At a Council of Mayors (SEQ) Board Meeting on Friday 6 March 2015, the Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) unanimously agreed to support a regional bid for the 2028 Olympic Games.
A subsequent meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Sports Minister Sussan Ley indicated the Federal Government’s willingness to discuss a potential SEQ Olympic bid once detailed feasibility studies had been undertaken.
The President of the AOC, John Coates, has since written to the Council of Mayors (SEQ) giving an in-principle commitment to support the region in the bid exploration process. The SEQ Mayors were also given the opportunity to meet with IOC President Thomas Bach during a recent visit to Sydney.
The next step for the Council of Mayors (SEQ) will be undertaking detailed feasibility studies to establish if South East Queensland could be a suitable Olympics host.
A formal expression of interest for the 2028 Olympics is not required until January 2019, with a formal bid deadline later that year. No funding has been allocated towards the bid, nor is it required at this stage.