Support grows for SEQ Olympics bid if it leads to transport boost

An overwhelming number of Gold Coasters would back a South-East Queensland Olympic bid, if it meant fast tracking key infrastructure projects across the region.

A Reachtel poll commissioned by the Council of Mayors found a massive 82 per cent people would support a fast rail network across the south-east.

12 per cent of those polled were against it while 5 per cent weren’t sure.


A fast rail line between the Gold Coast and Brisbane is predicted to slash travel times in half.

The poll comes as figures show the number of cars travelling on the M1 every day has jumped by more than 20,000 over the last five years.

Three-quarters of Gold Coasters surveyed don’t believe transport infrastructure is keeping up with the region’s population growth.

According to the poll, more than 74 per cent of people believed a SEQ Olympic bid would accelerate the delivery of transport infrastructure while 75 per cent were likely to back a Games bid if it meant major transport upgrades.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chair and Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Adrian Schrinner, said the poll results were no surprise.

“The SEQ Mayors embarked on an investigation of an Olympic Games with the belief that it would catalyse all levels of government to address the lack of transport investment in the region, and create a firm deadline to ensure it’s delivered,” said Cr Schrinner.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) is supportive of an Olympic Games only on the basis it delivers regional connectivity for the residents, businesses and visitors of SEQ. Both the SEQ Mayors and the community believe fast rail is key to fixing the region’s transport and congestion issues.”

It comes amid reports the south-east could be declared the hosts of the 2032 Olympics as early as next year.

Olympic host cities aren’t usually announced until seven years before the event, but the International Olympic Committee is set to change the rules.

According to Newscorp, Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates will tell political leaders the 2032 Games are ours for the taking if they really want them.