Southeast Queensland bid for the Olympic Games ‘there for the taking’

Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan has got behind a southeast Queensland bid for the Olympic Games.

In Brisbane for the annual Destination Australia conference, O’Sullivan said the region showed it was capable of hosting large scale sporting events with last year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“The Commonwealth Games provided a great opportunity to position Brisbane and the Gold Coast as truly major international event destinations,” he said.

“From there, I truly believe that the natural next step must be a bid for a Summer Olympic Games, if not for 2032 then 2036. It’s there for the taking.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has previously said he was not prepared to commit ratepayer funds to an Olympic bid proposal.

However, he said upgrading sporting facilities used for the Commonwealth Games for use as Olympic venues would be feasible.