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With all that’s being said about John Coates within the AOC & IOC, it’s very reminiscent of how Bach was talked about during Rogge’s second term. Is this dual inside-IOC ‘grooming’ - preparing Brisbane for getting the Games & getting Coates ready for a smooth transition to the presidency?

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11 hours ago, yoshi said:

With all that’s being said about John Coates within the AOC & IOC, it’s very reminiscent of how Bach was talked about during Rogge’s second term. Is this dual inside-IOC ‘grooming’ - preparing Brisbane for getting the Games & getting Coates ready for a smooth transition to the presidency?

 

I've noticed this talk as well. i would not be surprised to see Coates as the next IOC president. I also would be surprised if sometime in the next year or 18 months Brisbane gets some recognition as the "preferred bidder" for 2032  (similar to what the CGF has done for Hamilton)

 

I would also expect that should Brisbane get 2032 cricket is in with a good chance to be included (Probably in the 20/20 format)

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I very much doubt Thomas Bach’s term will already end next year. He’s surely got enough backing for now to extend until 2025, when Coates will be 75. That’s not an age to lead “the youth of the world”.

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Cant see cricket getting into the Games- it is played in so few countries, the West Indies would need to be split up, the GB team is Éngland' etc...

Coates seems to be a particularly nasty and vindictive character- and very ambitious. I cant see him being able to charm the IOC to take the Presidency.

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3 hours ago, StefanMUC said:

I very much doubt Thomas Bach’s term will already end next year. He’s surely got enough backing for now to extend until 2025, when Coates will be 75. That’s not an age to lead “the youth of the world”.

Actually Juan Antonio Samaranch was 81 when he retired as IOC President in 2001.  He served as IOC President for 21 years.

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14 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

Actually Juan Antonio Samaranch was 81 when he retired as IOC President in 2001.  He served as IOC President for 21 years.

I know. If serving a full term of 8 years, Coates would be 83. This is a pipe dream.

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Australia’s Southern Capitals Ruled Out of Olympics Bids

From:  The Australian’ newspaper dated 15 June 2019 in an article by Wayne Smith

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/olympics/australias-southern-capitals-ruled-out-of-olympics-bids/news-story/1ab64c303bab04eba4adb2c9a94367fb

(I’m posting Wayne Smith’s article, even though published mid-2019, as it add to the backdrop 2032 Brisbane/SEQ Bid)

“Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and and every ­Australian ­region outside southeast Queensland has been told they are effectively barred from ever bidding for a Summer Olympics ­following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to always hold the Summer Games in July-August.”

“The 1956 Melbourne Games were staged from November 22 to December 8 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics from September 15 to October 1, but this latest ruling means such Games can never happen again.”

“There is no question the two capitals have the capacity to stage the Games again, and indeed re-hosting the Olympics has become exceptionally trendy.”

“Next year’s host city, Tokyo also held the Games of 1964, while Paris and Los Angeles, the cities that will follow in 2024 and 2028, will be holding the Olympics for the third time.”

“But while Sydney and Melbourne have a sufficiently large population, and the sporting and general infrastructure to stage ­future Games, they have been DISQUALIFIED by their winter climate in July-August.”

“The change was dictated by giant American television network, NBC, which is the major sponsor of the IOC.”

“Every four years up to 2032 the network will pay $US2.3 billion to the IOC — about 40 per cent of its total revenue — just for the domestic US right.”

“In the past, it has flexed its muscles by ensuring that prime television events such as the swimming finals were held in US-friendly timeslots — even though it meant swimmers weren’t getting to bed until after 2am in Rio de Janeiro. But it is now dictating when the Games themselves can be staged.”

“The American summer holidays can range from the end of May to early September, depending on the state or region, but July-August is particularly preferred by NBC because it doesn’t clash with any other major US sporting events.”

“Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has spread the word around the major Olympic sports and the various Australian capitals of what the IOC decision will mean.”

“But his message did not strike home until he included the warning in a speech to a tourism lunch in Brisbane on Thursday.”

“On the basis that southeast Queensland is the only significant region, and Queensland the only state in Australia with all three of the requisite climate, population and sporting infrastructure to host a Summer Games in July-August, the AOC gave its in-principle support for a Games in SEQ and for a feasibility study into hosting them,” Mr Coates told The Courier-Mail’s Future Tourism Business lunch.”

“James Hulme, a director of the Committee for Sydney, told The Weekend Australian that Sydney was perfectly capable of staging a July-August Olympics.”

“Climate-wise, it would still be possible to hold the Games in July and August in Sydney,” Mr Hulme said. “The weather is still pretty temperate even though it’s in the middle of winter.”

“If you compare to the Cricket World Cup that’s happening at the moment in England and Wales, there are still some pretty chilly temperatures there.”

“In Sydney in winter, we still hold events like the Bledisloe Cup. And yeah, rugby is an Olympic sport.”

“Temperature can still be late teens, early 20s, which is probably ideal for athletics.”

“If you were to take into ­account the views of athletes and spectators, they probably don’t want to compete or watch the Olympics in really sapping heat.”

“In terms of infrastructure, Sydney stands out among Australian cities (for) holding major events. We obviously are investing a lot in terms of stadiums and transport infrastructure.”

“To hold an Olympics now, you need to have really high-quality public transport and ­Sydney is leading the way in terms of that.”

“The only southern hemisphere city to hold an Olympic Games in the July-August timeslot was Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Those Games ran from August 5 to 21.”

