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Former Olympians join key committee for building Brisbane 2032 Games

Last week, Ms Palaszczuk officially added herself as Minister for the Olympics, Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Olympic Infrastructure and Minister of Tourism Stirling Hinchliffe as Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Olympic and Paralympic Games Sport and Engagement and Chairman of the Olympic Games Legacy Committee for BOCOG.

Artist’s impressions of the proposed Athletes’ Village for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

Zimbabwean swimmer and seven-time Olympic medalist Kirsty Coventry, who chairs the IOC Coordination Commission, links this Brisbane Organizing Committee to the International Olympic Committee.

But where to go from here? Building a pipeline of projects for the six new venues, eight upgraded venues and three athlete villages on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and in Northshore Hamilton, as well as all transportation links, is the first step.

The pipeline construction manager will be the yet-to-be-announced chairman of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Infrastructure Coordinating Authority, which will be jointly managed by the federal and Queensland governments and will fund infrastructure projects 50/50.

Mr. Miles knows he is in the hot seat of BOCOG.

“Hosting the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will mean a 10-year pipeline of construction jobs, trade and investment opportunities, and legacy projects that will benefit the people of Queensland for decades to come. “, did he declare.

“For Queensland, the economic and social benefits of Brisbane 2032 are estimated at around $8.1 billion, while around 91,600 years of full-time equivalent employment are expected to be created in the state over a 20-year period. .”

A total of 37 competition venues are required for the 28 Olympic sports and 22 Paralympic sports.

The Olympics’ “new standards bid” said around 84% of the venues already exist, but major infrastructure projects are needed to upgrade some of these facilities, including the Gabba.

New Olympic and Paralympic venues in South East Queensland in 2032

  • Brisbane Arena above the new Roma Street station, near Roma Street Parklands, will host swimming, water polo and Paralympic swimming in a 15,000-person temporary pool. After the Olympics, it will be a place for music and the arts because it is partly a private sector project.
  • Brisbane Indoor Sports Center in Albion will host Olympic basketball and Paralympic wheelchair basketball. Although the venue has yet to be announced, it will have temporary seating for 12,000 people.
  • Redland Whitewater Center in Birkdale will host Olympic canoe slalom events. The new venue has 8,000 seats in a temporary seating overlay and could also be a training ground for canoeists and whitewater lifesavers and state emergency service workers after the Games.
  • Moreton Bay Indoor Sports Center at Petrie in Moreton Bay Regional Council will host Olympic boxing with 7,000 temporary places.
  • Sunshine Coast Indoor Center, planned for the new CBD of Maroochydore or Kawana, will host the Olympic basketball preliminary rounds in a hall with 6,000 to 10,000 seats.
  • Chandler Indoor Sports Center will replace the current Sleeman Sports Complex, built for the 1982 Commonwealth Games. It will host gymnastics.
  • Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba) in Woolloongabba will be completely rebuilt at a cost of approximately $1 billion to slightly increase seating capacity from 42,000 to 50,000. It will be the flagship venue for international and domestic audiences. It will host the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics and possibly T20 cricket.

Brisbane swimming complex in Chandler needs a complete rebuild for diving, canoeing facility to be built at Wyaralong Dam with 15,000 temporary seats, Belmont shooting complex needs a facelift major with 2,000 temporary seats and major upgrades are needed to existing sports at Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba stadiums, where rugby sevens, or possibly rugby nines league, could be played.

And people must be able to get around southeast Queensland via the Cross River Rail and the Brisbane Metro, both of which will operate in 2025.

The athletics events of the 2032 Olympics will take place at The Gabba.  Pictured is Dani Stevens at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The athletics events of the 2032 Olympics will take place at The Gabba. Pictured is Dani Stevens at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.Credit:Getty Images

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has said the final leg of the Gold Coast’s light rail network – Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta – is to be completed for the 2032 Games, in addition to a 220 park center hectares in Robina, near the Games Village in the Gold Coast project.

“The federal election is here, and we’re calling on all parties to commit to the 220-hectare Greenheart project and the final leg of light rail to Coolangatta and the airport,” Cr Tate said.

The new BOCOG and the Olympic Infrastructure Authority are also to plan the main athletes’ village in Northshore Hamilton and two satellite villages in Robina and Maroochydore.

There is time, but the pipeline must be commissioned as soon as possible to avoid increased personnel and resource costs during the five “years of construction”, from 2026 to 2031.

Since this month, only basic preliminary work has started on the ground, with Mr Miles saying the first road works have started in Hamilton for the Games Village.

He said promises for a rail line from Beerwah to Maroochydore and to double rail lines on a section of the Gold Coast rail line had been made, but no high-speed train was on the horizon 10 years old.

On the Sunshine Coast, there are fears that taxpayers will have to fund any gap for infrastructure for the 2032 Games, as two locations jostle for facilities.

The Sunshine Coast Council is presenting cases for new covered stadiums in Kawana or Maroochydore.

A Sunshine Coast light rail system is among the public transport options offered by the Queensland Government ahead of the 2032 Olympics.

A Sunshine Coast light rail system is among the public transport options offered by the Queensland Government ahead of the 2032 Olympics.Credit:Queensland Transport

“Taxpayers will have to fund any capital costs beyond the funding envelope provided by the federal and state governments,” said a spokesman for Mayor Mark Jamieson.

“The assessment will also need to take into account the ongoing operating and maintenance costs of the facility and location ultimately selected, as this will also be an ongoing cost to Sunshine Coast ratepayers.

“The Kawana Sports Complex has been touted as the easiest to develop at present, but this site and the option of a potential location in downtown Maroochydore will be further assessed in line with commitments made to the CIO in 2021.”