Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is scheduled to meet with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner Thursday to further accelerate plans for the state capital and region to bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Plans materialized after Palaszczuk committed her government’s support for the proposed bid, a move welcomed by the municipal and federal partners.
The meeting, confirmed in Brisbane City Council Tuesday, will help lay the groundwork ahead of a September meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) where all levels of government are expected to present a strong, politically united case for the Games in Southeast Queensland.
The September 10 meeting in Lausanne with IOC President Thomas Bach will include Palaszczuk and Schrinner along with Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President and IOC member John Coates, Fairfax Member of Parliament Ted O’Brien, and Star Entertainment chair John O’Neill.
Officials in Australia and other countries are now urgently organizing after in June, the IOC passed new bidding rules that immediately opens the door for all future site selections without fixed deadlines. Earlier this year Coates hinted that the 2032 host city could now be elected as early as 2020.
Other interested countries including India, Indonesia, China and jointly between North and South Korea had been expecting a 2023 application deadline that was set out in the old calendar.
Australia’s bid has been quickly pushed forward – coaxed by the IOC’s Coates who was the Australian architect behind the new process – and now appears to be the overwhelming favorite to host in 2032.
“Later this week I will be meeting with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Chair of the Australian Olympic Commission John Coates and also Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Cairns to talk about the options going forward for the Olympics,” Schrinner said Tuesday according to Brisbane Times.
“So we are bringing all three levels of government together, we are bringing the Australian Olympic Commission chair and now it is time that we get this thing up and running.
“This is where the rubber hits the road. This is where we can deliver outcomes for our region and for our state.”
Schrinner credited the opportunity to the work done by the Council of Mayors in Southeast Queensland that directs future infrastructure funding for local government areas in Southeast Queensland. A feasibility study found that the organic needs for new transportation infrastructure and sports venues coincides with the requirements for the Olympic Games.
“We would never want to see that infrastructure was built just for the Olympics Games,” Schrinner said.
‘That would be a waste. That would not be suitable for our cities needs.
“That is why we focused our efforts on doing the feasibility works, doing the groundwork to make this a possibility,” he added.