Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed a potential south-east Queensland Olympic bid, but insists Gold Coast ratepayers won’t be contributing to it.
A study commissioned by Council of Mayors SEQ found a compelling case for a tilt at the 2032 Games.
It found the net operating cost of staging the Games would be around $900 million after taking into account sponsorship, broadcast rights, ticket sales and merchandise.
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That’s less than the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast which had a net operating cost of $1.2 billion.
Under the proposal, Brisbane would host the majority of events with some being held on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Mayor Tate says he’d be happy to make our venues available.
“We’ve got the stadium (at Carrara), the hockey fields are probably the best in Australia and the swimming pool, we’ve got it all,” Mayor Tate.
“Matter of fact you can probably hold 80 per cent on the Gold Coast.”
But after spending millions on the Commonwealth Games, the Mayor is definitely not keen to use Council money for another big sporting event.
“I will not commit ratepayers’ funds for bidding on an Olympics.”
“We already put money into the Commonwealth Games that’s why its raised the profile for south-east Queensland.”
“We’ve done our heavy lifting, use that goodwill, you’re very welcome to it.”
“Now use your money to go for it, and we support you in that.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also appears to be lukewarm on the idea of a south-east Queensland bid.
“First and foremost, there would have to be agreement on all levels of government,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Secondly, we’d have to see a strong contribution from the Federal Government, like what we saw with the Sydney Olympics.”
“Thirdly, I don’t think Queenslanders want an Olympics just concentrated in the south-east. We’re a very big state and it would have to be inclusive of Queensland.”
“So there’s a number of hurdles there at the moment but we;ll have a look at the work and we’ll consider it.”