The Gold Coast Mayor seems pretty confident that Queensland will win the 2032 Olympic bid, already calling on state and federal government to commit to vital infrastructure.
An official decision on where the event will be held isn’t due to be made until July 23, but Queensland is the clear front-runner.
The Gold Coast would play a significant role in hosting various sporting events due to the existing stadium and event spaces here from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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But Mayor Tom Tate is staying ahead of the game, calling on both the state and federal governments to commit to handing over more funding for transport and other infrastructure upgrades.
Ideally, he’s looking for funding for light and heavy rail to the airport, green bridges linking Surfers Paradise and Chevron Island, a boutique stadium and some extra cash for tourism.
He says all levels of government’s need to be ready to make the necessary commitments and that he’s not going to sit around and wait.
“You get off the mark first, you put up your hand and go ‘Olympics – it’s a wonderful sporting event’, but for Queensland, it’s all about infrastructure.”
“The planning and the promise for infrastructure should be brought forward so that any infrastructure we need for the games, roads and the like, we press the button and go for gold now,” he said.