A world-class stadium in Brisbane with capacity for 80,000 people to watch the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies will form the centrepiece of a bold Queensland bid for the 2032 Olympics.
It comes as an Australian delegation met with Olympics powerbrokers in Switzerland overnight, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk telling the congregation that Queensland would stage a “safe and welcoming” Games.
A Queensland Games would also feature two athletes villages – one in Brisbane and the other on the Gold Coast.
Legacy transport infrastructure, such as a faster rail network linking south-east Queensland and a second M1 Highway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, will also be built to cater for an Olympics and a population boom across the region.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has softened her stance on a fast train network – a key action item from The Courier-Mail‘s Future SEQ campaign – recognising that it is a vital piece of the transport infrastructure jigsaw needed if the Sunshine State wins the right to host the 2032 Olympics.
Council of Mayors head Mark Jamieson and the Federal Government’s Olympics representative, Ted O’Brien, have both said publicly that faster rail is “critical” to an Olympics bid.
Ms Palaszczuk, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates and Star Entertainment Group chairman John O’Neill led the Queensland delegation, which last night met with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
For the first time, Mr Bach had invited a country to sit down with the IOC executive to work out whether a successful bid was feasible.
This is in stark contrast to the previous system where bidding countries spent tens of millions of dollars to try to win the bid.
Ms Palaszczuk told Mr Bach at last night’s meeting Queensland’s greatest asset was its “can do” mentality.
“We will provide a safe and welcoming Games,” she said. “There is no other place like Queensland on the planet.”
In the meeting, the Queensland delegation heard from the IOC on what its expectations were, particularly around transport infrastructure, security and athlete comfort.
Mr Bach wants “very few losers” from the new bidding process.
If the IOC likes what it hears, Queensland will proceed on its final bid, which will go before the IOC just before the Tokyo Olympics in July next year.
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