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Australia’s Southern Capitals Ruled Out of Olympics Bids

From:  The Australian’ newspaper dated 15 June 2019 in an article by Wayne Smith

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/olympics/australias-southern-capitals-ruled-out-of-olympics-bids/news-story/1ab64c303bab04eba4adb2c9a94367fb

(I’m posting Wayne Smith’s article, even though published mid-2019, as it add to the backdrop 2032 Brisbane/SEQ Bid)

“Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and and every ­Australian ­region outside southeast Queensland has been told they are effectively barred from ever bidding for a Summer Olympics ­following the International Olympic Committee’s decision to always hold the Summer Games in July-August.”

“The 1956 Melbourne Games were staged from November 22 to December 8 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics from September 15 to October 1, but this latest ruling means such Games can never happen again.”

“There is no question the two capitals have the capacity to stage the Games again, and indeed re-hosting the Olympics has become exceptionally trendy.”

“Next year’s host city, Tokyo also held the Games of 1964, while Paris and Los Angeles, the cities that will follow in 2024 and 2028, will be holding the Olympics for the third time.”

“But while Sydney and Melbourne have a sufficiently large population, and the sporting and general infrastructure to stage ­future Games, they have been DISQUALIFIED by their winter climate in July-August.”

“The change was dictated by giant American television network, NBC, which is the major sponsor of the IOC.”

“Every four years up to 2032 the network will pay $US2.3 billion to the IOC — about 40 per cent of its total revenue — just for the domestic US right.”

“In the past, it has flexed its muscles by ensuring that prime television events such as the swimming finals were held in US-friendly timeslots — even though it meant swimmers weren’t getting to bed until after 2am in Rio de Janeiro. But it is now dictating when the Games themselves can be staged.”

“The American summer holidays can range from the end of May to early September, depending on the state or region, but July-August is particularly preferred by NBC because it doesn’t clash with any other major US sporting events.”

“Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has spread the word around the major Olympic sports and the various Australian capitals of what the IOC decision will mean.”

“But his message did not strike home until he included the warning in a speech to a tourism lunch in Brisbane on Thursday.”

“On the basis that southeast Queensland is the only significant region, and Queensland the only state in Australia with all three of the requisite climate, population and sporting infrastructure to host a Summer Games in July-August, the AOC gave its in-principle support for a Games in SEQ and for a feasibility study into hosting them,” Mr Coates told The Courier-Mail’s Future Tourism Business lunch.”

“James Hulme, a director of the Committee for Sydney, told The Weekend Australian that Sydney was perfectly capable of staging a July-August Olympics.”

“Climate-wise, it would still be possible to hold the Games in July and August in Sydney,” Mr Hulme said. “The weather is still pretty temperate even though it’s in the middle of winter.”

“If you compare to the Cricket World Cup that’s happening at the moment in England and Wales, there are still some pretty chilly temperatures there.”

“In Sydney in winter, we still hold events like the Bledisloe Cup. And yeah, rugby is an Olympic sport.”

“Temperature can still be late teens, early 20s, which is probably ideal for athletics.”

“If you were to take into ­account the views of athletes and spectators, they probably don’t want to compete or watch the Olympics in really sapping heat.”

“In terms of infrastructure, Sydney stands out among Australian cities (for) holding major events. We obviously are investing a lot in terms of stadiums and transport infrastructure.”

“To hold an Olympics now, you need to have really high-quality public transport and ­Sydney is leading the way in terms of that.”

“The only southern hemisphere city to hold an Olympic Games in the July-August timeslot was Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Those Games ran from August 5 to 21.”

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Queensland presses pause on Olympic bid amid COVID-19 recovery

Credit: Brisbane Times,

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/queensland-government-presses-pause-on-2032-olympic-bid-20200523-p54vrb.html

By Matt Dennien and Ed Jackson, May 23, 2020

Queensland's bid to host the 2032 Olympics has been placed on hold as the state government focuses on the state's recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

The decision came as the state added two new cases of COVID-19 to its books on Saturday, amid ongoing debate around the economic impact of border closures.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Saturday the bid process had been paused, but was adamant the decision didn't go any further than that.

"It's just on hold. I wouldn't read too much into that," Palaszczuk told reporters.

"It's just on hold. I wouldn't read too much into that," Palaszczuk told reporters.

"We're focused absolutely on the economic recovery at the moment.

"They haven't even made a decision when the Tokyo Olympics are so any discussion about it is very premature."

After a week of criticism from the tourism sector, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and state and federal MPs over her comments that the state's border shutdown could extend out to September, Ms Palaszczuk said the situation would be "reviewed every month".

"I'm not going to talk about hypotheticals," she said.

Asked about NSW' plans to open venues to groups of up to 50 from June 1, Ms Palaszczuk said it was a "matter for them".

"But we do know they are the state with the highest number of cases," she said.

"We are the envy of other parts of the world ... and we don't want to put that at risk.

"Of course we want to see the economy open and the economy will be able to open in a sensible and gradual manner because we have done such a remarkable job with the health crisis."

Under stage two of the state's road map to easing restrictions, up to 20 people will be allowed to dine in at venues, with more possible under approval by health authorities.

Queensland's two new cases took the state's total to 1060. Just 13 of those remain active.

They followed confirmation from Queensland Health that the matter surrounding a now-suspended nurse whose diagnosis sparked a health scare at the Central Queensland aged-care facility where she worked while unwell and awaiting test results had been referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

The notification is understood to be a requirement, as the matter involves an alleged breach of public health directions.

Neither of the new cases was linked to the Rockhampton area.

As far as the Olympic bid pause, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates showed his support, saying it made sense in the current climate for the process to be put on hold.

"We all understand there are pressing issues of public health and community wellbeing for governments to address," Coates said in a statement.

