Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic Games will likely catalyse positive change in our state – with good reason. World events have always helped us grow.
The 1982 Commonwealth Games and Expo ’88 are acknowledged by many as significant step-changes in the evolution of our city, a coming of age for Brisbane and a jolt of confidence for the region.
The 2032 Olympic Games bid is a similar opportunity. As the next step in our continuing evolution as a region, the bid also represents a chance to reframe what we tell tourists.
By creating a legacy event – through careful planning – the whole of Queensland can benefit from having the world’s attention on us.
While visitor numbers will boom, that’s only one of a raft of potential benefits. Others are just as tangible including infrastructure and services. Others will be unseen but certainly felt, as we experience a sense of pride, investing in our region for athletes and world visitors in the short-term, Queenslanders in the long-term.
The IOC’s recent commitment to creating a legacy for host cities – to ensure the continued use of facilities and infrastructure long after the games have ended – offers a solid foundation from which to build our bid.
What can we develop that already exists? How can we integrate our natural environment and assets?