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Queensland Premier Anastacia Paluszczuk talks about Brisbane 2032

 

“Today the Organising Committee Board for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG) will come together for the inaugural Board Meeting, with the first priority to recruit a Chief Executive Officer.”

“Brisbane 2032 OCOG President, Mr Andrew Liveris, said he was looking forward to meeting the 21-person strong Board for the first time and they would make the most of being ahead of the game.”

“We are in a privileged position in that we are on target with our schedule and about four years ahead in comparison to other Games. Most other Games are in our delivery position six years out, not 10,” Mr Liveris said.

“Since becoming President I have taken the time to speak with my colleagues on the Board ahead of this meeting. The responsibility we hold to deliver the biggest transformational event Queensland has seen this decade, is not lost on any of us.

“We are looking forward to showcasing Brisbane, Queensland and Australia to the world. We are eager to ensure principles of sustainability, inclusion and diversity are carried through our planning. We will deliver the OCOG’s responsibilities in a cost neutral manner, so it is not a burden on taxpayers.

“One of our top priorities will be to recruit a Chief Executive to help lead the OCOG and stand up the initial OCOG team.

“People should expect that in these early years we will be planning, listening and learning from our colleagues on other Games. It is through this strategic thinking that we can coordinate the delivery program most effectively to set us up for success in 2032,” he said. 

Federal Minister for Sport, Richard Colbeck, said the OCOG Board was in a strong position to take Games planning forward. 

“The Australian Government has worked closely with the Queensland Government over the last nine months to lay the foundation for this Board, which will now take the lead on event planning,” Senator Colbeck said.

Premier and Minister for the Olympics, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the meeting was another important step on the ten-year journey to hosting the Games. 

“It’s about the years leading up to and following the Games that will completely transform our State.” 

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the first meeting of the Olympic organising committee was a pivotal moment in Brisbane’s history.

“This group will deliver the biggest sporting event in the world right here in Brisbane and its going to be a huge task to ensure our city is ready to be showcased to a global audience,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Further to that, the Board will have the important responsibility of ensuring Brisbane 2032 leaves a lasting legacy.

“I’m pleased the Board is now underway so we can get on with the job of delivering a Games that benefits our region’s residents for decades to come.”

President of the Australian Olympic Committee and Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr John Coates, said he is looking forward to the next iteration of the Brisbane 2032 journey. 

“We have seen the creative and enthusiastic work being undertaken by Dow, under the leadership of Andrew Liveris, to create the ‘Green Olympics’ as a TOP (The Olympic Partner) sponsor.

“We look forward to Andrew’s leadership, starting with today’s meeting. Andrew understands Olympic sport and what it stands for. His is a voice that will be listened to at home and internationally.,” Mr Coates said.

Brisbane 2032 OCOG Board off and running - 27 April 2022 - Queensland Government

 

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Recruiting a Chief Executive among the first priorities of the Brisbane Organising Committee.

 

There has been speculation that AFL CEO, Gillon Machlan will be recruited for this gig and who is stepping down from his current job at the end of this season.

League boss reportedly eyeing off Olympic post - 24 July 2021 - zerohanger.com

AFL CEO Weighing up surprising new role - July 2021 - sen.com.au

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Site for the International Broadcast Centre - link to full statement below:

Glass manufacturing jobs protected and Olympic broadcasting site secured - Queensland Premier Anastacia Paluszczuk - 28Apr2022

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More than 200 manufacturing jobs at Visy’s Brisbane glass factory have been protected by the Palaszczuk Government as part of a deal to secure a site for a key 2032 Olympic venue.

Premier and Minister for the Olympics Annastacia Palaszczuk said the deal was a win for jobs – today and for the next decade.

“This is a key milestone for one of the vital infrastructure pieces of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games – the International Broadcast Centre,” the Premier said.

“This deal secures the site for the IBC, but it also secures the manufacturing jobs currently located at the Visy factory in West End.”

The agreement to secure the IBC site is part of a broader deal between the Palaszczuk Government and Visy which will see the company invest $700 million in Queensland.

Deputy Premier and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure Steven Miles said Visy’s commitment would secure jobs at three separate locations across the south-east.

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South Bank 2.0: $160m site deal for Olympics and beyond - 28 April 2022 - Brisbane Courier Mail

A glass manufacturer in South Brisbane will be relocated in a move that will see the site used for a crucial piece of Olympics infrastructure – and later become a “South Bank 2.0”.

And just as Expo 88 paved the way for today’s South Bank Parklands, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said after the Olympics the land would be used as a permanent asset for the city that would be 9ha in size – saying he wanted to see a “South Bank 2.0”.

“What we will see here in the future is something like South Bank,” he said.

“This is a really exciting legacy for the people of Brisbane. Every single resident of Brisbane will be able to come here in the future into an amazing world-class parkland facility.”

Ms Palaszczuk confirmed it cost over $160 million for the State Government to acquire the site, with the demolition of the factory not expected until 2025.

The Premier said the Government would work collaboratively with council and the community to determine the best way to use the site beyond the Games.

