Game on as Qld government commits $10m to Olympic bid

Queensland’s bid for the 2032 Olympic Games is looking more and more likely, with the state government to commit to a detailed study of its viability.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today that the state government will match the federal government’s $10 million commitment to a detailed study of exactly what an Olympic event could look like in Queensland.

The Premier will chair a cross-government Taskforce, to look at the economic viability, where the money will come from, where the village will be and the transport needed to host the games in the region.

“This could be the greatest thing that ever happened in Queensland,” the Premier said.

“When we join together, we’re unstoppable. Imagine all levels of government, business and the community united behind the single goal of a Queensland Olympics. They’d be the best ever.

“There are many benefits to hosting these games but I want to make sure we know the costs as well.”

The recent IOC decision allowing a bid from a region rather than a city has been hailed a “game-changer” by the Premier, along with continuing to use existing infrastructure.

“This next stage will allow an Olympics that is inclusive of Queensland,” she said.

“We delivered a Commonwealth Games that got the world’s attention, that was inclusive of cities outside the Gold Coast such as Townsville and Cairns and we delivered them on time and under budget.”