Saturday, May 25, 2024

Logan gets leg up on Olympic venue

Logan City Council says it has taken the next critical step towards securing a multi-purpose community venue to support the City through to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and beyond.

Councillors have voted to support the preliminary design for the large-scale facility to move forward.

The design will form part of the official business case to be presented to the Queensland and Australian Governments later in the year for consideration of an investment decision.

Mayor, Jon Raven says the design emphasises the city’s need for a broad-scale facility that can support a wide range of community activities including sports training and official competitions, conferences, exhibitions and corporate events.

Council also committed to providing in-principle funding for the required multi-purpose venue enhancements, as part of its 2025/26 Budget process.

Mayor Raven said Council was determined to aim high to secure a venue with “the potential to catapult the City of Logan into the future”.

“It’s no secret that our city has Olympic-sized dreams for its future, but those dreams extend well beyond the 2032 Games,” he said.

“We’ve been working collaboratively with the state and federal governments to get the best outcome for the city.

“Getting the design of this major new venue right will give our athletes, community groups and businesses more chances to succeed – and give everyone else another reason to visit the City of Logan.

“Today, we are showing the other levels of government that we’re serious about co-investing to build something that will have a long-term legacy.

“As the fastest-growing city in Queensland and with a young and diverse population of up-and-coming athletes, it’s vital our future venues cater to the expanding aspirations of our community.”

The delivery of the new multi-purpose venue is among several strategies Council is advocating for to capitalise on the hosting of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in South East Queensland.

Council’s 2032 City of Logan Legacy Roadmap outlines 19 key initiatives designed to:

  • secure new facilities and infrastructure
  • stimulate economic growth
  • promote active living and participation in sport
  • leverage multicultural roots within the local community.

The new venue, if supported by the State and Federal governments, is also expected to kickstart urban renewal in locations across the city by encouraging greater investment to stimulate economic growth and helping Council advocate for the development of more short-term accommodation, the Mayor said.

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