The Sunshine Coast has voted to contribute about (AUD) $200,000 for a full feasibility study on a bid for the 2028 Olympics.
The study on hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is to be prepared over the next 12 to 18 months at a cost of between (AUD) $2 million and $3 million and is now set to also include Brisbane, Redlands, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, the Scenic Rim and Toowoomba.
According to the Brisbane Times Thursday Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said the councils had not yet decided to launch a bid to host the Games. He said “we are not at the point yet where the councils of south-east Queensland are saying we are going to bid. This is another step in a lengthy process to see what the benefits, the costs, challengers and legacies will be.”
He said the Sunshine Coast Council decided to back the bid because it offered the chance to plan for the region’s future growth, adding “this is not just about the Olympics”.
“These studies will deliver highly valuable information and insights that could underpin future planning and decision-making”.
The Sunshine Coast will contribute between (AUD) $171,595 and $214,369 based on the council’s share of south-east Queensland’s population. Jamieson said the council was prepared to contribute “up to $300,000” if the need to revise the contributions from councils needs to be increased. It will make its contributions over the 2016-17 and 2017-2018 financial years.
Only the Gold Coast City Council has elected not to financially support a feasibility study for the 2028 Games.
Australia has hosted the Olympic Games twice, in Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne in 1956. The next Summer Games are set to be staged in Tokyo in 2020 and four cities are in the running to host the 2024 Games including Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.
The International Olympic Committee will open the 2028 bid process in 2019 and will elect a host city in 2021.