"The candidature will have its role to play in terms of jobs and growth in the Queensland economy once we have seen our way through the current crisis."

The decision by the Palaszczuk government came after Queensland federal MP Bob Katter said earlier this week he believed the bid should be scrapped in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact.

"If it was a stupid idea to sink billions into a Brisbane Olympic games before COVID-19 then, it is infinitely more stupid now," Mr Katter said.

If successful, the Queensland bid, centred on Brisbane, would be the third time Australia has hosted the Games, after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

- With AAP

 

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makes sense at the moment to sit and see what happens. There was a radio interview this morning with a sports reporter and the thinking was as follows:

we don't know whats happening with Tokyo. It's possible Tokyo will not go ahead. if this is the case, Tokyo has flushed big money down the toilet. they will want some return for this money. therefore, do we push everything back 4 years? (ie Tokyo 2024, Paris 2028 and LA 2032) or do they award Tokyo 2032 as a compensation? 

 

The bid is not dead - as much as some on the more extreme right would like it to be - it's just paused, and it is the right thing to do at the moment.

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Queensland Olympics bid to drive post-COVID-19 recovery: AOC

 

Credit: Brisbane Times 

 

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/queensland-olympics-bid-to-drive-post-covid-19-recovery-aoc-20200526-p54wkf.html

 

 

By Gregg Baum May 26, 2020 — 2.53pm

 

 

 

Far from dampen Queensland’s 2032 Olympics bid, the coronavirus crisis can work in its favour as well as acting as driver of recovery for the state, the Australian Olympic Committee says.

AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Queensland already has the edge on less advanced bids from Indonesia, India, Germany, Spain and, jointly, North and South Korea. “Queensland is ahead of the game. They can move very quickly,” Carroll said. “They’re already well down the track of master planning for the Games.

 

“The state government already has given the green light to pursue it. The other cities are talking about it, but they haven’t started their candidatures. Whether they do after this crisis, the IOC can make a decision by 2022. They’re no longer bound to (make a decision) seven years before a Games.”

The AOC and the Queensland government have put the bid on hold while the country negotiates a path through the crisis. Meantime, maverick north Queensland Federal MP Bob Katter has labelled it a waste of money and resources at the worst time

 

"If it was a stupid idea to sink billions into a Brisbane Olympic games before COVID-19, then it is infinitely more stupid now," Katter said.

But Carroll maintains that under new, slimline International Olympic Committee protocols, the Games themselves will be cost-neutral to Australia. Meantime, there would be a decade of new opportunities.

 

“On the other side of the crisis, we think the candidature has a role to play,” Carroll said. “There’s a 10-year runway. There’s the other major events that a thing like the Olympic Games will start to attract to Australia.”

Already locked in the women’s basketball world championships in Sydney and the world road cycling championships in Wollongong, both in 2022. Beyond, there’s the possibility of the women’s soccer World Cup in 2023 and the men’s rugby World Cup in 2027. Australia have made bids for both. “The Olympic Games is the icing on the cake in the end,” Carroll said.

 

Carroll said there would be immediate work in planning and tourism, and nearer to the time work in businesses providing services to the Games as well as at the Olympics themselves. Typically, he said, the host broadcaster employed 10,000 local people to produce the Olympics coverage. These would be spread across the state.

“If you think about it a different way, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional benefits and drivers are actually an incentive towards hosting the Games,” Carroll said.

“And hosting the Games is getting cheaper each time. The IOC is simplifying the Games.”

Host cities are now encouraged to use existing and temporary venues, smaller than previously. “The IOC now says, if you don’t need it in the future, don’t build it,” Carroll said. “Just do a temporary facility. You’ll see it in Tokyo [next year] and certainly in Paris and Los Angeles, hosts in 2024 and 2028.

 

Extras such as live sites are optional henceforth. “You can see the scale is being adjusted, and for good measure,” Carroll said.

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As reported on Gamesbids.com:

IOC To Resume 2032 Olympic Bid Discussions With Australia ‘At The Appropriate Time’

Posted on May 26, 2020 3:31 PM by Robert Livingstone in Featured, Future Summer Bids

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that it will wait until Australia and other nations are ready to continue with their Olympic bids while they step back during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Last week the Premier of Australia’s South East Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her state’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games would be “put on hold until further notice” while focus remains on responding the the impacts of COVID-19.

Officials in Indonesia said last month that their work behind a Jakarta 2032 bid would be limited until at least December while the pandemic is raging through many nations in the world.

An IOC spokesperson responded to the news Monday, telling GamesBids.com that these are prudent actions moving forward.

“One of the priorities for the IOC and the Olympic Movement at the moment is to support the containment of the virus,” the spokesperson said.

“In that spirit, we fully understand and support this approach.

“Flexibility is one of the key drivers of the IOC’s new approach to future host elections, which means we will be able to continue our discussions with the Australian Olympic Committee and government stakeholders at the appropriate time.”

Other 2032 bids have been positioned from India, Germany, China and jointly between North and South Korea.

Japan, Spain and the United States were named by the IOC in January as nations in discussions to host a future Winter Olympics in 2030 or 2034.

After government approval, the South East Queensland (SEQ 2032) bid was the first  to roar out of the gates last December and has been considered the front runner in the fledgling race.  Insiders were expecting a quick election as early as 2021.

But now – after most spectator sports around the globe has been halted – so is the bid.  The new time window could give other the bids a chance to catch up, or interest from other nations to emerge.

For Australian officials the delay is not causing concern and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Chief Matt Carroll says his bid centered around state capital Brisbane could be better positioned after the pandemic is under control.

