Regions rush to get a slice of the Brisbane Olympics pie

Final confirmation that Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympics has been welcomed by many who call it a game changer for the city.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) general manager Bob O’Keeffe said the news was “the icing on the cake for Brisbane, which is currently experiencing its biggest infrastructure boom in history”.

The South Bank Precinct and BCEC are set to be a hub for the games, with BCEC also being considered as the venue for several Olympic events including badminton, fencing and taekwondo.

Venues across the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast will also be used as hosts for the different events, travelling athletes, media and dignitaries.

The Sunshine Coast is scheduled to host Olympic and Paralympic outdoor events such as cycling, mountain biking, athletics and sailing, as well as football and basketball.

“The Sunshine Coast is well-proven as one of Australia’s premier venues for major sporting and outdoor events, and with our year-round attractive climate and beautiful setting the region is tailor-made for hosting peak-performance sporting events,” said Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel.

“The bid team for the 2032 Olympic Games has clearly done an outstanding job, and we will be working closely with our local Sunshine Coast Council, and the Games’ organising committee, to build momentum and excitement over the next decade.

“While the focus will be mostly on our outside venues, we are very glad to host basketball matches at the Kawana Indoor Sports Stadium, as the Sunshine Coast has been a powerhouse in basketball and netball over the years and there will be capacity crowds for all the games.”

Stoeckel said that a new central business district will also be built at Maroochydore by 2032 which will be the venue for a satellite athletes’ village.

“The Olympics will turbocharge the Sunshine Coast’s economic development and with the new international-capacity runway at Sunshine Coast Airport, there is excellent prospects for attracting additional hotel and tourism development aimed at both domestic and international travellers,” he said.

Toownsville, Toowoomba and Cairns are also in the running for some events and are expected to host preliminary and quarter-final matches for football.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said they had already started formulating a strategy to bring events to the region in 2032, but there would be strong competition from other regions.

“The sporting bodies will be making their decisions probably two to three years out from the Games,” he told the ABC.

Mount Isa Mayor Danielle Slade said they “could step up and be a part of these Olympics

“We have a lot to offer, we host an international rodeo every year,” she said.