By Andrea Fisher
The Queensland Government may pursue hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games if all levels of government support the State’s efforts.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently confirmed a Queensland based Games could provide substantial economic and community benefits, according to a detailed value proposition assessment.
She said, “hosting the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics could be a game-changer and deliver 20 years of accelerated opportunity for our State.”
According to the value assessment, the Games could potentially create 130,000 jobs, accelerate the development of infrastructure, boost international tourism by more than $20 billion, deliver up to $8.6 billion in new trade opportunities and deliver procurement and supply chain opportunities for businesses throughout the state.
Considering this, Cabinet has therefore newly made the decision to continue to work towards securing games. However, Ms Palaszczuk said they will only proceed with the plans if it is in the best interest of Queenslanders.
She said, “the world’s greatest event provides a platform like no other.
“Hosting around 11,000 athletes from 206 countries, and an estimated television audience of 3.2 billion people would see the world watching Queensland at its best. ”
“Queensland’s climate and world-class facilities provide an ideal environment for elite athletes to train and perform at their best, but it also has the ability to motivate our communities to participate in sport and lead a healthier lifestyle,” she said.
The pursuit of hosting the Games will be a staged approach in which the next step is securing financial agreement between all levels of government.
The Premier promises that they will continue to work closely with their partners to ensure they receive the financial support they require from all levels of Government. She says, “There’s more work to do to ensure we are in a position to put a compelling case to the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
“A strong partnership, including the right funding commitments, is vital – and our focus now is to secure that ahead of key discussions with the IOC at the Tokyo Olympics in July next year.”
Ms Palaszczuk said it was an ideal time for the State to pursue this opportunity considering both the IOC’s “New Norm” rules and the fact that they are prepared to contribute a significant investment toward Games delivery and their ability to provide flexibility.
She said, “we are well placed with more than 80% of venues existing or proposed to be temporary. This is not only about a few weeks of sport. This would leave a legacy supporting Queenslanders for decades into the future.”