“Queensland is ahead of the game. They can move very quickly,” Carroll told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“They’re already well down the track of master planning for the Games.

“The other cities are talking about it, but they haven’t started their candidatures.

“Whether they do after this crisis, the IOC can make a decision by 2022. They’re no longer bound to (make a decision) seven years before a Games.”

New rules voted into place last year dropped the fixed calendar and put the timing at the discretion of the IOC’s host city commissions.

“On the other side of the crisis, we think the candidature has a role to play,” Carroll said.

“There’s a 10-year runway.

“If you think about it a different way, after the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional benefits and drivers are actually an incentive towards hosting the Games.”

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17 Fast-tracked projects and Campaigns

Credit:  From the ‘Committee for Brisbane’ website -  COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

The Committee for Brisbane is an active participant in and facilitator of discussions locally, state-wide and internationally about planning for the recovery phase from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday 26 May 2020 Update – The Recovery Strategy Group has formed a list of priority projects and funding levers designed to generate new jobs and deliver regional economic value. These documents have been provided to the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and Cr Adam Allen. 

2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games:   Release visions around the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics candidature and commission upgrades required for an Olympic bid (as soon as practicable). Establish a Legacy Planning Taskforce (with significant private sector participation) to guide the investigation and development of long-term, public and social infrastructure projects; and consider opportunities for inclusive tourism, leisure and event experiences for participants and spectators.

Brisbane Live:  Finalise the business case, market soundings and any other assessments as a matter of urgency and announce the commencement of the Brisbane Live entertainment precinct that has the potential to deliver 450 jobs per year during construction and 600 ongoing jobs once operational.

Cross River Rail Precincts Strategy:  Fast-track the CRRDA precincts strategy around the high-capacity stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street, and Exhibition. The precincts strategy can significantly revitalise key inner-city growth areas and is expected to leverage up to $20 billion in new city-changing investment and generate around 35,000 new jobs.

Kangaroo Point to CBD and Breakfast Creek green bridges
State Government approval processes to be fast-tracked to enable construction timelines to be brought forward. Subject to community feedback and government approvals, construction of the green bridges could commence as early as 2021, with expected completion by 2024-25.

North West Transport Network
 Council is developing a business case to help reduce congestion on Brisbane’s north west transport network. The business case study is currently being finalised. CFB calls on the Federal Government to fast-track its assessment of the business case, once submitted.

Brisbane Metro:   State Government and Council to resolve the redesign of the Cultural Centre Metro Station as a matter of urgency and bring forward schedules to deliver this project sooner than its planned 2023 completion.

Waterfront Brisbane
 Fast-track approval of the $2.1 billion Waterfront Brisbane project to transform Eagle Street Pier into a premium business and leisure destination. It is estimated that 1,120 construction jobs per year will be created, on average, over the next 10 years, with an additional 900 operational jobs supported once fully constructed.

SEQ City Deal
Federal, State and local governments to recommit to the SEQ City Deal which was scheduled for release (version one) by mid-2020. The SEQ City Deal should play a critical role in any economic recovery strategy. With the amount of time and energy expended to date on exploring the SEQ City Deal, it is clearly a logical place to start.

Connecting Inland Rail to the Port of Brisbane
Advocate for a dedicated freight rail line to the port. The link could increase GRP in the region by around $5.4 billion to 2045 and deliver 2.4 million less truck movements, around $820 million in economic, social and environmental benefits each year and an average of 1,200 new jobs each year to 2045. Further, we call on the Federal and State Governments to fast-track approval processes so the detailed design and construction of the Queensland sections of the Melbourne to Brisbane project can start sooner.

Suburban renewal opportunities:  Conduct an audit of potential suburban renewal projects, for example, undertake a cost/benefit analysis of the 2019 Suburban Alliance proposals for Chermside and Salisbury. A $100m project can make a big difference to suburban centres and is more likely to be tendered and delivered by local businesses and professionals.

Royal Queensland Golf Club
State Government and Brisbane City Council to support the redevelopment of Royal Queensland Golf Club as an integrated tourism hub, with golf retained as the primary use supported by a golf- focussed, commercial, community precinct.

Victoria Park
Continue to develop the Vision and masterplan for Victoria Park. The future design, protection, celebration and activation of Victoria Park is critical to stitching together the city centre and one of Brisbane’s greatest assets.

Marketing Brisbane’s creative sector
Fund and implement an immediate, multifaceted marketing campaign that draws on the archive of Brisbane’s creative sector to highlight the value of creativity, culture and lifestyle. The campaign should be devised and driven in partnership with the sector. Longer-term, fund and implement a 12-24 month recovery marketing campaign, aimed at local, intra and interstate audiences, that re-engages people with arts and culture and increases their confidence around Brisbane’s recovery.

“Streets of Your Town” music history trail and placemaking
 Provide financial and administrative support to undertake the “Streets of Your Town” activated cultural heritage project (that has been developed by QUT Creative Industries) to develop a new approach to creative city development by activating cultural heritage through popular music. Streets of Your Town is a placemaking and tourism concept supported in principle by the Committee for Brisbane, that may form part of its broader Creative Brisbane Vision planned for 2020.

Brisbane Charter of Digital Capability
Develop a charter of minimally acceptable internet services for Brisbane that enables businesses and their staffs to competently ask for and access suitable standards of service. Internet services are as important to the modern business for connectivity and supply chain as are roads and railways.

Internet black holes
Commission an audit and develop a program of rectification for Brisbane’s internet “black holes”.

