Prime Minister Tony Abbot met with ten southeast Queensland mayors Wednesday to discuss hosting the 2028 Summer Olympic Games across their region with Brisbane as the main host. Also at the meeting were Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Sports Minister Sussan Ley.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk told AAP, “all of them said that they would be prepared to look at further information that we put on the table. None of us were expecting any more than that today. Had they said they were not interested under any circumstances then it would have been game over”.
Quirk said it was now up to himself and the other mayors, in conjunction with the Australian Olympic Committee, to put together a pre-feasibility proposal. “We’ll be back in Canberra next year and we’ll have some detailed work done around pre-feasibility and then we can have a real conversation about what may be involved”, he said.
Bids for the 2028 Games will be accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) starting in 2019. Australia has hosted the Games twice – in Sydney in 2000 and Melbourne in 1956.