given-2032-olympics-20191209-p53ici.html

The mastermind of the Sydney 2000 bid believes the 2032 Games will be Brisbane's to lose unless rival nations front up with a deeply compelling case to stage the 35th Olympics.

A little more than three decades after Sydney reignited the Olympic movement, Australia stands on the verge of hosting another instalment after Brisbane confirmed it would make a formal bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympics would be staged in the Australian winter from July 23 to August 8, with the Paralympic Games next on the calendar. The event would attract around 11,000 athletes from around the globe.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland would now progress to the next level of the new IOC bidding process for a Games centred in Brisbane but including other regions and the nearby Gold Coast.

A number of other countries are considering staking a claim, including a regional bid in Germany, one from India and Indonesia and the possibility of a joint bid from North and South Korea. But given the advanced nature of the Queensland bid, it has already been installed as favourite and represents a safe bet given Australia's track record of major events.

Rod McGeoch was the man at the vanguard of Sydney's bid for the 2000 Games and, in return, the Harbour City produced one of the great Olympics and helped add fresh zest into the multi-sport goliath.

He said the guidance of Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates, the former IOC vice-president who is also the chair of the Agenda 2020/New Norm Olympic Games Delivery Executive Steering Committee, was an immense boost for Brisbane's chances.

"Whenever you have John Coates, the prospects must be very good. Nobody knows more about it," McGeoch said.

"I have enormous respect for his judgment. (IOC president Thomas) Bach came out here and spoke warmly about it. There is no question the Queensland government can deliver the Games.

"States have significant economies and can afford the infrastructure spend. Australia is always going to have a strong technical bid. No question about that at all.

"You have to wait to see who else will put their hand up. If nobody seriously puts their hand up soon, Brisbane will walk it in."

The Queensland government had been waiting on the results of a value proposition assessment, which showed that around 80 per cent of the venues were in place, while current stadia like a revamped Gabba could be used for the opening and closing ceremonies.

There is also the potential to put an athletics stadium in place at the current home of the Albion Park greyhounds and pacing track. The Gold Coast, which hosted a successful Commonwealth Games, and regional cities like Toowoomba and Cairns would also come into play for certain events.

No timeline has been set for a decision from the IOC but McGeoch said Brisbane's state of readiness would leave it with plenty of time to be Games-ready by 2032.

"What we've seen in recent times is the preparedness to make an early decision. In my time, the decision was given seven years before the Games. That makes it 2025. To get something into shape now for a 2032 bid is really preparing well in advance.

"Having given Paris and LA the Games of '24 and '28, it takes a lot of the agony out of the future of the Olympics if you can start giving cities Games well forward."

The Olympics have been a financial black hole for some host cities but a revamped bidding process, which requires a large number of existing venues and demonstrable legacy benefits, mean Brisbane could hope to deliver a cost-neutral event, which would also include a massive IOC injection of close to $2.5b.

"They are even giving them money," McGeoch said. "We never got a cheque, I can promise you.

"Don't blame the IOC for the expenditure of the past. That was cities thinking they had to build everything. The IOC is leading the charge and saying 'don't do that'.

"I think it is an improved process, I think it's more rigorous in some ways because you really have to convince them and that's no bad thing."

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So the brisbane bid is going ahead. for those of us uninitiated, whats the timeframe and process now?

 

I keep seeing 2025 mentioned, but i'm also seeing other reports saying a decision could be made as early as the tokyo games (which i find hard to believe). 

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6 hours ago, Tejas57 said:

So the brisbane bid is going ahead. for those of us uninitiated, whats the timeframe and process now?

 

I keep seeing 2025 mentioned, but i'm also seeing other reports saying a decision could be made as early as the tokyo games (which i find hard to believe). 

 

The old 7 year time frame (ie 2025) has been thrown out- the IOC now solicits/ encourages bidders at a very early stage and will consider and award Games in a more free form way. They a are trying to lock in safe cities from a financial, government, popularity, preparation and controversy view as early as possible to ensure the future survival of the Games.

It is all about minimizing corporate risk- that''s why we have a Japan/China/France/ Italy/ USA and maybe Australian Games. All as safe as you can get.