Access to quality IT advice and standards
Support and fund the establishment of a Brisbane SME advisory service that allows SMEs to be briefed on available business technology services, minimum standards of service and support. The ITC industry is largely unregulated, and vendor driven, and Brisbane SME’s deserve an impartial and qualified advisory service to maximise their capacity in the digital economy.

 

 

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2020 the 'biggest ever' year of Queensland roadworks: Transport Minister

Credit: By Lucy Stone, 22/1/20 Brisbane Times

Sections of the Bruce Highway notorious for serious crashes are flagged for upgrades in 2020, with the state government beginning work on five sections of the highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said on Wednesday the state's road investment program for the year ahead would see more than 21,500 jobs across multiple projects under the state's $23 billion road work focus.

”2020 is going to be a massive year for road infrastructure in Queensland, the biggest ever," he said.

"We're seeing not just the continuation of a lot of large projects, but we're seeing a huge number of new projects right across Queensland.”

“Particularly on the Sunshine Coast, where we'll see four major projects worth $2.5 billion start heavy construction work across 2020, creating nearly 2000 jobs across the four projects."

A 60-kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway will be upgraded between Cooroy, west of Noosa, and Curra in the Gympie region with a $1 billion price tag.

Further north, the Bruce Highway will also see upgrades from Edmonton to Gordonvale in Cairns with a budget of $481 million.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the state government was "simply not doing enough" for road maintenance and upgrades.

"When you're looking at the continuous accidents that are blocking the Bruce, it is obvious that we need to make sure there is future planning for the Bruce," she said.

Ms Frecklington said the LNP was "constantly fighting" for upgrades along the Sunshine and Gold coasts, including to railway lines.

Another section of the highway between Caboolture and Steve Irwin Way was also flagged for upgrades at a $662 million cost.

At Deception Bay, the highway interchange will also be upgraded at a cost of $150 million, and $301 million is earmarked for interchange upgrades at Maroochydore Road and Mons Road, respectively.

Work will begin on the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A, costing $712 million, and $550 million will go to rail upgrades for the Sunshine Coast.

The projects starting this year coincide with further road work under way on the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, and sections of work on the M1 north of Brisbane.

Mr Bailey said the upgrades on that section were "absolutely gigantic" and would be completed by the end of the year if the weather held up.

He said progressive openings would happen on that section of the Sunshine Coast motorway as the upgrade continued.

Ms Frecklington said the LNP was the only party that would deliver the second M1 to the Gold Coast and the Palaszczuk government was not doing enough.

"I haven't seen the details of the Palaszczuk government doing anything in relation to the second M1," she said.

Ms Frecklington said the LNP had committed $550 million for the second M1 but the state government only had "crickets".

Mr Bailey said the state had gazetted all sections of the second M1, describing it as a "mammoth project" with a business case and full funding for the $2.5 billion project needed.

He said the Palaszczuk government had made significant progress but the previous LNP government had done nothing to gazette the land.

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One of the things I absolutely admired the hell out of for the Australians for, was there diligence and incredible hard work at road construction.  When there was a section of road cordoned off in Australia, there were guys working their tails off in the coned off areas.  You blokes would have an absolute heart attack seeing the lack of work done in American road construction areas, it is absolutely nauseating.  

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Brisbane to Gold Coast - Pacific Motorway M1 Upgrade Program

Credit: Queensland Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Pacific Motorway M1 Upgrade Program

The Pacific Motorway (M1) is one of Australia’s busiest highways and is a national freight route. The upgrade and widening of the Pacific Motorway (M1) is being delivered in strategic priority stages as funding becomes available, based on traffic volumes and best value for money.

Currently there is an average of between 60,000 and 170,000 vehicles per day using sections of the Pacific Motorway (M1) from Springwood to Tugun. 

These figures represent the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) which is the number of vehicles passing a point on a road in a 24-hour period, averaged over a calendar year.

Traffic analysis from early 2019 identified more than 210,000 vehicles are using the M1 between Coomera and Nerang on the busiest days.

Pacific Motorway (M1) projects

Status as at 2 August 2019

Pacific Motorway (M1) asphalt overlay works

Asphalt overlay works have recently been completed on the Pacific Motorway (M1) from south of Shailer Road to Beenleigh–Redland Bay Road (Exit 30). 

These road improvement works included repairs to the existing pavement, a new asphalt layer and new line marking. 

Following completion of the works, this section of the motorway has now returned to the posted speed limit of 100km/h.  

Coomera Connector

The Coomera Connector (formerly known as the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor) is being planned as a new transport corridor, wide enough for up to 6 traffic lanes and is expected to include facilities for public transport and paths for walking and cycling. 

The alignment of the complete 45km future state-controlled transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, east of the Pacific Motorway (M1) was confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 15 March 2019.

The Coomera Connector is still in the preliminary phase of the project life cycle. TMR is in the process of identifying possible solutions to meet future transport requirements between Loganholme and Nerang. 

A master plan will then be developed to determine the preferred option for the Coomera Connector corridor. The master plan will help determine how delivery of the project could be staged.

Timelines for construction have not yet been identified and will depend on the future traffic growth in the surrounding area and availability of funding.

Pacific Motorway (M1) Intelligent Transport Systems / Smart Motorways

Intelligent Transport Systems, collectively known as Smart Motorways, help to reduce stop-start travel, improve safety and provide more predictable travel times for motorists. 

These technologies include:

  • variable speed limits
  • ramp signal management
  • queue detection and protection
  • Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP)
  • route traffic flush
  • variable message sign management
  • incident management facilities.

These smart technologies will be delivered in stages between Eight Mile Plains in the north, through to Tugun in the south, either as separate smaller construction packages or as part of upcoming major upgrades.

