The Premier has this afternoon been sworn in as the Minister for Olympics as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
A number of other appointments have also been made in preparation for hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles has become the Minster Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure, in addition to his State Development and Local Government and Planning portfolios.
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While Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe has taken on the additional role of Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement.
Due to taking on the Olympics Portfolio, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has now given her trade and investment portfolio to Treasurer Cameron Dick.
The Premier said these are “small but necessary next steps” as Queensland heads towards its own Games.
“Hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest single transformational project in Queensland’s history,” the Premier said.
“New ministerial responsibilities are small but necessary steps towards 2032.”
Although 2032 seems a long way off, the Premier said there is no time to waste.
“Hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will generate $8 billion in economic and social benefits in addition to 91,600 jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It is the catalyst for the biggest infrastructure building program our state has ever seen with all levels of government co-operating to deliver them in time for the games, not for them.”
The Premier said legislation that will provide for the organisational body responsible for delivering Games projects is being assessed by Games partners.
It will come before Parliament during the October sittings.