“This is going to be an amazing precinct and will completely revitalise this portion of South Brisbane,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“There can be mixed use, there can be a combination of green space, there can a combination of restaurants – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

“We’ve got more than 10 years to work that out.”

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Off and running: $700m deal lands key riverfront site for Olympic broadcast hub - 28Apr2022 - In Queensland

The Visy glass manufacturing plant at South Brisbane will be transformed into an international media centre for the 2032 Olympics under a $700 million deal announced today.

The State Government said will pay $165 million for the South Brisbane site which would be transformed following the Olympics into what the Government called South Bank 2.0. The deal was announced just a day after the Brisbane Olympics organising committee had its first formal meeting.

Visy will move its glass manufacturing to Stapylton under the deal.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the deal was a key milestone for one of the vital infrastructure pieces of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“This deal secures the site for the IBC, but it also secures the manufacturing jobs currently located at the Visy factory in West End,” she said.

The agreement to secure the IBC site is part of a broader deal between the Palaszczuk Government and Visy which would mean the company invested $700 million in Queensland.

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A busy day for Brisbane 2032 Olympic announcements.  This one about the Whitewater Canoe Slalom site developments:

Brisbane Times - 28 April 2022 - Tony Moore:

Let the Games Begin: Plans finalised for key Olympic community sites

One of the 2032 Olympic Games venues will be built on bushland that was the subject of a fierce political debate after being earmarked by the federal government for housing.

The land at Birkdale featured in the 2018 federal budget, alarming Redlands mayor Karen Williams who instead told prime ministers and ministers the land on Old Cleveland Road was more valuable as a community resource.

Four years on, the 62-hectare site, 20km from the CBD, will now be transformed into a South-Bank-styled parkland featuring a whitewater kayaking slalom course.

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On Thursday, a special meeting of the Redlands City Council endirsed the 20-year master plan for a Birkdale Community Precinct, putting it out for community consultation.

“It will be one of the largest community spaces in south-east Queensland, and will include a South-Bank-style public lagoon that the community has been asking for over many years,” Williams said.
“It will also include restoration of the heritage-listed Willard Farmhouse and outbuildings, the heritage-listed former World War II Radio Receiving Station and the Redlands Whitewater Centre.

“This will be a host venue during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as a host of entertainment and recreational facilities.”

Almost two-thirds of the site, which was eventually bought by Redland City Council in 2019, remains remnant bushland and conservation areas, while a car park will be built on a central spine.

Some parts of the 62-hectare site will be reshaped as walking trails, interactive tours and “wilderness experiences”, while seven focus areas or “community hubs” will be built over time.

The seven “community hubs” identified by the council include concepts such as education and adventure, and cultural and arts hubs to provide venues for local and touring musicians, Williams said.

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Concept plan for the Birkdale Community Precinct which includes the 2032 Games Whitewater soorts venue, walking trails, entertainment venues and heritage sites. Redland City Council.

 

 

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As John Coates steps down from the AOC Presidency, some comments and reflections about Brisbane 2032 from this:

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As John Coates steps down, two things make him ‘very proud’ - 29 April 2022 - Brisbane Times - by Phil Lutton

Brisbane’s coronation for 2032, thanks largely to a new bidding system Coates helped design, was his version of hitting a six off the last ball to win the Ashes at the SCG. Not that his influence will end on the weekend; he will sit on the Brisbane 2032 board, remain an AOC member for life and charge the committee about $150,000 a year as a consultant.

The preordained Brisbane result was a far cry from the frantic days before Sydney, when the race for an Olympics involved addressing each of the 87 member nations in an eye-wateringly expensive courting process that required as much guile behind the scenes as public relations in front of the cameras.

Sheer optimism wins as Brisbane ‘served’ right to host 2032 Olympics

“I think in the last days, I visited 30 countries. The lobbying went right down to the wire, the last day. So it has all changed. The arrangements for Brisbane were less complex, a less costly procedure. And so we were selected as the preferred candidate. It still had to go through the IOC executive board and there were a few moments there. But in the final vote, there were only four or five against us,” Coates says.

True to form, Coates hit back sharply at critics who suggested he gave Brisbane the inside running through his role as AOC president and an architect of major bidding reforms.

“Yes, there was some criticism from some candidates who were caught with their pants down. And I think we had a big advantage, but the IOC was very careful to inform them of what was required. They actually hadn’t done the work.

“None of them had gone to that detail. There was interest, but the work behind it wasn’t done. Now those countries who were critical are all lining up for 2036.”

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IOC Hint at Virtual Sports Debuting in the Brisbane 2032 Games

Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032 has strongly hinted at inclusion of virtual sports while speaking to media in Sydney.

This is mentioned at around the 01:10 mark in this media report:

 

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E-sports at Brisbane 2032

“There has also been speculation in Australia that esports could feature at Brisbane 2032 - a possibility IOC Coordination Commission chair Kirsty Coventry has appeared to entertain this week.“

( the above quote re Brisbane 2032 is from from this Inside The Games report of President Macron wanting e-sports events linked to Paris 2024 )

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