Pacific Motorway (M1) Incident Management

TMR arranges for Traffic Response Units and maintenance providers to attend crash sites to assist emergency services such as the Queensland Police Service or the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who manage the incident. TMR also controls the operation of the traffic signal network to help flush diverted traffic through the urban road network. Traffic Management Centre staff ensure that as many people as possible are advised of incidents so that they can plan their journey.

Pacific Motorway (M1) Initiatives

Pacific Motorway (M1) management initiatives were rolled out in the lead-up to and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) was commissioned by TMR to undertake an operational assessment of the Trucks Use Left Lanes (TULL) initiative and the other Pacific Motorway (M1) management initiatives. The report findings were released in 2018.

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More than 20 key players keen to invest in inner-city Brisbane stadium

5 June 2020

Credit: The Brisbane Times - by Lydia Lynch

More than 20 "key industry players" have said they are interested in investing in a proposed new stadium in the heart of Brisbane.

The state government's planned 18,000-seat entertainment precinct over Roma Street train station was put to market six months ago to gauge the interest of private-sector investors.

State Development Minister Kate Jones said the response from the private sector "had been great" despite economic pressures caused by the coronavirus.

"We know that businesses are doing it tough," she said.

"But through this process, it’s clear that there are plenty of major companies still keen to invest in a multibillion-dollar arena in the heart of Brisbane.

"We’ll continue to work with the private sector to promote more investment in new infrastructure projects throughout Brisbane – we want to see cranes in the sky and workers in jobs."

The idea to build the $2 billion arena began in 2007 but only kicked off when it became part of the Cross River Rail project.

The stadium would become "Queensland’s premier entertainment venue" hosting major live concerts and world-class sporting events.

Roma Street was one of seven sites investigated as a potential location through the business case process.

A recent auditor-general report, which analysed the business case, found the stadium was not economically viable.

"The reference project had a benefit-cost ratio of 0.36, which indicates that the economic benefits do not offset the large upfront capital costs of the project," the report read.

A project should have a benefit-cost ratio of at least 1 to show it will deliver a positive return on the investment.

Formal expressions of interests were expected to be called on once market sounding has wrapped up.

-with Tony Moore

 

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Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Opening 2020

Credit:  Cox Architecture, North Queensland Stadium

Queensland Country Bank Stadium formerly known as the North Queensland Stadium came to life as part of the Townsville City Deal – aiming to deliver a centrally located, 25,000-seat multi-purpose regional stadium in 2020 National Rugby League Season. The project will act as an infrastructure boost and will deliver more activation and development opportunities for the Townsville City Waterfront Priority Development Area and Townsville CBD.

The stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council, supported by both the NRL and North Queensland Cowboys.

It will host three rectangular sports – rugby league, rugby union and soccer – and will have the flexibility to host a range of alternative entertainment events such as concerts.

The Queensland Country Bank Stadium is anticipated to be a catalyst for direct and indirect change that will benefit Townsville and surround North Queensland regions. This includes expanding North Queensland infrastructure, supporting jobs and their flow-on economic benefits, fostering urban regeneration and enhanced liveability and raising the profile of North Queensland as a destination.

The design brief for the stadium was broad: an expression of Tropical Queensland and North Queensland in particular.

The design of the horseshoe-shaped bowl facing north towards the city and Magnetic Island was driven by a range of desires. The stadium needed to hold the proposed capacity without taking away from the close-knit community feel of its small suburban grounds. It needed to combine structural, functional and operational aspects of international modern stadia with engagement of its quintessentially Queensland surrounds.

Critical to the success of modern stadia of all types, particularly regional stadia, is a sense of place. In defining a sense of place for the North Queensland Stadium, design teams looked to Indigenous and local fauna to define possibilities. This factor drove the design to create a unique sense of place that drew inspiration from the form and narrative of the Pandanus tree.

The Pandanus tree is native to North Eastern Australia, commonly found on the coast and inland tropical Queensland. They are found in littoral rainforests, sand dunes, coastal sandy areas, beaches and vine forests. The Aboriginal people used the edible fruits as medicine and fruit, also utilising the leaves to make clothing, hats, baskets and more.

The Pandanus tree is hardy and thus was the perfect visual representation of the Queensland spirit. The strap like tapered leaves were a suitable reference point for the roof geometry.

Of course, a stadium roof can’t be held up by a good story. Its structural scheme was developed to achieve structural efficiently in the face of cyclonic wind conditions with a construction methodology that significantly reduces propping and provides flexibility in construction sequences.

Multiple challenges were required to be assessed based on North Queensland’s tropical climate. Most Australian stadia’s have a language of elements and responses to climate including open concourses and minimised walls. North Queensland Stadium adopted a metal roof solution where a membrane is a potential alternative to cyclonic conditions and insulation against intense heat.

The stadium’s open-ended bowl allows afternoon breezes to travel through and create relief.

Wind speed was a significant influence on design. Townsville wind loads are approximately 50% higher than Brisbane and 100% higher than Sydney meaning the weight of steel required must be proportionate to these loads. The architectural and engineering teams worked hard to design a roof structure that responds to wind but also provides an overarching elegant expression for the structure.

Using the natural sweep of land, amenities and other ancillary service facilities are located at ground level under the main concourse. Food and beverage facilities are located on the concourse for better engagement with the bowl, maintaining sightlines from the concourse through to the playing field at all times.

North Queensland Stadium will be an urban attraction, drawing tourists and locals to Townsville’s city heart. This project is being completed in partnership with local practice, Counterpoint Architects.

