Thursday, May 30, 2024

Transport investment key to SEQ 2032 support

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner (left) and Australian Olympic Committee President, Mr John Coates AC.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) has reaffirmed its commitment to an Olympic Games that delivers strong transport legacies for the south-east during a meeting with Australian Olympic Committee President, John Coates.

The region’s mayors initiated the push for an SEQ 2032 Games back in 2015 as a way to accelerate much-needed transport infrastructure and position the south-east as a global destination for tourism, trade and investment.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner met with Mr Coates in December to signal the restart of the development of a South East Queensland 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games candidature proposal.

“The SEQ Mayors remain committed to an Olympic Games that delivers critical transport infrastructure to support the growth of South East Queensland,” said Lord Mayor Schrinner.

“The positive support to-date from industry and the community for a Games proposal is predicated on seeing significant investment in transport infrastructure flow in the lead up to an SEQ 2032 Games.

“We’re fortunate that Mr Coates and the Australian Olympic Committee understand that an SEQ 2032 Games proposal has to be supported by long-term transport investment in this region.

“The SEQ Mayors are mindful not to get carried away with the hype of an Olympic Games and to ensure a Games delivers tangible and lasting transport legacies for South East Queensland. 

“I don’t think anyone wants to see an Olympic Games delivered just for the sake of it – particularly not the mayors of South East Queensland.”

Mr Coates visited Brisbane to meet with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor Schrinner to reignite the development of an SEQ 2032 Games proposal.

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) have been leading the push for an SEQ 2032 Games since 2015, releasing the South East Queensland 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Feasibility Study in early 2019. The SEQ Mayors have since secured the support of the Australian and Queensland governments for the proposal.

Findings of the Olympic Feasibility Study demonstrate that the SEQ 2032 Games’ operations could be cost-neutral and deliver billions in economic uplift for the south-east and Queensland. This is due to a raft of significant reforms introduced by the International Olympic Committee since 2018. 

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