Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to get a seat at new Brisbane Olympics leaders forum

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defended scrapping an independent body with oversight of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics infrastructure development, citing Deloitte advice it would cut red tape.

Palaszczuk made the decision to bring the decision making process in-house, with Deputy Premier Steven Miles’ office overseeing infrastructure related decisions, while her office will have oversight for the overall delivery of the Games under Regional Development Department director-general Graham Fraine.

Palaszczuk has announced that both her office and that of her Deputy will report to a specially formed “leaders forum” consisting of representatives from state, federal and local government.

The Mayors of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast will have a seat at the table alongside the South East Queensland Council of Mayors and Organising Committee for the Olympic Games president Andrew Liveris.

“It cuts red tape while, at the same time, provides input from all of our Games partners,” Palaszczuk said.

International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates also backed the move.

“The last thing we should be doing is adding layers of bureaucracy,” Coates told The Courier Mail. “Pleasingly, this model does not.”

Liveris said the forum means all the key decision makers will be represented.

“We are pleased the final governance framework will be directed by a Leadership Forum, which includes the Organising Committee, Queensland and Australian Governments and other Games Delivery Partners so that key decision-makers are at the table,” Liveris said.