 

 

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Sunshine Coast Council approves stadium expansion plans

Credit:  By Matt Dennien, December 13, 2019 - Brisbane Times

Major sporting events on the Sunshine Coast could accommodate thousands of extra spectators under plans for an initial $68 million expansion of the council's Kawana stadium.

The council released concept drawings of the first stage on Friday, which would boost the overall capacity to 16,618 with a new eastern grandstand and expansion of the existing western side.

The council has agreed to commit $17 million towards the project, subject to securing matched funding from other stakeholders including the state and federal governments, after first floating the idea in 2016.

“If all funding can be secured, works on the expansion will start in October 2021 with construction expected to take 15 months," mayor Mark Jamieson said.

He added that the 10,573 new seats would come at a cost of about $6400 each and "compare favourably" with other recent and upcoming developments in Australia and abroad with per-seat costs exceeding $10,000.

The new eastern stand would seat 8085 people, with 3533 in the expanded western stand and mounds at the south and north end accommodating a further 5000.

In addition to extra seating, public and player amenities would be upgraded to include warm-up and recovery areas, multi-purpose community spaces, two new change rooms, media and corporate facilities.

The expansion project is hoped to improve the stadium's experience for fans and its ability to "meet the requirements" of sporting codes like the NRL and A-League. Live music is also slated for the site.

Further development of north and south grandstands could follow under the council's "final desired state" for the stadium, pushing capacity out to 23,400.

Architects have been engaged by the council to develop the vision, though costing for any further stages has not been finalised.

Cr Jamieson said while the coast was evolving as one of the country's leading city regions, a stadium with the capacity to support growing demand for national sporting and entertainment events was a "missing piece" in the infrastructure puzzle.

“Council wants to ensure our region realises its full potential as a major events destination and to meet our vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative,” Cr Jamieson said.

With support from Tourism Events Queensland, the council holds a contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs to host one regular game across the 2019, 2020 and 2021 NRL seasons. One Cronulla Sharks fixture will also be played at the site in both 2020 and 2021.

A Women's NRL State of Origin game will head to the stadium next year, along with two Elton John concerts.

The plans come amid continuing speculation around the potential for a new Brisbane-based NRL team.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg commended the council on its plans, saying the code looked forward to working with the council to bring its "exciting vision" to life.

”We are always supportive of investment in rugby league venues, especially where they will deliver an enhanced experience for our fans and better facilities for our athletes," he said.

Rabbitohs boss Blake Solly echoed the support.

“In particular, increased seating and corporate areas will allow council or the event holder to increase the commercial returns on any event,” Mr Solly said. “This will ensure that the Sunshine Coast remains competitive in any bidding or tender process for the allocation of NRL matches.”

 

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Queensland Premier faces uphill battle at next election, according to poll

Credit:  By Darren Cartwright,  Brisbane Times    June 7, 2020

“Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk may be facing an uphill battle to win a third term in office at the upcoming state election, according to a new poll.

The YouGov poll shows a 3.2 per cent swing to the LNP, which leads Labor 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis.

At the 2017 election, the two-party preferred result had Labor on 51.2 and the LNP 48.8.

Labor's primary vote has also slipped from 35 per cent at the 2017 election to 32 per cent, while the LNP's has risen from 33.7 per cent to 38 per cent.

The poll, commissioned by News Corp and conducted last week, comes as the Premier endures pressure to reopen the state's borders, which have been shut since March to stymie the spread of COVID-19.

If the poll's prediction transpired on election day, it would put up to nine Labor seats in danger and potentially open the door for the LNP's Deb Frecklington to lead the state.”

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Note from AustralianFan:

Should the current Queensland Government lose the 31 October State Election,  Opposition Leader, Deb Frecklington (LNP - Liberal National Party), has previously expressed support for the 2032 Bid. 

 Ms Frecklington survived a leadership vote two days ago:   Sydney Morning Herald

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10 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

The election will be very close...Queensland is a strange place- only one house of Parliament, prominent 3rd and 4th parties, ever changing voting rules etc....it is anyones guess at the moment!

As a Brisbane based politics nut even i struggle to see where this is going. Sure the north and west traditionally vote conservative, but it;s the city seats where the election is won, and given whats happened in Qld with the last few elections i would not call it at all. There is no mood for change. no one has the baseball bats out like we did for Bligh and especially Newman. 

 

Theres also next to no election advertising at the moment (there was a Frekington billboard around the corner from me for about a week and than it was pulled down) meaning a good chunk of voters are not even thinking about state politics at the moment - and the current instablity in the LNP can't be heaping there case but would not be reflected in any polls released anyway

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Time Capsule to Mark Brisbane Airport’s Historic Second Runway Opening on 12 July 2020

12 June 2020,    Brisbane Airport Corporation

To commemorate the opening of Brisbane’s new runway, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is creating a time capsule so future Queenslanders can look back at the significance of this historic moment for our city, state and nation.

With the cancelation of community events planned for the opening of the new runway due to COVID-19, BAC is inviting community members to suggest possible items for inclusion, creating a snapshot of 2020 for the unveiling in 50 years’ time – the same length of time the runway has been in the plans to be built.

 

Along with seeking suggestions from the community, BAC is inviting iconic Queenslanders, Traditional Owners, airlines, schools, community groups and elected representatives to participate by contributing items symbolic for them.

The time capsule, to be opened in 2070, will be sealed during the official ‘ribbon cutting’ opening ceremony for Brisbane’s new runway on Sunday 12 July 2020.

