Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

SEQ Olympic Games Dream Left in Ruins

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

SEQ Olympic Games Dream Left in Ruins

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Byline: Stuart Cumming

AN OLYMPICS feasibility study promised last year is yet to begin as councils including the Sunshine Coast react to their Games dreams being crushed.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson backed a South East Queensland Council of Mayors proposal in July last year for a detailed investigation into bringing the 2028 Olympics to the region.

Sunshine Coast councillors made their support official two months later, committing up to $214,000 to find out whether or not making a bid was in the region's interests.

They joined Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Toowoomba in jointly funding the study.

Gold Coast, Logan and Moreton Bay councils opted out of contributing.

However, the International Olympic Committee's decision last month to award the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time dashed south-east Queensland's hopes.

The 2028 Games will be played out in Los Angeles, with the 2024 Games likely to be held in Paris.

Council of Mayors chairman and Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, said the Olympic committee's decision had not come as a surprise.

"The Council of Mayors were given a heads up by the International Olympic Committee they were considering awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games later this year," Cr Quirk said.

"The feasibility works associated with the potential bid are identifying and prioritising the future infrastructure needs of south-east Queensland and that is very important for the future of our region whether or not we have an Olympic Games."

As a result, the project plan has been revised and negotiations refocused with potential tenderers.

A decision on which company will do the study is yet to be made.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said the study was about cataloguing and defining the core infrastructure needs for south east Queensland. …

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