Bid to host Olympics in 2032 is on the road

Bidding for the Olympic Games for 2032 would be a means for Queensland to fast-track new transport infrastructure in its fastgrowing southeast, according to Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll.

Regional mayors have commissioned research into a bid that could involve building a “masstransit spine” of European-style railways connecting Brisbane to its satellite cities at speeds up to 250km/h.

The rail upgrade, which could enable 45-minute travel from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, would cost between $10 billion and $15bn.

Mr Carroll yesterday said it was “easier and cheaper” for cities and countries to host the Olympics than in previous years, and Queensland was “well placed to consider hosting the Games”.

“A feasibility study conducted by southeast Queensland councils highlighted that Queensland already has the venues, and acknowledged the need for investment in transport infrastructure, regardless of hosting the Games. The decision on who will host the 2032 Games won’t be made for another seven years.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s spokeswoman said the government would consider the mayors’ report, but warned any bid “must include all of Queensland” and not just the southeast.

Infrastructure Australia chair Julianne Alroe said this week the region could “revolutionise” the way Olympic Games are delivered with a “modest” bid focusing on better transport rather than new “white elephant” stadiums.

Ms Alroe conceded Sydney had struggled to capture the Olympic “magic” to resolve its long-term challenges but believed Brisbane could do better.

“Let’s face it: most of the eyeballs on an Australian Olympics are going to be on televisions, not in the big stadiums, so as long as you have a reasonably full stadium and good venues where the Games can be done properly and get people easily between those venues,” she told The Courier-Mail’s Future SEQ lunch in Brisbane. “If we can just bring it down to that scale so we don’t have white elephant stadiums afterwards, I reckon that would revolutionise how the Games are delivered.”

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan said the Games would put southeast Queensland on a “turbocharged platform to the rest of the world”.

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