Instead of storing underground, the sealed capsule will be housed in the Kingsford Smith Memorial at Brisbane Airport alongside the historical ‘Southern Cross’ aircraft flown by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said, “We were very much looking forward to sharing the significant milestone of the opening of the runway with our community who has been with us every step of the way during planning and construction, but that sadly is no longer possible due to COVID-19 restrictions.

"The time capsule is a small but significant way for community members to participate in the celebrations for the opening, while providing future generations with a glimpse of life in the year 2020, when it is opened in 50 years’ time.

“It is only fitting the time capsule be housed inside the Kingsford Smith Memorial. Just as Sir Charles Kingsford Smith crossing the Pacific Ocean in 1928 signalled a new era in aviation history, the opening of Brisbane’s new runway is a significant moment for our city, region and state.

“Particularly during these challenging times, the opening of this runway is a vote of confidence in Queensland’s future and our confidence in that future is just as strong as ever.

“It is a long-term piece of infrastructure and we hope that its opening will be a comforting reminder to everyone that things will get better and the future will be bright,” Mr de Graaff said.

Ideas received from the community will be collated by BAC and select items will be added to the capsule. Suggestions can be emailed to timecapsule@bne.com.au by Wednesday 1 July 2020.

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23 May, 2020     TOUCH AND GO ON BRISBANE AIRPORT’S NEW RUNWAY

Credit:  Brisbane Airport Corporation

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and Airservices Australia conducted two flight checks on Brisbane’s new runway this afternoon.

BAC’s flight check included the first ‘touch and go’ on the new runway, undertaken by a Twin Comanche aircraft. The first official passenger jet landing and departure will take place on runway opening, Sunday 12 July 2020.

Prior to the flight check, Airside Operations will complete a runway serviceability inspection.

Project Director Paul Coughlan said the flight check aims to test the lighting systems that provide critical guidance to aircraft approaching and landing at the airport, including the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) and runway lighting.

“It is just over seven weeks until the new runway becomes operational and, while the runway itself is constructed and ready to go, we are still working hard to ensure all of supporting systems and navigational aids are working exactly as they should.

“Another significant milestone was achieved earlier this week, with the introduction of airspace changes and new flight paths from Thursday 21 May. Brisbane residents may notice some changes overhead with these new flight paths coming into effect in preparation for the opening of the Brisbane’s new runway.”

The Airservices’ flight check tested the approaches to the runway from the north and south without touching down.

These flights are part of several test flights which have been conducted since March and form part of the wider Operational Readiness and Testing (ORAT) program for the new runway which also included a recent multi-agency emergency exercise, the decommissioning of Runway 14/32 and the implementation of Stop Bars.

Brisbane’s new runway will open on Sunday, 12 July 2020.

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Work to upgrade the Gabba underway

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Credit:  AUStadiums 

13 June 2020

A $35 million upgrade of The Gabba is underway, with works to modernised the Brisbane stadium and improve the match-day atmosphere and experience for fans.

The upgrade includes enhancements to entries and ticketing areas, public concourses, food and beverage outlets, bar and entertainments spaces, improved signage and wayfinding, and upgraded media and corporate spaces.

Project works are currently in the demolition phase, beginning with the demolition of the eastern media zone, corporate suites and entry gates.

The Managing Contractor, Watpac were appointed in January 2020 and works began in March. The project is on track for completion by October 2020, ahead of the first match of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Stadiums Queensland Chief Executive, Todd Harris stated “The Gabba has a proud place in Queensland’s sporting and entertainment history, and these upgrades will ensure that reputation continues, and importantly keep people employed.

“Upgrades will improve the experience, with colour-coded theming of entrances to make it easier to get around, simplified signage, a sensory room, adult change facility, new eateries and destination bars and historical features to highlight our proud history.”

The Gabba General Manager Mark Zundans said construction was on schedule, noting “demolition works are well progressed and construction is well underway on the Eastern side of the grounds, with all works expected to be completed by October 2020.

Stadiums Queensland is working with the Department of Housing and Public Works to deliver the project. The project has been designed by local Brisbane architecture firm Populous and construction will be delivered by Watpac who were also involved in The Gabba’s most significant redevelopment in the 90’s/00s, as well as the recent installation of the new high definition video screens.

The Gabba’s key hirers Brisbane Lions, AFL, Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have also provided detailed input into the project plans.

The upgrade will not include a change to seating capacity. During construction there will be no change to general seating areas, however the schedule of works may result in some short-term unavailability of selected areas, such as bars and corporate spaces. The official capacity of venue remains at 42,000.

The $35 million project has secured the traditional first Cricket Test of the Australian summer at the Brisbane venue, including the tour of India this coming summer and the Ashes Series in 2021/22.

Project updates can be found on the Gabba website.

 

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Construction of Brisbane's New Cruise Terminal Underway

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Credit: The Maritime Executive

18 April 2020

Work has commenced on a new cruise terminal in the Port of Brisbane, Australia.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officiated the start of work on the A$158 million ($113 million) International Cruise Terminal this week. The terminal is scheduled to operational in October next year, and holds the potential to more than double Brisbane's cruise industry.

The new terminal will be able to accommodate larger vessels that the port's existing Hamilton facility including mega-cruise ships over 270 meters long. It is anticipated to boost Queensland's already billion dollar industry by more than a billion dollars over the next few years.

Last financial year, 520 cruise ships visited Queensland, an increase of 11 percent year-on-year. Within its first five years the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers. The port has over 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020/21 cruising season.

“That will stimulate the industry at ports up and down the Queensland coast, as we aim to increase passenger numbers throughout the state to more than a million a year," said Palaszczuk.

The terminal building is being built by Hindmarsh, and Brady Marine and Civil is constructing the wharf.V6maxZ.jpg

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