SEQ Olympic Pre-feasibility Report reveals roadmap to stronger region

27 / Jul / 2016 | News

The Mayors of South East Queensland (SEQ) today released their Olympic Pre-feasibility Analysis Report, which indicates the region has the capability and capacity to successfully bid for and host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The SEQ Mayors endorsed the conclusions of the pre-feasibility study, which determined there are sufficient economic, social and cultural benefits to warrant further investigation. The Report also highlighted the need for the region to be better equipped to meet its future growth challenges, regardless of an Olympic bid.

Specifically, the Report shows that the region requires a detailed program of work to support SEQ’s future growth, including a People Mass Movement study, a review of sporting and performing arts venues, and a full Olympic feasibility study.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair Cr Graham Quirk said the Mayors were enthusiastic about the conclusions presented in the Report, and now look to work with their respective councils and the Council of Mayors (SEQ) to discuss arrangements to allow the program of work to proceed over the next 12 months.

“How we deal with the challenges of accommodating our increasing population, delivering the right infrastructure, improving our standard of living and growing our economy in a competitive global market will shape the future of SEQ in the decades to come,” said Cr Quirk.

“The Report shows that an SEQ Olympics could be a significant opportunity for the region, but also exposed the need for all tiers of government to work together to create a roadmap for SEQ’s economic, social and cultural growth over the next 30 to 50 years.”

The Pre-feasibility Analysis Report was conducted over a 12 month timeframe, and assessed the region’s ability to meet a number of high level pre-requisites for bidding for and hosting an Olympic Games.

The Report concluded the SEQ region had the potential to mount a successful bid for the 2028 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. However, detailed analysis is required through a People Mass Movement study, a regional venues review and full Olympic feasibility study before any bid should be considered.

“The SEQ Mayors support the conclusions of the Pre-feasibility Analysis Report and the need for further exploration of an SEQ 2028 Olympic Games. However, we will continue to approach this opportunity with caution and careful consideration,” said Cr Quirk.

“Any future Olympic work will only proceed if we are absolutely confident it will deliver value and benefits for our residents. Ultimately, an Olympic bid will only proceed if it makes the SEQ community better and stronger than it would be without a bid.

“Just as the 2000 Olympic Games placed Sydney firmly on the world stage, the SEQ Mayors believe there is merit in exploring if similar or stronger economic, social and cultural benefits could be achieved in SEQ.”