There is a case being made by the South East Queensland Council of Mayors to seriously consider preparing a regional bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The ‘region’, branded SEQ would encompass Brisbane, The Sunshine Coast, The Gold Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Redland, Moreton Bay and Logan shires. The main thrust of the case being made is that infrastructure projects currently in progress, as well as those being planned for the future, could be given a valuable boost towards completion earlier than would otherwise happen.
Brisbane’s management of the South Bank project for the World Expo is a perfect example of how the public can enjoy the benefits of such costly enterprises for decades to come. In fact, it is hard to imagine Brisbane without the wide-ranging facilities that South Bank has created for visitors and locals alike. It’s as if a project that was planned primarily for a world-wide purpose led to huge benefits for people from near and far for decades to come – a beautiful place for people from all walks of life to come, to enjoy just being in that space, or to choose from a wide range of social and cultural activities, events and experiences.
How much better would it be if the general public’s future use and applications of such huge government-sponsored projects deliberately and conscientiously included in the planning and implementation process? In this instance, then, people would fully support such projects when they have assurances that what’s in their best interests will be protected and fostered.
It’s possibly along those lines that Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner was thinking, it seems, when he was talking to the media recently. Based on a feasibility report undertaken by the council, he gave assurances that the games could be done in a ‘cost-neutral’ manner while providing useful infrastructure across the region.