The last I heard a decision could be made as early as mid next year..around the times of the Games I suppose.

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I agree.  Australia is indeed a safe pair of hands for the IOC.

The Queensland bid based in Brisbane and with 80% of venues existing already, from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and through regional cities up to Cairns, and with support from all three tiers of government, would see a great Summer and Paralympic Games staged again down under in 2032.

For the longer term security of the Olympic Games, the IOC could easily shut the gate at Tokyo 2020 and sign on Brisbane, Queensland, as the Host City in 2032.

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On 10/31/2019 at 10:47 AM, thatsnotmypuppy said:

Neither of which is possible.

Suncorp is not a modular stadium - it would require a complete rebuild.

The Gabba cannot accommodate a track in it's current configuration and there is no land nearby to expand into.  It is completely surrounded by major arterial roads and residential areas. Furthermore Cricket Australia have flat out stated they will not allow it.

The only feasible existing stadium is QSAC - however access via public transport of spotty at best and the entire area is completely built up now. 

The best immediate option is Metricon Stadium down on the Gold Coast but there is no way the IAAF or the IOC will let that happen.

From the Premier’s Bid Announcement, the Gabba is very much in play for the 2032 Bid - at least for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the implication is for possibly more.

The new Cross River Tunnel will deliver a subway train station very close to the Gabba.

The link below shows a concept image of the Woolangabba Station and rail route.

https://crossriverrail.qld.gov.au

 

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On 12/9/2019 at 4:31 PM, Gonzo said:

Bid officially given the green light by the QLD Government today ....

Meh ....

LA, Paris, Tokyo, Rio, London, Beijing ...... Brisbane

International cities vs. a hick backwater

IOC has gone past the days of an Atlanta type which Brisbane is

 

Not quite sure I follow this? Brisbane hasn't been given the games, they're just going ahead with a bid.

No different to Hamburg in 2024, Baku and Doha in 2016 and 2020, Havana and Leipzig in 2012... 

 

Sure they don't have the name recognition of the other cities, i'll be the first to admit that but currently nobody else has thrown their hands up. Should Shanghai or Rome or Berlin come into the mix then the IOC can dismiss Brisbane/South East Queensland but for now, beggars can't be choosers. 

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Olympians At Forefront Of BidCo Being Formed For Queensland 2032 Olympic Bid

Posted on Dec 13, 2019 11:47 AM by Robert Livingstone in Featured, Future Summer Bids

Organizers behind Australia’s Queensland 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid are forming a new public company that will develop and present the project to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The BidCo’s Board of Directors will have up to 16 members, and names are already being whispered to fill the positions.  They will have their first meeting in February, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Chief John Coates said earlier this week.

The Board will be comprised of “…athletes, including the Paralympic committee, including corporate representation — and the IOC is going to look for that — and including better gender balance too,” Coates said to the Weekend Australian.

According to the media outlet, Olympic gold medalists Cathy Freeman and Cate Campbell, sports administrator John O’Neill and property developer Mark Stockwell are under serious consideration to help lead the bid, centered in state capital Brisbane, in its quest to bring the Games back to Australia for the first time since 2000 in Sydney.

Along with Coates, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Innovation Minister Kate Jones, Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s representative Ted O’Brien have already been appointed to the Board.

Palaszczuk gave the bid the formal nod Monday when the State Cabinet voted its approval.  The federal government is already behind the project but it must be rubber-stamped by politicians.

The Premier said the BidCo will solidify plans in the six months leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Games where official documents will be submitted to the IOC.  Campaigning and a targeted dialog between the two organizations will fill the balance of the year.  The host city could be elected as early as 2021 but no specific dates have been set at this time.

Queensland could face rivals on the International stage including from India, Indonesia, Germany, China and jointly between North and South Korea but time seems to be running out as Australia surges ahead with plans.

The Queensland bid emerged as an early favorite this year after Morrison pledged AUD $10 million (USD $6.85 million) towards developing plans, claiming the expense was warranted even if the IOC doesn’t choose Australia to host the Games.  In September a delegation led by the Premier traveled to IOC headquarters in Lausanne to start a dialogue with the Future Host Commission for the Summer Games and IOC President Thomas Bach.

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