- Thursday 15 September 2016
Sunshine Coast Council has agreed to contribute funding to the Council of Mayors South East Queensland feasibility study into hosting the 2028 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said today the findings of the study and associated investigations would also be used to shape future SEQ planning and infrastructure decision making.
“The feasibility study will provide the information we will need to determine whether it is in our interests to consider making a formal bid for 2028,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We are not at the point yet where the councils of South-East Queensland are saying we are going to bid.
“Hosting the Olympics and Paralympics is something that interests us as an aspirational region and this is another step in a lengthy process to see what the benefits, costs, challenges and legacies will be.
“It follows on from the Pre-Feasibility Study released in late July, which indicated there are potential options which could see a successful bid delivered in South-East Queensland.
“Further detailed investigation and collaboration with all levels of government, industry sectors and community groups is vital to determine whether any bid should proceed.
“The Council of Mayors are of the view that an SEQ Olympic and Paralympic bid can only - and will only - proceed if it will demonstrably deliver a better region for our residents and a stronger economic, social and cultural legacy for Queensland and Australia.”
The feasibility study will include a long-term, region-wide People Mass Movement study; a detailed analysis of current sporting and performing arts venues and future needs; and a full Olympic feasibility study.
“This is not just about the Olympics,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“These studies will deliver highly valuable information and insights that could underpin future planning and decision making on improving the liveability, functionality and connectedness of South-East Queensland in the future regardless of an Olympic bid proceeding.
“We need to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the region in the coming decades including how to accommodate a growing population, fund and deliver necessary infrastructure and stimulate the economy.”
The COMSEQ resolved in March 2015 to explore the potential for a regional bid for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It was unanimously agreed by the mayors at that time that such a major opportunity to showcase South-East Queensland’s many strengths on the world stage warranted further investigation.
Brisbane City Council, Redland City Council, Somerset Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Toowoomba Regional Council have all resolved to contribute to the detailed feasibility study and associated investigations.
Ipswich, Moreton and Logan councils are expected to make a decision prior to the end of September.
Gold Coast City Council has decided not to contribute given its commitments to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The feasibility study is expected to take 12-18 months.
Sunshine Coast Council will contribute the amount requested by Council of Mayors South East Queensland, this being within a range of $171,595 to $214,369, which is calculated based on the council’s share of the South-East Queensland population.
Council agreed that a total funding envelope of up to $300,000 would be available (should it be required) if the contributions of participating South-East Queensland councils need to be revised once the final cost of the feasibility study and associated investigations is known.
Council’s contribution will be payable across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years.