Gold Coasters are being assured they won’t be asked to pay for Queensland’s commitment to the 2032 Olympics.
The city has confirmed that there won’t be any special levies or charges if the state government is to lock in the major event.
Instead, the city will be able to offer a number of venues for events to be held at.
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Mayor Tom Tate says the Olympics will mean great things for the Gold Coast in the long run.
“The Olympics is an opportunity we don’t want to miss. The event would supercharge expenditure in new public transport, community assets and global marketing exposure,” he said.
“At the same time, the ratepayers do not want to be hit with a special levy or charge to be part of the regional games.
“Today, Council has confirmed that we will protect ratepayers so that their rates are spent on what they want and need: improved local amenity.’’
If the Queensland bid is successful, the Gold Coast could be in for an extended light rail beyond Burleigh Heads, further works on the Coomera Connector, a possible heavy rail extension from Varsity to the airport, as well as improvements to our airport.
“All that is up for discussion as the Brisbane2032 team works with the IOC on details,’’ Mayor Tom Tate said.
“The investment in our area would run into the billions so that’s a huge job bonanza for families and a huge stimulus for our city. All positive outcomes.
“Separate to the federal/state/IOC investment, our Council may invest directly in its own city beautification projects, to complement the broader work.
“This could include refurbished foreshore amenities, new nature trails, more facilities for Broadwater Parklands, better streetscaping and lighting and improved national and international marketing of the coast, including trade events and promotions.
“But that would be funds we choose to invest as part of improving our city – not specific to a Games bid. We do not want ratepayers to feel like they are paying for the Olympics.’’
It looks like Queensland will likely be confirmed as the host for the massive sporting event, with the Premier already planning major upgrades in Brisbane if it’s to go ahead.
We should find out whether or not the bid has been successful by mid-year.
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